The Rochester Rhinos defeated FC Dallas Reserves 3:0 in Sahlen's Stadium on Friday, July 11th 2014. Rhinos 2012 Most Valuable Player and 2014 leading scorer JC Banks opened the scoring with a first half goal off of an assist from striker Colin Rolfe. Rolfe scored the second goal of the match off of an assist center back Babacar Diallo to give Rochester a 2:0 lead at half time. New England Revs loanee Alec Sundly closed out the scoring late in the second half off of an assist from substitute midfielder Lance Rozeboom. Rhinos rookie goalkeeper John McCarthy earned his eighth overall shutout in 14 career starts for Rochester. The Rhinos win broke a two match losing streak and three match winless streak for Rochester.
Rochester opened the scoring in in the 21st minute. Rhinos right midfielder Jonny Mendoza received the ball on the right flank and served the ball into the box. Attacking midfielder JC Banks made a near post run but left the ball to set up striker Colin Rolfe for a blistering one touch shot on goal. FC Dallas goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez made a reflex save at point blank range to deny Rolfe, but Banks spun off his initial run and was there to tap in the rebound for his sixth goal of the season.
Rochester doubled its advantage in the 31st minute. Rhinos left midfielder Alex Dixon led a break out of the Rhinos half of the pitch down the left flank in the 30th minute. FC Dallas Reserves midfielder Ryan Hollingshead tracked back on Dixon and attempted a sliding tackle. Hollingshead missed the ball but got all of Dixon, and head referee Chris Trottier booked Hollingshead for the tackle. Rochester center midfielder Alec Sundly served the ensuing free kick into the Reserves box from forty yards out on the left flank . Rhinos center back Babacar Diallo, who pushed forward for the set piece, won a header fifteen yards out on the right side of the box. He flicked the ball back across the area to Rolfe on the left post. Rolfe was left completely unmarked and hit a 12 yard volley past a helpless Gonzalez. The goal was Rolfe's first league goal of the season. He had previously scored in three of the Rhinos four Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup matches including the upset victory over D.C. United and the Fifth Round loss to New England Revs.
The FC Dallas Reserves had their best chance of the second half in the 65th minute. FC Dallas attacking midfielder Danny Garcia was played through on the left side of the Rhinos box. After taking two aggressive touches toward goal Garcia played a cheeky back heel to Hollingshead who was behind him. Hollingshead approached the ball and hit his shot to the far post but, Rochester Rhinos rookie goalkeeper John McCarthy dove to his left to parry it away. The rebound found FC Dallas right midfielder Jonathan Top at the top of the Rhinos box, and he hit the bouncing ball with a half volley on goal, but McCarthy was already back on his feet to smother the shot.
The Rhinos scored the final goal of the match in the 87th minute. Rochester substitute center midfielder Lance Rozeboom picked up a loose ball in the middle of the pitch 35 yards out. Rozeboom carried the ball to the top of the box before playing a delicate through ball to Sundly on the left side of the FC Dallas box. Sundly took his first touch away from a Reserves defender, settled the ball with his second touch, and then finished past Gonzalez. The goal was Sundly's first as a professional.
McCarthy made three saves on six shots faced for his seventh clean sheet in eleven league starts this season.
The Rhinos next home match is Saturday, July 19th 2014 at 7:05PM against the Wilmington Hammerheads.
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