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Revs blow two goal lead, lose to Metrostars
East Rutherford, NEW JERSEY – The New England Revolution gave up a 2-0 lead and fell to the Metrostars for the first time in ten games. Goals by Taylor Twellman and Pat Noonan in the first 15 minutes ended the Revs scoring drought and seemed to put them in prime position to get a much needed win, but it wasn’t to be as the Metrostars scored three unanswered goals to send the Revs five points out of a play-off spot with five games remaining.

The Metrostars took control of the match early forcing Matt Reis into a big save less than 30 seconds in when Eddie Gaven broke free in the box and sent in a shot on target. Less than two minutes later John Wolyniec headed a Chris Leitch cross just wide.

The Revs took the lead in the 5th minute when Pat Noonan headed in a Steve Ralston free kick. The goal was Noonan’s 11th in 10 career games against the Metrostars.

Taylor Twellman broke his scoring drought in the 14th minute, when Pat Noonan headed a long free kick from goalie Matt Reis to Steve Ralston. Ralston than headed it to Twellman who raced after the ball and managed to head it over a charging Jonny Walker.

Matt Reis came up big in the 19th minute managing to save a deflected Eddie Pope shot off a Mike Magee corner kick. Six minutes later he raced off his line to stop Fabien Taylor on a breakaway.

In the 30th minute Eddie Gaven fell down in the Revolution penalty box as Joe Franchino and Steve Howey both tried to get the ball off him. While there appeared to be little or no contact from any Revolution player, referee Abiodun Okulaja pointed to the spot. Mike Magee took the penalty kick and sent it straight down the middle as Matt Reis dove to his left.

The Metrostars came close to equalizing in the 35th minute, but a great diving save by Reis stopped a Jeff Parke header. Reis was unable to stop an Eddie Pope header a minute latter, but Pat Noonan managed to clear it off the line.

Joe Franchino, who was making his first appearance since suffering from a hip strain, was taken out in the 37th minute for Avery John. Franchino was having trouble keeping pace with the Metrostars offense.

The Revs were denied a break-away in the 45th minute, when Jeff Parke tripped while chasing down Pat Noonan and grabbed the ball with his hand. The ball slipped loose and if the referee had allowed play to go on, Noonan would’ve been clean through on goal. Instead the infraction was called and Parke was given a yellow card, while the Revs received a free kick that amounted to nothing. Two minutes later, Noonan had another good opportunity, but his shot went just wide.

The Metrostars took the lead in the 48th minute when an unmarked Eddie Gaven received a deflected pass and sent it past Reis. Gaven celebrated as some of the Revs appealed for offsides to no avail.

Clint Dempsey sent a through ball in the 48th minute to Brian Kamler, who hammered a shot on target that Jonny Walker tipped over the net. Four minutes later, Pat Noonan got on the end of a Steve Ralston corner kick and slammed a hard shot on target from 6-yards out, but it was right at Walker. Walker stopped Noonan again three minutes later. Taylor Twellman sprung Noonan on a breakaway in the 59th minute, sending a quick free kick to him, but Noonan’s shot bounced off the left post.

Second-half substitute Cornell Glen scored the game-winner for the Metrostars in the 88th minute. John Wolyniec sent a through ball to Glen, who the Revolution defense had tried to pull offsides. Avery John chased him down, but couldn’t prevent him from sending a shot just out of reach of Matt Reis and into the back of the net. The Revs again appealed for offsides and Abuidun Okulaja checked with his assistants, but the goal stood.

Taylor Twellman and referee Okulaja both went down in the 78th minute as Twellman was clobbered by Walker and Okulaja was hit in the head by a Tenwya Bonseu clearance. Both stayed on the ground, but eventually got up and appeared ok. This lead to seven minutes of stoppage time in the second half, but the Revs were unable to take advantage of it.

The last place Revolution now head back to Foxboro, five points out of a play-off spot with five games left, as they host the first place Colorado Rapids at 7:30PM on September 18th.
September 11, 2004 Sean Donahue


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