(Central Jersey) - The Real Central NJ Soccer (RCNJ) men’s team fought hard in a physical 1-2 home loss against a strong Northern Virginia FC squad on Wednesday, June 2nd. The team had a good showing despite the scoreline behind a “Player of the Match” performance by centerback and captain, Harrison Taylor.
“I thought we did well, but we were unlucky in conceding the two goals,'' said Harrison Taylor, centerback and co-captain. “I think our ability to fight to comeback and really put the pressure on to push for that second goal was important for the boys.”
“We had a bad fifteen minutes at the end of the first half. I thought we were good in the beginning; I thought we were better in the second half and showed some life,” said coach Patrick Snyder. “We made changes and some of the guys helped change up the attack and helped give us a shot.”
Real Central NJ started the game off well by attacking down the wings and creating several great opportunities that we're unable to reach the back of the net. The best of those chances came in the 18th minute when Ibrahima Diop broke through on goal and drilled a shot off the post from a tough angle.
Defensively, the team was organized and was able to fend off numerous attacks by Northern Virginia FC behind Harrison Taylor. Goalkeeper, Max Blacker, also played well, making several impressive saves that kept Real Central NJ in the game.
After being down 2-0 to start the second half, Real Central NJ put on the pressure and was able to earn a penalty from a Northern Virginia FC mistake in the 87th minute. Wesley Legget stepped up for the penalty and slotted the ball past the keeper to make the game 2-1. In the dying embers of the match, Legget received a red card after a scrap in the corner as RCNJ sought the equalizer.
Real Central NJ Soccer will be finishing up their five-match club homestand on Friday, June 4th with the women’s team hosting Inter AC, at 7 pm for the team’s second WPSL fixture.
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