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New York Red Bulls Academy U23 1, Boston Tea Men 1

New York Red Bulls Media Relations
June 10, 2010—8:35 a.m. EST

NEWARK, N.J.—Matt Bouraee’s header in the 88th minute salvaged a 1-1 tie for New York Red Bulls Academy U23 against the visiting Boston Tea Men in a rain-soaked National Premier Soccer League matchup Wednesday night at Lubetkin Field on the campus of New Jersey Institute of Technology.

The Tea Men had broken a scoreless tie with an unlikely goal in the 64th minute. It was unlikely because it was scored by Taylor Bracken, who began the game on the bench as a backup goalkeeper, but was forced into action as a field player in the 36th minute, filling in for the injured Paul Fomenky.
The final shot and corner kick totals reflected the Red Bulls’ control of the ball and the Tea Men’s willingness to rest their chances on playing strong defense. New York outshot the visitors, 28-7, and also had a 14-4 advantage in corner kicks.

Boston goalkeeper Vinny Papageorgiou was credited with 10 saves, while Red Bulls keeper Sheldon Parkinson, who had posted shutouts in all three of his previous NPSL games this season, made one save.

Wednesday’s draw left the Red Bulls with 10 points in the Northeast-Atlantic Conference of the NPSL on three wins and a tie in four starts. The Tea Men earned their second point of the season and now have two ties and three losses in five contests.

The best chance for either side in the first half was a header by Red Bull Kwame Holder that rattled off the crossbar in the 26th minute.

The first-half shots favored the New York Red Bulls, 9-3, but Papageorgiou needed only one save, plus the help from the crossbar on Holder’s shot, to maintain the scoreless tie.

The Red Bulls stepped up their attack to open the second half, but it was Boston that got on the board first.

The Tea Men were applying pressure midway through the half and a shot was blocked by the Red Bulls defense. But the ball found its way behind Parkinson, the Red Bulls keeper, and Bracken was the man on the spot, knocking the loose ball into the net.
The nearly half-hour remaining saw the Red Bulls push forward almost constantly looking for the equalizer and the Tea Men, defense-minded to begin with, became even more so in a bid to maintain the lead.

After a series of forays, the Red Bulls finally drew even, as Sachir Hot, with close to 20 players crowded into Boston’s defensive third, headed the ball forward to Bouraee, who nodded the ball home himself in the 88th minute.

“It’s pretty disappointing to get just the one point,” said Red Bulls coach Rob Elliott. “Give full credit to them (Boston) for making it difficult for us to get that goal, but we wasted a lot of time without scoring and then got punished for it when they scored. We can’t afford to wait for the other team to score before we get it going.”

New York Red Bulls Academy U23 will be back in action with another NPSL match at the New Hampshire Mountaineers on Saturday, June 12.