WHIPPANY, N.J. – Penn FC dropped a close 2-1 match against fellow eastern conference side New York Red Bulls II on Monday afternoon in New Jersey.
The central Pennsylvania club got off to a rough start giving up an early goal in the 15th minute, off of a well-orchestrated offensive attack from a Red Bulls II team coming off of its second straight playoff season.
Penn FC tightened up things defensively after the early setback and this gave the offense more attacking opportunities. Penn FC would get it’s first opportunity of the match in the 20th minute when a hard foul inside the box set up Jorge Rivera's penalty kick that limited the Red Bulls II time in the lead to just five minutes in the first half.
The second half proved to be a defensive grudge match as neither team was able to find the back of the net until New York broke through with the deciding goal off a set piece in the 81st minute of play to seal a 2-1 victory for the home side.
Penn FC now stands level at 2-2 in the preseason. The central Pennsylvania club will suit up next on Saturday, March 10th. When they travel to face in-state rival Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC at Highmark Stadium. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m.