Nine goals over two games helped the Colorado Rapids U-23s secure six points on the road against Ogden City SC this weekend.
On Friday, the Rapids cruised to a comfortable 6-0 victory with Indiana University product Griffin Dorsey opening the scoring in the 14th minute. Initially the Rapids were called offside and Odgen City regained possession. However, Ogden City’s midfielder misplayed a ball to his defender resulting in a clear one-on-one opportunity between Dorsey and Ogden goalkeeper Joseph Wheelwright. The Rapids midfielder capitalized on the turnover to give the visitors the lead.
Andre Shinyashiki added the second goal of the evening when he converted from the penalty spot in the 44th minute. The two goal-scorers linked up right before the half to increase the lead to 3-0. Shinyashiki beat Odgen’s left back down the right sideline and cut into the middle of the 18-yard-box where he slid a pass to Dorsey who buried a left-footed shot.
Shinyashiki added his second and the Rapids' fourth goal of the night just three minutes into the second half. The 21-year-old striker broke away from Ogden’s backline and ripped a shot from just outside the box.
Colorado School of Mines midfielder, John Haist also got in on the action by adding a brace of his own after scoring the Rapids U-23s fifth and sixth goals. In the 75th minute, he tucked one away after taking control of a missed clearance from Odgen’s defender. Haist followed that up with his second goal of the night in the 86th minute when he tapped in a cross from Lucas De Paula Vasconcelos Fagotti.
Just 24 hours later the U-23s notched a 3-2 win over Odgen City SC on Saturday night to complete their double on the weekend. Shinyashiki opened the scoring right before halftime as he dribbled through two defenders and delivered a left-footed shot in to the back of the net.
The second half went back and forth as the home side was desperate for a result. Odgen City leveled the score in the 55th minute when Guilherme Leme buried a cross from Jarom Farnsworth around the penalty spot.
It didn’t take long for the Rapids U-23s to regain the lead as Haist drove home a penalty just four minutes later. However, Odgen City picked up momentum in the 62nd after scoring their second goal of the night following a mistake from the U-23s backline.
The game-winner came in the 65th minute when Shinyashiki dribbled through two defenders and slotted home a left-footed shot at the top of the box. The Rapids held possession for stretches and were able to close out the match and grab another three points.
The Colorado Rapids U-23s return to play Thursday, June 14 against Ogden City SC on Field 20 at DICK'S Sporting Goods Park with kickoff set for 5:30 PM.