Newark Drops Home Opener, 2-1
The Express dropped their home opener to rival Brooklyn (Photo by David Katz)
Newark, N.J. (Sunday, May 1, 2009) – The defending Northeast Division champion Brooklyn Knights (1-0) held off a late rally from the host Newark Ironbound Express (0-1) today at Lubetkin Field, taking a 2-1 victory over their division foe. Using a 4-4-2 formation throughout the game, the Knights made the most of their chances to leave Newark with the critical three points.
Newark dominated possession in the opening half of this contest with Brooklyn taking a defensive approach to their game plan. Express forward Jerrod Laventure created a few opportunities for his team, but it would be the Knights that would make good on a chance in the 43rd minute. Newark goalkeeper Derby Carrillo saw a ball take an odd bounce off his post, and Brooklyn forward John Sallhag was there to give the visitors a 1-0 advantage that would stand until the whistle blew for intermission.
The Express had their best scoring opportunity arise in 65th minute when Laventure sent a ball through the Knight defense to a streaking Oral Bullen, who then saw his one touch bounce off the wrong side of the far post. Insurance came for Brooklyn in the 73rd minute, when a Franki Aleshi to Ryan Williams notch gave the Knights a 2-0 lead. Newark was finally able to get themselves on the board in the 89th minute when player/coach Victor Kotynski set up a tally for Express defender David Topolski. Newark nearly equalized the next minute when a Topolski shot sailed just high of the Brooklyn goal, but that would be as close as they would come.
Next up for the Express is a Saturday night pairing with the New Jersey Rangers (0-0-1) on the road before returning to Lubetkin Field on Sunday for a 4:00 p.m. match with the New Hampshire Phantoms (0-0-1).
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