Corey Hertzog led the way with two goals and Giorgi Chirgadze tallied two assists as the New York Red Bulls reserves defeated the Columbia University Lions 3-0 at Montclair State University Sunday afternoon.
Red Bulls midfielder Brandon Barklage kicked off the scoring early on when he received a cross from Chirgadze less than 30 seconds into the match to put New York up 1-0.
Forward Jhonny Arteaga watched Hertzog slip free from the defense in the 27th minute and placed a through ball right to the foot of his fellow forward, who delivered home the easy goal to put the Red Bulls in command with a 2-0 lead.
Ryan Maduro nearly made it 3-0 seven minutes later after ripping a shot from right outside the top of the box, but Columbia’s goalkeeper Michael Attal made a superb save and smothered the rebound to keep the ball out.
After the break, it was Hertzog scoring again, this time in the 50th minute, courtesy of another Chirgadze cross.
Chirgadze was buzzing around the goal yet again in the latter stages of the match, when he placed a cross into the box for Arteaga, but the shot just missed the mark and sailed wide of the goal.
Red Bulls goalkeeper Jeremy Vuolo was rarely tested over the course of the match, but did step up big on two separate shot attempts to secure the clean sheet.
NY: Brandon Barklage (Giorgi Chirgadze) 1’
NY: Corey Hertzog (Jhonny Arteaga) 27’
NY: Hertzog (Chirgadze) 50’
NY: Connor Lade (caution) 52’
New York Red Bulls: Jeremy Vuolo (GK), Connor Lade (Mike Cullen** 60’), Tyler Ruthven (Joe Cullen** 60’), Mike Mazzullo**, Jonathan Borrajo, Giorgi Chirgadze*, Victor Palsson, Ryan Maduro, Brandon Barklage, Corey Hertzog, Jhonny Arteaga
Columbia University: Michael Attal (GK), Ifi Akpandak, Jack Gagne, Brendan Ohearn, David Westlake, Nick Scott, David Najem, Steven Dacor (Danny Maldonado 45’), Michael Abraham (Andrew Cezsus 45’), Greg Gudis, Kofi Agyapong (Jonny Timony 45’)
* Academy Player
** Guest Player