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Red Bulls Reserves drop close decision to West Virginia University

NEWARK, NJ– The Red Bulls Reserves fell to West Virginia University 1-0 on Saturday morning at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Shadow Sebele’s 23rd minute goal for the Mountaineers was the only strike of the match.

West Virginia got an early opportunity in the eighth minute when the Red Bulls turned the ball over in their own area. Peabo Doue won the challenge and stole the ball to get a point blank opportunity, but he shot it wide left from inside the box.

In the 23rd minute, the Mountaineers took the lead when Sebele went in alone on goal and put it into the back of the net with his left boot.

The Red Bulls countered the Mountaineer tally when forward Marcos Paullo led midfielder John Rooney in the 24th minute, giving Rooney an opportunity to shoot, but his attempt sailed just over the crossbar. The Mountaineers answered with a counterattack of their own in the 27th minute when Nick Claudio found Doue inside the box for a volley that was held by goalkeeper Alex Horwath.

Red Bulls Academy product Brandon Allen had the best opportunity of the first half for New York when Rooney found him with some open space inside the box. However, Allen’s shot was parried away by the diving West Virginia goalkeeper Pat Eavenson. Eavenson was put to the test once again in the 45th minute when Allen fed Paullo, who blasted a shot that Eavenson parried away.

West Virginia continued their strong play to start the second half when Sebele blasted a shot from 25-yards out that rang off the crossbar. The Red Bulls were able to counter in the 56th minute when Paullo found Rooney on a nifty through ball, but West Virginia defender Uzi Tayou recovered and stopped the attack, knocking the ball away from Rooney and ending the threat. In the 60th minute, midfielder Matt Kassel intercepted a pass and led a wide open Paullo to the middle of the field, but Paullo was not able to corral the through ball and it went out of reach and over the endline for a goal kick.

The final opportunity for the Red Bulls to even the score came in the 85th minute, as Red Bulls Academy product Dan Metzger took a shot from outside the box that Eavenson had to make a diving save on.  The rebound bounced to the left foot of Allen, who missed an opportunity to net the equalizer, as his shot went wide right, ensuring a 1-0 win for the Mountaineers.

New York Red Bulls 0, West Virginia University 1
April 30, 2011 – Lubetkin Field – Newark, NJ

Scoring Summary:  
WVU: Shadow Sebele 23’ (unassisted)

Disciplinary Summary:  

New York Red Bulls – Alex Horwath (GK) (Chris Konopka* 46’), Sacir Hot, Dane Murphy* (Semso Nikocevic* 70’), Tyler Lassiter, Teddy Schneider, Sean Davis*, Matt Kassel, Dan Metzger*, John Rooney (Erik Sa* 75’), Brandon Allen*, Marcos Paullo

West Virginia University – Pat Eavenson (GK), Raymon Gaddis, Eric Schoenle, Uzi Tayou, Francis Molasoko, Allan Flott, Travis Pittman (Ruben Garrido 67’), Uwem Etuk (Matt Drake 67’), Shadow Sebele, Nick Claudio (Frank Tayou 75’), Peabo Doue (Jay Williams 75’)

*- Non Roster Player