Everything you need to know about Revolution II’s 4-0 loss to Forward Madison Friday evening in quickie form, complete with Bay State Soccer Sentinel insight and analysis:
Second straight 4-0 defeat for Revs II: A tough night — more like a tough second half — for The Little Lads In Blue, as New England surrendered three second-half goals, all coming off defensive mistakes. The 4-0 defeat is the second straight loss by that scoreline, and including the final half-hour plus of Revolution II’s first win, the Revs’ second team is now at 213 minutes without scoring a goal. The win for Forward Madison is the Flamingos’ fourth straight W, which moves the tourists to fourth in the USL League One table.
Defensive mistakes costly: Already under the cosh with their fifth consecutive goal allowed that went unanswered, three defensive mistakes dug the Revs further into a hole and are now at eight consecutive goals allowed. The first was a 61st-minute own goal by Collin Verfurth after an indirect free kick was awarded to Madison at the top of the New England 6-yard box after Ryo Shimazaki was adjudged to back pass to Joe Rice; Rice argued that Paulo, Jr. had deflected it, an argument that fell on deaf ears. Josiah Trimmingham had pinged it off the wall, and Verfurth was last to touch it. Goal No. 3 comes in the 88th minute, as Adolfo Ovalle — on loan from Toronto II — hit a boomer that made the onion bag burp; that was off a missed 50/50 ball by sub Hikaru Fujiwara. Three minutes later, Verfurth had a lazy pass that Wojciech Wojcik intercepted and popped in.
Madison jumps out to a 1-nil lead: With well over 50 percent of the ball and with the Flamingos making Rice feel like he’s standing in the middle of a shooting gallery — and Rice made some nice saves — this goal was coming… but not in the way Revs Colony will want to hear about. A re-starting pass from Rice to Maciel at the top of the 18 saw the Brazilian dispossessed by Michael Vang, who proceeded to dribble in and chip Rice for his second goal of the season in the 39th minute.
Several changes for Revs II: Clint Peay shuffled the deck a little bit as he made five changes to the XI. Rice replaced Keegan Meyer in keep, with Ryan Spaulding moving back to the back line from the wing, sitting Colby Quinones. In the midfield, Providence College product Tiago Mendonça replaced Isaac Angking, who was questionable, while up top Damien Rivera returned and Newton native Michael Tsicoulias made his League One debut.
Tiago Mendonça: The former Providence College midfielder has been reduced to spot run-outs since his season-opening start against Union Omaha, and he has been cautioned three times since. But with Angking out, the big midfielder stepped in and really made his presence felt. He kept set pieces alive that normally wouldn’t, and he made some eyebrow raising stops that makes us wonder why he’s not getting a lot of minutes.
Collin Verfurth: It looked like he would have another solid night right from the word go, as he had a clearance in the first minute; he even saved Shimazaki’s bacon once. And we can forgive the own goal, given the circumstances surrounding the indirect free kick. But the bad pass for Madison’s fourth and final goal of the night, no… unforgivable for a professional contract defender, regardless of the level he’s currently at.
Ryo Shimazaki: It may not necessarily be fair to Ryo, seeing as his assignment Friday was to try to contain Paulo, Jr. We mentioned in Soccer Weekend about the Brazilian’s pace and Madison’s tendencies to play toward him, and in the first 45 minutes, Paulo, Jr. practically picked on him time and again, and Shimazaki’s decision-making at times didn’t look great.
LET’S TALK ABOUT STATS, BABY
Revs II had 47.7 percent of the ball, up from 44.7 percent in the first half.
81.1 percent passing accuracy. 63.8 percent passing in the opponent’s half.
10 shots, 3 on-target. 5 shots, 1 on-target in the second half.
Joe Rice had 6 saves.
Maciel had 90.4 percent passing accuracy, which was the highest passing accuracy of any Revs II player that went the full 90 minutes.
WHAT SWEENS REALLY THINKS RIGHT NOW
Honestly? I don’t know what to think right now. This team seems to be regressing. I honestly thought Peay should have subbed Shimazaki out at the half when he saw how hard the youngster had it against Paulo, Jr; maybe sub in Quinones to left back and shift Spaulding to right back, give Paulo a different look — as well as a touch more physicality to deal with. That didn’t happen. The offense is stagnant: 0 shots on-target last weekend, only 3 Friday with only one in the second 45. And I don’t know about you, and I’m not naming names, but there were a couple of moments there even at 1-0 where a couple of Revolution II players looked thoroughly disinterested in playing for the shirt.
It’ll be a week off for Revs II, and they’ll be back here at Gillette next Wednesday as they host Chattanooga at 7 p.m.