Revolution II action vs. Forward Madison

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – New England Revolution II (3-4-1, 10 pts.) snapped its two-game winless skid with a 2-0 victory on the road over Forward Madison FC (3-2-3, 12 pts.) on Saturday night at Breese Stevens Field. Academy players Noel Buck and Michael Tsicoulias provided the scoring for Revolution II. Goalkeeper Joe Rice made his first appearance since May 16, recording four saves and the fifth clean sheet of his career. Forward Madison had several chances, taking 19 shots and striking the woodwork on five separate occasions.

“It was a gutsy performance for our guys,” said Revolution II Head Coach Clint Peay. “[Forward Madison FC] put us under a lot of pressure and I thought that we were able to weather the storm in the first half and we were opportunists tonight. We took our chances and were effective with our chances, so I was happy to see that.”

Revolution II took the lead just before halftime, with 16-year-old Academy midfielder Noel Buck (2005 – Arlington, Mass.) scoring his team-leading third goal of the season with an assist from Homegrown Player Justin Rennicks – his second consecutive match with a helper.

“I'm starting to feel way more comfortable,” said Buck. “It's a team that feels more like a team environment, and all the guys are getting to know each other more and more. And as the season goes, we’ve gained chemistry and it feels like things are all coming together.”

Academy forward Michael Tsicoulias (2002 – Newton, Mass.) tallied his second goal in as many games, placing a shot perfectly into the top corner in the 80th minute off an assist from Jake Rozhansky.

Homegrown Players Justin Rennicks and Damian Rivera each made their eighth appearance of the season, starting the match before being subbed off late in the second half. Fellow first-team player Collin Verfurth made his season debut with Revolution II after missing the opening seven matches with a lower body injury, seeing action as a substitute in the second half.

"What a feeling it was to come back and get a shutout,” said Rice. “We have to thank the boys in front of me, they held their own as much as I did. Just give a shout out to the 10 players in front of me. And again, it was just an unreal feeling. I'm very grateful just to come back and get a shutout.”

New England will return home next Saturday night, June 26, hosting North Texas SC, the FC Dallas developmental side, at Gillette Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN+.

New England Revolution II 2, Forward Madison FC 0
June 19, 2021 – Breese Stevens Field (Madison, Wis.)

  • New England Revolution II defeated Forward Madison FC, 2-0, on the road Saturday night at Breese Stevens Field. With the win, New England improves to 3-4-1 in USL League One play this season. The victory was also Revolution II’s first over Forward Madison FC, moving their record in the all-time series to 1-2-0.
  • Revolution Academy midfielder Noel Buck (2005 – Arlington, Mass.) put New England ahead inside first-half stoppage time with his team-leading third goal of the season. Buck played 45 minutes and recorded one clearance and one tackle.
  • Homegrown Player Justin Rennicks provided an assist on Buck’s tally, his second of the season and second in as many games. Rennicks played 69 minutes and finished the night with two tackles and 92.3 percent of his passes completed.
  • Academy forward Michael Tsicoulias (2002 – Newton, Mass.) scored his second goal in as many games, curling a shot into the top corner in the 80th minute to double the New England advantage. In 13 minutes, Tsicoulias also won a tackle, had one recovery, and had one key pass.
  • Midfielder and captain Jake Rozhansky recorded his second assist of the season on Tsicoulias’ strike in the second half. The midfielder put in another 90-minute shift, closing the night with four recoveries, an interception, and 87.5 percent of his passes completed.
  • Revolution II Head Coach Clint Peay made three changes to the Starting XI from last Friday’s victory, with Joe Rice, Colby Quiñones, and Noel Buck all starting in place of Brad Knighton, François Dulysse, and Ryan Sierakowski.
  • Academy graduates Dennis Ramirez, Hikaru Fujiwara, and Colby Quinones all saw action in Saturday’s match, with the latter starting for the third time this season and both Ramirez and Fujiwara coming on as a second-half substitutes.
  • Defender Pierre Cayet notched his fifth straight 90-minute performance since joining the club back in April, finishing the contest with team-highs in clearances (5) and interceptions (4). Cayet added three recoveries, a tackle, and 92.2 percent of his passes completed.
  • Defender Sean O’Hearn added another 90-minute performance and has played every minute so far this season for Revs II. O’Hearn finished the night with six recoveries, three clearances, two tackles, and a team-high two blocked shots.
  • Defender Ryan Spaulding had six recoveries, four clearances, three interceptions, two tackles, one key pass, and a shot on target in a 90-minute effort.
  • Midfielder Michel started his fifth straight game and saw 87 minutes of action, finishing the night with a team-best 11 recoveries to go along with a key pass and an interception.


