Photo: Rochester Rhinos
A frantic finish at Cappelli Sports Stadium saw Fury FC pick up a point with a third straight draw sharing the points with the Rochester Rhinos with a 1-1 result Saturday night. Steevan Dos converted a penalty kick in the 71st minute to pull Ottawa level and tie Tom Heinemann’s single season record for most goals in regular season play (8).
Dos Santos, who was playing against his former team, netted his fifth goal in five games – the longest scoring streak in club history. Ottawa was forced to conclude the game with 10 men, as Gerardo Bruna picked up his second yellow card in the 88th minute, during a chippy last 10 minutes.
The Rhinos drew first blood in the 21st minute when Jalen Brown perfectly fed Christiano François, wide open on the far post, and he headed the ball home to give the home side a 1-0 lead.
Fury FC almost tied the game in the stoppage time of the first half when Bruna delivered a great free kick from 40 yards in the box to Dos Santos who headed the ball across the goal, but just wide of the far post. Both teams headed to the locker room with the Rhinos leading 1-0.
With the urge of picking up points, Ottawa started the second half very strong. After a few threatening actions around the box, Fury FC caught their break in the 71st minute when Andrae Campbell – who had a fantastic game down the left flank – was brought down inside the box for a penalty kick.
For a second consecutive game, Dos Santos converted from the spot to bring his team back into the game. In the last 10 minutes, Fury FC threw everything they had at Rochester and they nearly got rewarded in the 85th minute when a swirling shot from Campbell, from just outside the box, but Rhinos’ goalkeeper Daniel Lynd got a piece of it to deflect it over the bar.
Just before stoppage time, Bruna was issued a second yellow card forcing Fury FC to play the last few minutes with a man down. Ottawa ultimately held on to pick up a point in a third consecutive game and keep its playoffs hopes alive.
Saturday’s game was a special one for Carl Haworth, who earned both this 7000th minute and his 100th appearance for Ottawa, making him the first member of Ottawa’s century club. Haworth was subbed off for Adonijah Reid in the 65th minute.
Fury FC will now come back to Ottawa to prepare for their next match when they travel to Charlotte to face the Independence on September 16.
Tickets for all home games are available online at OttawaFuryFC.com/Tickets, by calling 613.232.6767 X1 or in person at The Box Office at TD Place.
Fury FC GM and Head Coach, Julian de Guzman:
“It's a fair result. Rochester was the better team in the first half and we were the better team in the second half so it was an even match. I'm disappointed with the way we started, but I'm happy with the way we finished the game. It's important that we fix that in order to start the game strong and finish it strong. I believe it's a matter of time with the quality we have on this team. Unfortunately, we don't have that many games left and we are absolutely desperate for points, so it's disappointing we weren't able to collect all three points tonight."
Ottawa Fury FC (3-4-3): Irving; Obasi, Martin Del Campo, McEleney (Venter 51'); Campbell, Bruna, Dixon, Barden; Haworth (Reid 65'), Hume, Dos Santos (Sito 78')
Rochester Rhinos (4-1-4-1): Lynd; Rames, Farrell, Felix, Campbell; Forbes; François, Brown (Defregger 88'), Buescher (Tergou 80'), Lee; Graf (Madison 66')
19' ROC- François (Brown)
71' OTT - Dos Santos (PK)
37' OTT - McEleney
63' OTT - Bruna
88' OTT - Bruna (second yellow)
88' OTT - Bruna (second yellow)
September 16 @ Charlotte Independence - 7 p.m. - Sportsplex at Matthews
Next Home Match:
September 24 vs Louisville City FC - 2 p.m. - TD Place