June 3, 2012
10-man Italians edge Rhode Island, 2-1
BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Moriken Sangary scored in the 73rd minute as the short-handed Brooklyn Italians defeated the Rhode Island Reds, 2-1, on Saturday night to keep their National Premier Soccer League playoff quest alive.
Sangary, on a ball played behind the defense by Christian Camacho, dribbled around goalkeeper Byron Register.
“I was playing very high next to the last defender lurking around," Sangary said. "Camacho played a great ball, I took off and dribbled around the goalkeeper and I just knocked it home.”
Cristian Turizo scored in 62nd minute, on a very clever goal to draw the Brooklyn Italians (5-2) even.
The Italians weNT down to 10 men in the 83rd minute after Arthuer Kulkov was shown his second yellow card of the match. Referee Igor Gvozdik brought out the card after Kulkov was called for a trip from behind. Kulkov earned his first yellow card in the 10th minutes for his hard tackle on Rhode Island captain DePina.
“It’s a brilliant performance,” Italians coach Lucio Russo said. “We had a very good second half. The adjustments made the difference. I mean, you can’t demand anything else.”
Andreas Wilder scored for Rhode Island (1-1-3) in the 26th minute, a quality goal that goalkeeper Antonio Salluzzi (four saves) had no chance.
“I am happy, the team showed lots of character, we settled down, Antonio Salluzzi made a very good save when we were down 1-0 and that was important,” Russo said. “Turizo is a game breaker, and today he showed his quality.”
Brooklyn Italians travel to Maine on June 9 to play Seacoast Maine and then to New Hampshire on June 10.
The Italians will play their next home game Saturday, June 23 at 5 p.m. against the Red Bulls at John Dewey High School.