Referee: Chris Ruska;
Assistant Referee: Justin Mack (AR1); Ryan Birdsall (AR2);
Fourth Official: Alex Hofstetter;
Weather: 77 degrees and partly cloudy;
Attendance: 3,208

Scoring Summary:
NE – Noel Buck 3 (Justin Rennicks 2) 45’+1
NE – Michael Tsicoulias 2 (Jake Rozhansky 2) 80’

Misconduct Summary:
NE – Jake Rozhansky (Yellow Card – Bad Foul) 35’
MAD – Carlos Gómez (Yellow Card – Bad Foul) 36’
NE – Michel (Yellow Card – Persistent Infringement) 42’
NE – Joe Rice (Yellow Card – Dissent) 45’+1
MAD – Christian Diaz (Yellow Card – Bad Foul) 47’
NE – Connor Presley (Yellow Card – Bad Foul) 49’
NE – Ryan Spaulding (Yellow Card – Bad Foul) 53’
MAD – Aaron Molloy (Yellow Card – Dissent) 54’
NE – Dennis Ramirez (Yellow Card – Bad Foul) 90’+3

New England Revolution II: Joe Rice; Colby Quiñones (Collin Verfurth 77’), Pierre Cayet, Sean O’Hearn, Ryan Spaulding; Jake Rozhansky ©, Michel, Noel Buck (Hikaru Fujiwara 46’); Connor Presley, Damian Rivera (Michael Tsicoulias 77’), Justin Rennicks (Ryan Sierakowski 69’).

Substitutes Not Used: Marzuq Puckerin, Tyler Freitas, Dennis Ramirez.

Forward Madison FC: Phil Breno; Christian Diaz, Gustavo Fernandes, Conor Tobin, Jiro Barriga Toyama; Christian Enriquez (Michael Vang 60’), Aaron Molloy, Carlos Gómez (Justin Sukow 55’); Derek Gebhard (Ronaldo Lomeli 71’), Noah Fuson, Jake Keegan.

Substitutes Not Used: Aidan Hogan, Tyler Allen, Eric Leonard.

<strong>Forward Madison FC</strong>
<strong>Team Statistics</strong>
<strong>New England Revolution II</strong>
<p align="center">20 (4)</p>
<p align="center" style="margin-left:.5in;">Shots (on Target)</p>
<p align="center">10 (5)</p>
<p align="center">4</p>
<p align="center" style="margin-left:.5in;">Blocked Shots</p>
<p align="center">1</p>
<p align="center">3</p>
<p align="center">Saves</p>
<p align="center">4</p>
<p align="center">6</p>
<p align="center">Corner Kicks</p>
<p align="center">1</p>
<p align="center">3</p>
<p align="center">Offsides</p>
<p align="center">2</p>
<p align="center">14</p>
<p align="center">Fouls</p>
<p align="center">16</p>
<p align="center">505 (85.9%)</p>
<p align="center">Passes Attempted (% Completed)</p>
<p align="center">360 (79.7%)</p>
<p align="center">58.8%</p>
<p align="center">Possession</p>
<p align="center">41.2%</p>