Everything you need to know about Revolution II’s 4-0 loss to South Georgia Tormenta on Wednesday night, in quickie form:
Unbeaten streak comes to an end: It was, we can fairly say, an off night for New England’s second team, which suffered its third 4-nil defeat in its inaugural season Wednesday. This time, the four-goal loss came deep in Georgia, with Tormenta wrapping the points up in the first 35 minutes and supplanting New England in seventh position in USL League One. The loss snaps a five-match unbeaten run for Los Revitos, who fell to 5-7-3 and are guaranteed to finish under .500.
Jambala scores the fourth: Devyn Jambaga, a 63rd-minute sub for Tormenta, let loose a rocket of a shot inside the box, tucking it under the crossbar and scoring the fourth goal of the night for the hosts in the 81st minute. New England had difficulty even before then, with only one decent attack: it came just after Isaac Angking subbed on in place of Nicolas Firmino. And to sum up New England’s night, Angking’s final cross of the night found itself parried by Tormenta keeper Pablo Jara, the rebound going into space. Hikaru Fujiwara was first to the ball, but instead of putting it on frame, he blasted it high into the Georgia night just before the full-time whistle blew.
Tormenta puts up a three-spot in first 45: Not the way the Revolution wanted to get this second-to-last match in the season started, as South Georgia potted three. Nil Vinyals took Josh Phelps’ cross after the latter got by Jon Bell and took his time in measuring his shot; he easily beat Keegan Meyer in the 18th minute. Eleven minutes later, it was Phelps scoring, as Meyer had difficulty in corralling a rebound, and Phelps popped it in. Just after the hydration break, Jad Arslan had a banger from inside the box to make it 3-nil. And despite over 62 percent of the ball in the first half, New England barely threatened Tormenta: the Revs had four shots, with only one — by Tiago Mendonça in first-half stoppage time — on-target.
Lineup unchanged: New England coach Clint Peay liked what he had from last Friday’s 1-1 draw against North Texas, as he made no changes to the starting XI Wednesday. Three players reached minutes played milestones in the first half an hour, with 17-year-old Academy prospect Colby Quinones reaching the 1,000-minute mark just before the half-hour mark.
Collin Verfurth: The Virginia native was late in closing down on Vinyals’ opener, but he wasn’t in denying Tristan DeLoach in the 74th minute.
Jon Bell: The center back was at the heart of Tormenta’s first two goals, as he couldn’t close down on Phelps before the cross, and he was late to react on the rebound that Phelps scored. Need him to be better in the season finale.
Keegan Meyer: Even though the defending let him down tonight, Meyer is equally at fault: Vinyals’ goal should have been stopped, and Meyer needed to corral the rebound. He and Bell both had a better second half, and Meyer couldn’t have stopped Jambaga’s tally.
LET’S TALK ABOUT STATS, BABY
8 shots, 1 on-target for New England — a paltry night
63 percent of the ball
84.4 percent passing accuracy
WHAT SWEENS REALLY THINKS RIGHT NOW
While it looked like Keegan Meyer had cleaned things up in the last few games in front of the onion bag, his performance in the first half tonight was less than optimal — but then again, this is the second four-goal loss he’s been in net for New England. If he can’t make better decisions, I don’t know if the Revolution keep him around longer than next season at this level, especially with the young keepers they have in the Academy readying to look for pro minutes.
Ninety minutes to go. It’s the final game of the 2020 League One regular season, and Los Revitos are off to Wisconsin to play Forward Madison this Saturday. Kick-off is slated for 8 p.m.