Wolves get sweet revenge in Erie

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Score: Erie 2-4 FCB
Next match: HOME – Sunday, 1 p.m. vs. Greater Binghamton FC

FC Buffalo earned some sweet revenge against the Erie Commodores on Friday night in Pennsylvania, striking twice in each half on the way to a 4-2 win.

Fox Slotemaker, Brian Knapp, Andrew Ferguson and Brett Larocque scored for the Wolves, while Anthony Rozzano rang up two assists. Ferguson and Ngwese Ebangwese also picked up assists.

Ebangwese was named Rich Products’ Man of the Match on debut for FCB, drawing the free kick that led to the opening goal, and pressuring the Erie back line all night.

The win brings FCB to within four points of first place and one point of third-place Lansing United with three matches to play. After Sunday’s Upstate NY Derby match at home against Greater Binghamton, FCB hosts Lansing on Friday, May 10 at 7 p.m.

The Wolves struck first, netting a goal off a free kick just 10 minutes in. After Ebangwese won the free kick, he turned Kendell McFayden’s free kick across goal for Slotemaker to tap in for his third of the year.

Erie equalized on a long range bullet for longtime nemesis Daniel Deakin, but FCB restored its advantage before halftime. Rozzano sent a cross across the goal, and Knapp scored from close range.

Robert Bennett scored a goal inside FCB’s six-yard box to level things up again in the 69th minute. That would be the final time Erie got the better of FCB’s stalwart keeper Andrew Coughlin.

With Erie pressing for a lead in the 84th minute, Bobby Ross won a ball at the edge of the Blitzers’ 18 and sent a long ball that Erik Dahl won to Rozzano, who sent a cross to spring Andrew Ferguson and two teammates in on Erie’s Danny Mudd. Ferguson took his time to net his third in as many matches.

Five minutes later, Larocque buried a pass from Ferguson to cap the scoring.

Larocque, A. Ferguson and Slotemaker are tied for the NPSL team lead with three goals, while Ferguson moves to the top of the assist list with three. Larocque has four goals in all competitions.


FCB: Coughlin; M. Ferguson (Ross), Slotemaker, McFayden, Lauko; Willings (Brandell), Walter, Rozzano (Thomas), Knapp (A. Ferguson), Ekeze (Dahl); Ebangwese (Larocque).

Goals: Slotemaker (10′), Knapp (34′), A. Ferguson (84′), Larocque (89′)

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