MICHAEL ADUBATO - Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Although the top leagues are on international break, the Dutch Eerste Divisie kept on playing and there were some Americans who saw action in the nation's second division over the weekend.
Telstar 1-1 TOP Oss
This was most definitely a game of two halves where, if you arrived late and left early, then you missed the goals. American frontman Sebastian Soto was responsible for the first, while TOP Oss' Cas Peters scored very late to earn a hard-fought for away point.
Telstar got off to a pretty good start with an early chance by Shanye Pattynama but the team had to wait a few more minutes before they actually did take the lead, thanks to Soto netting his third of the season.
The hosts kept the pressure up and six minutes later they could have doubled their lead after Ilias Bronkhorst got around a defender and gets off a shot that unfortunately goes wide of the post. A minute later Pattynama missed the chance from a corner where he headed just over the crossbar.
Twenty minutes into the game TOP Oss finally put together a decent attack but Kyvon Leidsman's shot just missed the target.
Telstar then put together a couple of half chances before the referee whistled for half time.
Minutes after the restart, the visitor's threatened again when Mart Reman forced Telstar's keeper, Jasper Schendelaar into a decent save where he managed to get his hand to the effort and put it over his crossbar.
Usually, the metaphorical fireworks are what fans want in a game but halfway through the second half, the referee stopped the game because of actual fireworks set off outside the stadium. The reason was because of the noise! Soto was subbed off in the 79th minute, probably feeling confident with his performance and that they would hold on to the three points. The White Lions roared ceased however when Peters was given way too much space and was allowed to get on goal and score the equalizer deep into stoppage time.
The shell-shocked hosts will get another chance at a victory on Monday when they travel to take on Roda JC with who they are equal on points after seven games.
Go Ahead Eagles played twice in the past few days, first over the weekend where they came away 2-0 winners against Maastrict, where Mael Corboz played the full 90 minutes and then again Tuesday evening. This time they were up against De Graafschap where they kept another clean sheet, however this time a 0-0 affair. Corboz again went the distance for the Eagles, who finally picked up a point at home.
They will play their third game in a matter of days when they host FC Eindhoven on Saturday afternoon.
Alex Mendez came on in the second half and put in a 21-minute shift in a losing effort as Ajax II fell at home to Utrecht II in a Monday night clash. Visiting Utrecht took a 2-0 lead but in first-half stoppage time the team from Amsterdam got back into it with a Jurgen Ekkelenkamp strike. The second half produced no more goals, so the 2-1 victory and three points went home with the visitors.
Next up for Jong Ajax is a Friday night trip southeast to the city of Maastricht to take on MVV.