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Rhinos Get Past Toronto at Home

By Staff, 07/26/17, 9:24PM EDT


DeFregger's strike leads Rochester over shorthanded TFCII

Photo Courtesy Matt Wittmeyer/Rochester Rhinos

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Stefan DeFregger broke through in the 58th minute to help lift the Rochester Rhinos to a 2-0 victory over Toronto FC II at Capelli Sport Stadium on Wednesday. The Rhinos controlled the run of play after Toronto defender Brandon Onkony was issued a straight red card in the 27th minute and improved to 7-3-8 (29pts) with the victory. Substitute Jordan Dover swung in a dangerous cross that nearly found the head of a diving Darius Madison and ultimately deflected in off a Toronto defender for the goal that put the result out of doubt. Despite an impressive defensive performance down a man, TFCII has now dropped six consecutive road games and stands at 3-10-5 (14pts) on the season.

58’ – ROC – Stefan DeFregger (Kenardo Forbes)
76’ – ROC – Own Goal (Julian Dunn)

Three Things That Matter:

  • 1. The opening minutes featured a Toronto FC II side that was on the front foot and keen on testing Rhinos keeper Dan Lynd early, attempting three of its seven shots on the night inside the first 20 minutes. The red card to Onkony – who was dismissed for denying a clear goal-scoring opportunity for Rhinos forward Darius Madison – changed the tide however as Rochester went on to enjoy nearly two-thirds of the possession for the match while outshooting TFCII, 14-4, after the visitors were reduced to 10 men.
  • 2. The opportunity to work in space was a welcome one for a Rochester attack that has been hampered by the lack of a consistent scoring touch. DeFregger worked two solid chances in the moments immediately following the dismissal of Onkony but sent both wide. On his first shot of the second half though, DeFregger pounced on a slotted through ball from Forbes and fired past Toronto keeper Mark Pais for his first goal of the season. With Dover’s cross leading to a second tally, Rochester broke a string of 12 consecutive games in which the squad had finished with one goal or less.
  • 3. Always one of the toughest teams to beat at home leaguewide, the Rhinos improved to 6-1-3 at Capelli Sport Stadium this season with the result but now face a crucial stretch of three away matches in-a-row. Bob Lilley’s squad will travel to Cincinnati next week (July 29) before visiting a New York Red Bulls II (August 5) side it has not lost to in franchise history and wrapping up with a trip to Harrisburg (August 8). With the four teams separated by just seven points following Wednesday’s result, Rochester will hope the goal-scoring touch makes the road trip as well as the Rhinos have managed just four goals in seven matches away from home since opening the campaign with a 3-2 victory over Bethlehem. Man of the Match
Stefan DeFregger, Rochester Rhinos
 – DeFregger’s first goal of the year was a vital one, helping Rochester turn offensive pressure into three points instead of being forced to settle for one

Upcoming Games:
Rochester Rhinos
at FC Cincinnati – July 29, 7 p.m. ET, Nippert Stadium
Toronto FC II at Ottawa Fury FC – July 29, 7 p.m. ET, TD Place

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