August 26, 2017 USL Toronto FC II--Charlotte Independence vs Toronto FC II game recap (from

Match Recap: Toronto FC II at Charlotte Independence
August 26, 2017
10:25PM EDT
Adam Krueger

Charlotte –The Young Reds stormed back to shock the Charlotte Independence in an incredible second half 
comeback on Saturday night in North Carolina.  

The host Kicks jumped out in front on Enzo Martinez’s team leading 14th goal of the season as the 
forward made his way into the box and slipped his shot past Angelo Cavalluzzo.

The hosts doubled their lead off an unfortunate deflection. Jaime Siaj’s shot took a bad bounce off 
Ashtone Morgan and caught Cavalluzzo going the other way.

TFC II had two tremendous opportunities right at the end of the first half but Independence ‘keeper 
Cody Mizell made two athletic stops to keep the Reds off the board.

The turning point of the match came in the 49th minute as Charlotte’s Alex Martinez was sent off 
after a scuffle with Jordan McCrary.

With the Independence down to 10 men, the Young Reds turned the game on its head.

The comeback started off a corner kick as the ball found its way to Ashtone Morgan just above the 
mark and the defender volleyed in his first of the year with TFC II.

Just two minutes later Ben Spencer leveled the game at two. Ryan Telfer swung in a cross for 
Jordan Hamilton who stooped to head it but Mizell made the initial stop. However, Spencer dove 
in to send home his first of the year!

With momentum in the Reds favour, Jordan McCrary streaked down the right wing and picked out 
Hamilton in the box. Hamilton, who scored a last minute equalizer with his left foot the last 
time these two teams met, turned on his right, and blasted his shot into the top right corner.

The second place Independence frantically pushed for an equalizer but Angelo Cavalluzzo stood 
tall, including a pair of incredible stops in injury time.

The win means the Young Reds win the season series over the Independence 1-1-0. Next up for 
TFC II is a battle with Saint Louis FC at the Ontario Soccer Centre on Wednesday. Kickoff is set 
for 7:30 PM and Toronto FC’s Justin Morrow will be meeting and greeting fans from 6:30-7:30.  

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