All you need to know about Revolution II’s 1-0 win over Greenville Triumph Wednesday night in quickie form, complete with Bay State Soccer Sentinel insight and analysis:
Winless no more: They got their first point in their first game, got their first goal two weeks ago, and all they needed was that first win… and they got it against the best team in USL League One. Revolution II claimed its first victory as a program on Wednesday night, as The Little Lads In Blue scored a 1-nil triumph over Greenville at Gillette Stadium. Ryo Shimizaki scored the only goal needed in the 57th minute to claim the victory, and New England stiffened in defense in the last 10-plus minutes of the game in order to secure it. Revs II are now 1-2-2 on the year, and move up to 10th place for now.
Shimizaki puts Revs ahead: The feed and the finish were pure masterclass, as Shimizaki — a Columbus castaway following SuperDraft in January — scored on Nicolas Firmino’s cross. The key, though, was Shimizaki’s off-the-ball run right up the middle of the pitch
First half started lackluster, few good chances: Much like the first team on Tuesday, the second team had its troubles in the early going; Greenville had upward of 70 percent possession in the first quarter of an hour and didn’t let the Revolution get out of its own end. And much like the first team ahead of Tuesday, the second team had difficulty in generating shots and chances. A couple of tries by Firmino and Mayele Malango were rather weak, and Firmino scuffed the best chance of the normal 45, as Isaac Angking’s volley went to him alone inside the 6-yard box, but he scuffed it over the bar and into the Optum Lounge. Angking ended up having the best on-target chance, a left-footer from the top of the 18 that USL League One 2019 Goalkeeper of the Year Dallas Jaye dove to stop. Revs II had three shots on target and eight total shots in the first half. And while the Triumph had more of the ball, they weren’t entirely dangerous with six shots, one on-target.
A few changes for Revs II: Clint Peay was back in the technical area, and there was some rotation for the home side. Joe Rice returned to man the onion bag, with Shimizaki returning into the back line to give Ryan Spaulding a partial night off. Malango returned to the XI, as well, switching out with Hikaru Fujiwara. Connor Presley also returned to the starting lineup, replacing Damian Rivera.
Collin Verfurth: Simply put, another week, another HOT listing for the Virginia native who is doing his level best to anchor the back line and keep either Joe Rice or Keegan Meyer clear the last couple of games. He had 11 of the Revs’ 18 clearances tonight.
Ryo Shimizaki: A masterclass strike for his first professional goal.
Isaac Angking: He had the closest chance that was absolutely solid prior to Shimizaki finding the back of the net, and he also had 92.5 percent passing accuracy tonight.
Orlando Sinclair: Not the first time we’ve logged him down, and we’re wondering if Peay will give him a seat this weekend. He had one shot, and it was off-target, and he lost five of the seven duels he had.
Mayele Malango: Can’t be the hero every night. He was off, too, and he lost seven of the 10 duels he was a part of. He had five shots, two on-target… but they weren’t necessarily great ones.
LET’S TALK ABOUT STATS, BABY
43.6 percent possession tonight
Six offside flags went up against the Revs
Five crosses, none were accurate
13 shots, five on target.
WHAT SWEENS REALLY THINKS RIGHT NOW
Collin Verfurth is playing like a man amongst boys. He’s playing a fantastic role with Revs II right now, given the defensive situation for the first team — and that in and of itself deserves a column of its own. I can see, down the line, a Verfurth pairing with Henry Kessler when it’s all said and done. If he can keep this up — and yes, I understand that the level of striker between MLS and USL League One is at such a disparate level — he will be a solid late-game substitute at the beginning of his MLS tenure if and when he can make the first team.
It’s an early start for Revs II on Saturday, the first game of a soccer doubleheader. Revs II will be in action at 1 p.m. as they travel south to play Chattanooga Red Wolves.