Baltimore, MD- United defeated IFK Maryland 5-2 in Baltimore on Saturday, riding four second half goals to earn the first win of the fall campaign. Three United players notched their first goals with the team in the win, all in the second half deluge. Ibrahim Lewally notched the equalizer in the 65th minute, while fellow-newcomer Daniel Tesoro closed out scoring from the penalty spot in stoppage time. Karl Etienne also notched his first goal with the first team, in the 85th minute. Scoring for United was opened by Ngwese Ebangwese who also earned both penalties with charging runs Maryland simply couldn’t cope with. Also scoring was United veteran Romeo Zeqo from the spot.
United piled up 14 shots in the first 45 but went into the locker room down 2-1 thanks to two mistakes pounced upon by the home side late in the half. After the break United would exert its will, building to Lewally’s equalizer in the 65th minute, and opening the proverbial flood gates. Thirteen minutes later Ebangwese drew the first of two penalties, opening the door for Romeo Zeqo to give United the well-deserved lead. Karl Etienne followed suit eight minutes later, making it 4-2 and all but over. The final tally came after Ebangwese’s second earned penalty, in stoppage time, which Daniel Tesoro expertly placed in the top corner giving the keeper no chance for a save.
Next up for United is a home-and-home series with AFC Lancaster Lions. United travels to Pennsylvania this Sunday, September 4th, followed by the return fixture on September 11th at Harry Della Russo Stadium in Revere.