New England Revolution II (2-0-1, 8 pts.) defeated FC Cincinnati 2 (1-2-0, 3 pts.) at Gillette Stadium by a score of 3-2 on Sunday afternoon, completing the comeback after being down by two at halftime. Revolution Academy midfielder Jack Panayotou scored his first two career goals, notching the fourth brace in team history. The midfielder opened the scoring for New England in the 58th minute with his second goal being the game winner, while midfielder Ryan Lima tied the game in the 68th minute.
“It felt amazing to score my first professional goal," Panayotou said postgame. "I think I went to make a little run for it and the ball popped up, came to me. I felt relaxed and put it away. And then the second goal the ball went out wide to Jake [Rozhansky] and he’s a great player. I knew he was going to find me in the box, made the run and it was an easy finish.”
Revolution II Head Coach Clint Peay made three changes to his lineup with Ítalo Dos Santos, Colby Quiñones, and Noel Buck starting in place of Ryan Spaulding, Trevor Zwetsloot, and Meny Silva. Jacob Jackson earned his third start of the season where he made five saves on seven shots.
Revolution II midfielder and captain Jake Rozhansky recorded his first assist of the season, crossing the ball to Panayotou for the game-winning goal in second-half stoppage time.
“Just do the same thing. We know we can’t start games like that again because not every time we will be able to come back from there," Rozhansky stated of how New England plans to carry this momentum forward. "It’s hard to score three goals in any game, but just continue because we have won three games off the bat, two games winning and one game kind of a tie in penalties. If we can just continue that, picking up points, that’s the goal.”
New England returns to action on Sunday, April 24 as Revolution II visits Orlando City B at Exploria Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on MLSNEXTPro.com.
New England Revolution II 3, FC Cincinnati 2
April 17, 2022 – Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)
· 17-year-old Revolution Academy midfielder Jack Panayotou scored his first two professional goals after coming in as a sub, logging 45 minutes. The midfielder made his professional debut with the team two weeks ago where he became the 20th current or former Revolution Academy player to make his pro debut with Revolution II.
· Brazilian forward Ryan Lima notched his first goal with Revolution II with a long-range effort after coming in as a sub for Michel at halftime.
· Goalkeeper Jacob Jackson made five saves on seven shots in his third start of the season.
· Damian Rivera led New England with five shots on goal, while Panayotou recorded three.
· Midfielder Jake Rozhansky completed 89.2% of his passes and notched his first assist of the season on Panayotou’s game winner in second-half stoppage time.
· Defender Pierre Cayet made his second appearance of the season, entering the game in the 46th minute in place of Colby Quiñones.
· Alongside Rozhansky, Damian Rivera, Ben Reveno, Sean O’Hearn, and Ítalo Dos Santos all earned starts and each logged 90-minute shifts.
Referee: Ernie Constantine.
Assistant Referees: Jeremy Smith (AR1), Joe Franks (AR2).
Fourth Official: Nicole Vesia.
Weather: 48 degrees and cloudy.
CIN - Arquimides Ordonez (Unassisted) 14’
CIN - Avionne Flanagan (Zico Bailey) 22’
NE - Jack Panayotou (Unassisted) 58’
NE - Ryan Lima (Sean O’Hearn) 68’
NE - Jack Panayotou (Jake Rozhansky) 90’ + 2’
NE - Michel (Yellow Card - Bad Foul) 28’
NE - Ítalo Dos Santos (Yellow Card - Bad Foul) 36’
CIN - Kai Thomas (Yellow Card - Bad Foul) 40’
NE - Ben Reveno (Yellow Card - Bad Foul) 84'
New England Revolution: Jacob Jackson; Ítalo Dos Santos, Sean O’Hearn, Ben Reveno, Colby Quiñones (Pierre Cayet 46’); Jake Rozhansky ©, Hikaru Fujiwara (Jack Panayotou 46’), Michel (Ryan Lima 46’), Damian Rivera, Noel Buck, Esmir Bajraktarevic (Trevor Zwetsloot 73’).
Substitutes Not Used: Yannik Oettl, Max Weinstein, Meny Silva, Triton Beauvois, Mike DeShields.
FC Cincinnati 2: Beckham Sunderland; Ashton Kamdem, Kai Thomas, David Garcia (Owen Noverr 61’), Morgan Marshall; Avionne Flanagan (Maxwell Miller 85’), Zico Bailey, Leonardo Vazquez, Arquimides Ordonez; Gerardo Valenzuela (Darrell Turcios 75’), Andrew Akindele
Substitutes Not Used: Khris Turcios, Paul Walters, Daniel Martin, Nique Daley.