MLS Game Summary - New England at Columbus
Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - The Columbus Crew earned a hard-fought three points by edging the New England Revolution 3-2 at Crew Stadium in Major League Soccer action on Saturday night.
Robbie Rogers scored a stoppage-time goal after the Crew missed a number of second-half opportunities to ensure his team wouldn't be forced to share the points.
Columbus (3-0-2), which hadn't conceded a goal at home all season, gave up the first in the 29th minute when Revs' rookie Zak Boggs unleashed a dipping shot from about 25-yards that went right through goalkeeper Will Hesmer and into the net.
The Crew got that one back just two minutes later, however, when Eddie Gaven scored his first goal of the season. Rogers started the chance with a looping service into the area that was headed back to the top of the box by the defense. Gaven collected the ball and took a touch before unleashing a left- footed laser just inside the far post.
Columbus went up 2-1 in the 35th minute on a defensive blunder by New England (2-5-1). After Rogers collected the ball on the left wing, he drove into the area and played a square ball to a breaking Guillermo Barros Schelotto. But defender Corey Gibbs knocked the ball into his own net before the Argentine veteran could play it.
Boggs scored his second career MLS goal in his first-ever start just five minutes later when he one-timed a Kheli Dube feed in the area into the left- post side netting with a clinical finish.
The assist was Dube's fourth of the season.
Crew attackers Steven Lenhart and Gaven had a couple chances each in the second half, including two hit posts by Gaven, but were unable to put their team in front until the closing minutes.
Rogers finally made it 3-2 Crew when Schelotto played a ball to the far post to Gaven, who snapped a header down. As the ball bounced in the six-yard box, Rogers followed on to knock it home for his first goal of the season and the game winner.
The Revs will aim to rebound when they host San Jose next Saturday, while Columbus hosts Chivas USA the same night in its next MLS fixture.