Academy Update: U-13s Headline the Weekend

01 May 8:58 am

Academy Update: U-13s Headline the Weekend

By Chris Celletti

The Red Bulls Under-13 Academy team went into the weekend with matchups against two of the region’s top teams and came away with two impressive wins. On Saturday, the Red Bulls faced off against the New York Cosmos. It was an even matched at the start, with both teams feeling each other out, but the Red Bulls struck first right before halftime on a goal by Matthew Olusundae. The second half proved to be more wide open, but the Red Bulls’ defense held firm. Dontae Greer added two more tallies to give the Red Bulls a 3-0 victory. The following day, the Under-13s hosted the Baltimore Bays. The Red Bulls had defeated the Bays 2-1 two weeks ago in Baltimore in a very tightly contested game. However, this time around, the Red Bulls overwhelmed the visitors 6-1 after scoring five goals in the second half. Markez Zella scored three goals and Dontae Greer, Zach Ryan and Christian Martinez each added one apiece for the young Red Bulls.

The Under-14 Red Bulls began their weekend on Saturday against the Cosmos, and the first half ended with the team’s deadlocked at zero. Early in the second half, Marcello Borges opened the scoring, but the Cosmos quickly answered to tie the match. However, John Antunes then set up Anthony Sileo to give the Red Bulls the lead again, while Antunes added an insurance goal late to seal the victory. On Sunday, the U-14 Red Bulls suffered their first loss of the season, falling 2-1 to the Baltimore Bays. Malik Stewart scored the lone Red Bulls goal in the defeat.

On Saturday, the Under-15 Red Bulls also faced the Cosmos, but were unable to find the back of the net, falling 2-0. The squad bounced back on Sunday against the Baltimore Bays, avenging an early-season 1-0 loss. The Red Bulls got two goals from Harrison Steadman and one each from Dante Perez, Tyler Stowell, and Tyler Pinho as they cruised to a 5-0 win.