New York Cosmos 2
North Carolina FC 2
Goals: NYC: 7’ Irvin Herrera (assist Ayoze), 84’ Kalif Alhassan (assist Andres Flores); NCFC: 11’ Billy Schuler, 45’ Lance Laing
Irvin Herrera opened the scoring in the 7th minute, finishing an Ayoze cross with great precision, tallying his second goal in as many games for New York and putting the hosts ahead in the 7th minute. North Carolina tested goalkeeper, Jimmy Maurer, consistently right after Herrera’s goal. The Cosmos shot-stopper made several saves before the visitors managed to put in the equalizer. A Billy Schuler right-footed volley in the 11th minute from outside the box leveled the score. New York had an opportunity to retake the lead in the 24th minute when Herrera found Eugene Starikov, but his resulting shot from the center of the box went wide. The Cosmos soon unlocked North Carolina’s defense, with Herrera testing goalkeeper, Brian Sylvestre. Midfielder, Walter Restrepo, kept the pressure on, adding a mighty effort at the near post in the 34th minute. The game remained even, as the visitors challenged Maurer in the 38th minute. The Cosmos keeper came through, denying Lance Laing from close range. However, Laing put North Carolina ahead in the 45th minute through a free kick, bending his shot past New York’s wall and into the net. Both teams kept moving forward in the second half. Cosmos midfielder, Javi Márquez, tried to equalize the match in the 53rd minute with a left-footed shot from the center of the box. North Carolina forced Maurer to punch clear in the 55th minute as New York continued to press in the final third. Midfielder, Andrés Flores, had a go at the net in the 61st minute. An excellent cross from Mulligan two minutes later found the Salvadoran, but his shot from a tight angle failed to test Sylvestre. An 83rd-minute attempt by Herrera was blocked in the box, after which the subbed-in Kalif Alhassan got on the scoreboard, putting in his first goal for the Cosmos in the 2017 NASL Spring Season to tie the game in the 84th minute. The Ghanaian lifted the ball into the back of the net with an artful chip.
Cosmos Head Coach Giovanni Savarese…
“I thought we did a lot of good things today, especially in the first half. Towards the second half we became tired, but sometimes we have to see the positive side and the positive side is that we found a goal that gave us a point today.”
The Cosmos close out its three-game home stand with a face-off against Puerto Rico FC on Friday, June 16, at 7:30 p.m.