Posted on August 6, 2011
HARRISBURG, Pa. – With some second-half heroics, Trinidad & Tobago goalkeeper Thorne Holder helped FC New York register a scoreless draw with the Harrisburg City Slickers on Friday night.
The tie eliminated New York (4-11-7, 19 points) from playoff contention while the City Islanders moved to 9-6-7 and 34 points.
Holder, who was with the Philadelphia Union in Major League Soccer before he was released recently, was at the top of his game.
After Andrew Welker saw his 25-yard try scooped up by goalkeeper Thorne Holder in the 26th minute and Andrew Marshall sent a header high following a Jason Pelletier free kick in the 30th minute, Sainey Touray found himself with the best chance of the forst half. Welker forced a turnover just inside his own half and popped the ball out for Touray on the left wing. Touray, with plenty of space, moved inside the area and decided to go low on Holder, but the keeper rushed out and got down to in time to turn the chance away.
The City Islanders nearly scored in the second half, only to be frustrated by Holder, who finished with seven saves.
He was at his best in the 60th minute, when he again rejected Touray from close range, and in the 86th minute, on a fine reaction save to a thunderous Jason Pelletier volley.
He also got some help from the crossbar, which denied Brian Ombiji in the 63rd minute. Holder’s final save of the night – steering away a Morgan Langley attempt in stoppage time – sent New York home with a point.
Categories: Caribbean, Trinidad and Tobago
Tags: FC New York, Harrisburg City Islanders, Thorne Holder, USL PRO