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Record breaking win pushes Revs back into play-off hunt
FOXBORO, MA. – The last place New England Revolution (6-11-9) had their largest victory in team history September 18th defeating the first place Colorado Rapids (10-8-9) by a score of 6-1. Steve Ralston, Pat Noonan and Taylor Twellman each had two goals as the Revs had their highest scoring game in team history. Colorado, who before the match had averaged well under a goal per game against them, allowed the most goals they have all season, twice as much as their previous high of 3 goals. The win, combined with a Chicago Fire loss puts the Revs just two points out of a play-off spot with two games left against the Fire.

The Revs, who had been shut out by the Rapids in their last three outings, fell behind in the 17th minute despite dominating the early play. Jean Philippe Peguero brought down a long lob by Chris Henderson, beat Marshall Leonard and dribbled around Matt Reis before slotting the ball into the empty net. Replays not only showed Peguero to be possibly offsides, but that he clearly brought the ball down with his arm. The Rapids, who were 8-0-2 when scoring first heading into the match seemed in prime position to extend their lead at the top of the standings.

Just a minute later, Pat Noonan intercepted a poor pass by Rapids’ keeper Joe Cannon. Noonan crossed the ball into the box and it deflected off a defender to Shalrie Joseph, who one-timed a shot that deflected off another defender, then Taylor Twellman, before bouncing out of bounds.

In the 25th minute, Richie Baker sent a perfect cross into the box that Taylor Twellman dove to redirect on target. Cannon, the frontrunner for Goalkeeper of the Year, made a spectacular diving save to deny Twellman.

Two minutes later, the Revs managed to break through, when Baker played a through ball to Steve Ralston. Ralston, who was playing as a defender due to injuries and suspensions, ran through the box and sent a shot that beat Cannon, but hit the woodwork and came right back to Ralston, who slotted it into the empty net for his fourth goal of the season.

Less than a minute later, Twellman stole the ball from a Rapids defender then dribbled into the box before sending a shot to the left of a diving Cannon for his seventh goal of the season.

Ralston scored his second goal of the night in the 36th minute, when the Revs were awarded a penalty kick for a Pablo Mastreoni hand ball. Ralston stepped up to take the PK sending it to Cannon’s left as he dove the other way.

Ralston turned provider on the next goal, dribbling into the box before sending a pass to Noonan at the top of the 6-yard box in the 40th minute. Noonan easily chipped it over Cannon for his tenth goal of the year.

Two minutes into the second half, Jean Philippe Peguero was sprung on a break-away, but Revolution goalie Matt Reis came charging out to block his shot.

Noonan topped the Budweiser Scoring Charts in the 50th minute, when he hit a Brian Kamler cross over Cannon from close range for his 11th goal of the season.

Felix Brillant came into the match for Pat Noonan in the 71st minute and provided an immediate spark with his speed. Brillant charged down the field and into the box, drawing out Joe Cannon before sending a pass to Twellman, who slotted the ball into the empty net.

"The difference tonight from the other night was we put the ball in the net tonight. It makes a difference,” Head Coach Steve Nicol said after the match. “It gives confidence all around the team, defensively or attacking. Scoring goals just helps unbelievably."

The Revs next travel to Chicago to face the Fire on September 25th. The game can be seen live on Fox Sports Net New England at 9:00PM.
September 19, 2004 Sean Donahue



Email: sean@mlsfan.net

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Scores
Sat., Apr. 14th
6:00PM ET
Salt Lake 0
Columbus 0

Sat., Apr. 14th
7:30PM ET
New England 0
Toronto 0

Sat., Apr. 14th
7:30PM ET
DC United 0
Kansas City Wizards 0

Sat., Apr. 14th
8:30PM ET
Houston 0
Chivas USA 0

Sat., Apr. 15th
3:00PM ET
New York 0
Dallas 0

Sun., Apr. 15th
8:00PM ET
Colorado 0
Chicago 0

Standings
East
Team Name Pts
Chicago 3
Columbus 1
New York 1
DC United 0
Kansas City 0
New England 0
Toronto 0

West
Team Name Pts
Dallas 4
Chivas USA 3
Colorado 3
Houston 1
Los Angeles 1
Salt Lake 1

Top Ten Scorers
Top 10 Scorers
Player Name Gls
Ruiz 2
Cooper 2
Cunningham 2
Kljestan 1
Brown 1
Emilio 1
H. Gomez 1
Findley 1
Razov 1
Pause 1