ROCHESTER, NY (August, 24 2016)- The Rhinos arrived at Nippert Stadium on Wednesday night looking for a win on the road. The team has seen five consecutive draws on the road, and unfortunately for Rochester their match against FC Cincinnati would be their sixth.
Rochester started out the right way, leading with shots and opportunities early on. FC Cincinnati looked slow to start and the teams danced around midfield for a majority of the first half. The Rhinos out shot FCC 9-3 in the first half, but failed to finish.
Cincinnati capitalized on a corner kick about halfway through the first, something that typically doesn’t happen when facing the Rochester Rhinos. FCC’s Polak served it to Berry who’s header beat a diving Gomez on the far side. Cincinnati continued to put pressure on the Rhinos, forcing Gomez to come off his line to challenge a charging Cummings. Both Cummings and Gomez missed the ball and collided, unfortunately causing Cummings to leave the game.
While Cincinnati was a man down, Steevan Dos Santos with the assist from Bradley Kamdem, found the equalizer on a powerful shot. Bradley Kamdem proved to be trouble for the Cincinnati defense all night having a great game. He provided excellent service to Guilavogui and Tergou several times in the first and second halves, creating opportunities that should have helped Rochester close.
The teams went into the half tied 1-1.
The second half turned physical quick with intensity and urgency picking up. A win for FC Cincinnati meant clinching a playoff spot after Pittsburgh did their job pulling out a win against the Wilmington Hammerheads. Play picked up by both sides but neither were able to find the go ahead goal.
In the final seconds of stoppage time, Wiedman hit the crossbar off a header almost stealing a win for FC Cincinnati. The Rhinos walked away with a draw after letting FC Cincinnati go ahead early on, something that they should be ok with since FC Cincinnati sits ahead of them in the standings. The team advances to 10-5-10 on the season and plays another road match this Saturday against Wilmington Hammerheads FC.