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Saturday, May 26, 2007

Wizards 4, Revs 3

Yes, lots of goals at Gillette tonight but the Revs were on the short end.

It started well. Ralston followed up on his own shot that Kevin Hartman couldn't hold on to and the second time found the net.

In the 23rd minute, Taylor made it 2-0 with a sweet finish.

Unfortunately within two minutes, it was tied at 2-2. Eddie Johnson and Davy Arnaud finding some gaps in the defense and ultimately hit the net.

Then in the 38th minute Eddie Johnson found the net for the second time to give the Wizards the lead going into the half, 3-2.

The Revs subbed for Dorman (should have done so for Khano Smith but... ) to move Ralston inside and Wells Thompson took Ralston wide spot. This added some spark to the attack and eventually lead to a handball by the Wizards in the box to give the Revs the penalty shot which Shalrie made sure of. This tied the game but not for long.

Eddie Johnson hit for the hat trick in the 82 minutes to give the lead back to the Wizards were it finished 4-3.

Now historically, the Revs don't do well against the Wizards but they really play a very similar game. Tough midfield play springs action on the wings to cross into the box. The Wizards were more successful tonight with their crosses from closer to the midfield line putting the pressure on isolated defenders. The Revs tended to bring their crosses in from inside the 18. By that time, the defense tends to be pretty ready for them.

The Revs will need to adjust to be successful.

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