Rhinos Beat FC Montreal in Comeback Win

Rochester Score Two Unanswered Goals to Win 2-1 At Home

  • The Rochester Rhinos have won the all five Montreal-Rochester rivalry games since FC Montreal joined the United Soccer League Photo Yacine Bouhali

Boy, that escalated quickly.

After taking the lead for the first time this season, FC Montreal fell to their rivals Rochester Rhinos after two comeback goals by striker Christian Volesky in the span of four minutes to win 2-1.

Fans in upstate New York needed to wait until the second half to see any goals. However, it was not their Rhinos who got on the scoreboard first.

At the 48th minute, midfielder Ryan James made a horrible back pass towards his defenders, setting up Montreal forward Charles Joly with an opportunity to beat goalkeeper Adam Grinwis and open the score for the visitors.

The Rhinos were not going to let their home opener be ruined by their rivals from the north. At the 52nd minute, midfielder Marcos Ugarte got up the left flank and into the box. He was taken down by Montreal, but before anyone could complain about a penalty shot, forward Christian Volesky took the ball and buried the equalizer.

At the 56th minute mark, Jeremy Gagnon-Lapare was caught up with Rochester defender Vasileios Apostolopoulos in the middle of the box on a corner kick situation.

The amount of physicality was too much for the referee and he called for a penalty shot. Volesky stepped up to the spot and beat goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau to get the go-ahead goal.

On the plus side for FC Montreal fans, Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla played his second professional game—his first since the talks about European interest for the Canadian youth international. Midfielder Alessandro Riggi got his first appearence of the season following a series of injuries, including a concussion, playing a total of 26 minutes.

FC Montreal are still winless in four matches, and worst of all, they have yet to record a point. With two games down on a five game road trip, head coach Philippe Eullaffroy’s squad will now head to Florida as Montreal will face Orlando City B on May 1.

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