By Kevin Koczwara
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — For the second game in a row, the New England Revolution held its opponent scoreless, a feat the team had been unable to do once in the team’s previous eight games. The difference between last week’s game with Real Salt Lake and Saturday night’s against the Vancouver Whitecaps (1-5-5, 8 pts.) was that the Revolution (3-3-4, 13 pts.) was able to score and secure a win and three points.
Shalrie Joseph scored his team leading fourth goal of the season for the New England Revolution in the 49th minute from the penalty spot to get the Revs the goal they needed. Revolution midfilder Benny Feilhaber drew the penalty at the edge of the Whitecaps’ box after faking a shot and getting the Whitecaps’s defender to foul him in the area.
“The ball kind of didn’t really sit up for me to shoot it that well. I don’t think I could’ve shot it, so I faked the shot and the guy bit on it and I took a touch and he stepped right on my ankle,” said Feilhaber. “Iif he doesn’t touch me, then I get a touch to the right side and probably shoot the ball then. Once he stepped on my foot I had nowhere to go but down.”
Joseph stepped up to the penalty spot and put the ball in the back of the net. Whitecaps goalkeeper Jay Nolly had no chance to stop the shot as it was hard, low and perfectly placed out of his reach, something Joseph had been practicing earlier in the week.
“Me and Kevin [Alston] and Matt [Reis] yesterday and Thursday were messing around and trying to put it on the side netting. Me and Matt talked yesterday and Kevin was telling me I couldn’t put it in the side netting,” said Joseph. “I took a couple, so tonight when I went up, I knew what corner I was going – I had it picked out already in my mind – and I just wanted to put it there low and hard.”