Cosmos B End Road Trip Perfect with 5-0 Win

Ruben Bover's brace leads the way over the Brooklyn Italians for Cosmos B, who are 8-1-0 (WDL) in their first NPSL season.
Jason Lind | Jul 3, 2015

By Jason Lind

THURSDAY, JULY 2 | COSMOS B 5, BROOKLYN ITALIANS 0

Venue: John Dewey High School in Brooklyn

For the second straight game New York Cosmos B triumphed by an impressive 5-0 margin on the road.

Last Saturday the win came against the Rhode Island Reds at Brown University. This time the decisive victory came against the Brooklyn Italians, who Cosmos B bested 3-2 on May 2 in the reserve side's first ever match. That one took late-game heroics from Cosmos B forward Julian Stahler at Coney Island's MCU Park, but Thursday night's affair saw Cosmos B seize control minutes before halftime and not look back.

For most of the first half, however, the Italians went toe-to-toe with Cosmos B. Unyielding play from Brooklyn's back line and goalkeeper stymied attacks from forwards Haji Wright and Miguel Herlein and midfielder Ruben Bover.

The visitors appeared to break the scoreless deadlock in the 34th minute, when Wright deftly controlled a ball sent in and powered it into the net. But the referee called handball, and the score remained 0-0.

Nearly 10 minutes later New York took the lead for good through Bover. Wright won a ball in the Italians box and played it to Herlein. The Portuguese striker made the extra pass to an open Bover, and he put his attempt in the bottom corner of the net.

The Italians pushed for an equalizer before the half, but in doing so left themselves open to a deadly Cosmos B counterattack. Stahler connected with Bover, who scored his second goal minutes after his first. Cosmos B took a 2-0 lead into the break.

New York carried the confidence from those late scores into the second half. Approaching the 60th minute Cosmos B added another, again through the combination of Bover and Herlein. Bover's cross from the left found Herlein just outside the six-yard box, and Herlein put his side up 3-0 with an emphatic finish.

Two more scores came in the 85th and 90th minutes for Cosmos B, both influenced by substitute midfielder Gonzalo Rodriguez. First his dangerous grounded cross in front of Brooklyn's net was deflected in for an own goal. Then Rodriguez got on the scoresheet himself, receiving a great feed from fellow sub Ibrahim Diaby and producing an equally skilled finish.

Cosmos B's next match will be Sunday, July 5 against the Rhode Island Reds. They'll play the first game of a doubleheader with the first team at Hofstra University's Shuart Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET, with Gate C opening at 3:30 p.m. for fans hoping to see Cosmos B in action. Click here for tickets.


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