NEWARK, NJ (July 21, 2012) - The Philadelphia Union Reserves shutout the New York Red Bulls Reserves, winning 2-0 at Lubetkin Field on the campus of NJIT. The Union were led by Antoine Hoppenot, who opened the scoring for Philadelphia, and Jorge Perlaza, who added the insurance goal. Philadelphia goalkeeper Chase Harrison recoreded the shutout.
The Union got the first scoring chance of the match in the 2nd minute on a corner kick, when Hoppenot ripped a shot just wide left of goal. Philadelphia got another scoring opportunity in the 6th minute when Hoppenot threaded a cross into the box to Union forward Keon Daneil, but Vuolo was there for the save.
The early attacking efforts of the Union paid off in the 7th minute, as Hoppenot beat Vuolo with a shot into the lower right portion of the goal, off an assist from midfielder Roger Torres. Philadelphia almost doubled their lead just a minute later, but Keon Daniel’s effort hit against the left post, keeping the score 1-0.
In the 17th minute New York ripped their first shot of the game, but Red Bulls forward Jose Angulo’s effort sailed high over the net for a goal kick. Angulo had another chance in the 23rd minute, registering New York’s first shot on net, as Union keeper Harrison was there for save on the low shot. In the 26th minute Union forward Peralaza took a shot on goal from 15-yards out that Vuolo caught for his second save of the match.
The Red Bulls nearly scored the equalizer in the 34th minute, off a corner kick from midfielder Medhi Ballouchy. New York defender Stephen Keel was unable to find the back of the net, however, sending his header just wide of the right post.
Union midfielder Christhian Hernandez almost stretched the Union lead to two in the 49th mintue, blasting a shot from inside the box directly into the hands of Vuolo. The Red Bulls keeper made another save in the 59th minute, deflecting Daniel’s shot after the Philadelphia forward had broken free.
The Union scored their second goal in the 78th minute, when Peralaza headed home a corner from midfielder Zach Pfeffer. The shot beat Vuolo on the right post, increasing the Union lead to 2-0. Philadelphia had a shot to to make it three in a row, but Vuolo made a diving save on Chandler Hoffman’s strike in the 83rd minute.
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