May 15, 2013
LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP
Hat tricks highlight first round
The first round of the 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup featured plenty of goal scorers with four players recording hat tricks. The golden boot of the night belonged to David Geno of the Seattle Sounders U-23s, who found the back of the net four times in just the first half of Seattle's 5-1 win against Doxa Italia.
Other hat trick scorers included Arjgent Duka whose three tallies helped FC Icon to a 4-1 win against Brooklyn Italians. Kwadwo Poku earned the honors of scoring the first hat trick of the 2013 tournament as he helped the Georgia Revolution jump out to a 4-0 lead against Real Colorado Foxes. Colorado made things interesting by scoring three times in the last half hour, but could not find the equalizer, losing 4-3.
One first-round game remains as the Des Moines Menace hosts the Madison 56ers on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. CT. The winner of that game will play at Minnesota United FC in second-round action. The venue for that game changed to Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium in St. Paul, Minn. It originally was scheduled for the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minn.
FIRST ROUND RESULTS:
GPS Portland Phoenix (PDL) 2, Mass Premier Soccer (USASA) 0: Pierre Omanga picked up a first half goal, and the GPS Portland Phoenix added another in the second half to defeat Mass Premier Soccer 2-0.
Icon FC (USASA) 4, Brooklyn Italians (NPSL) 1: Argjent Duka, the brother of Chicago Fire forward Dilly Duka, scored two goals as Icon FC defeated the Brooklyn Italians 4-1. The Italians won the Open Cup in 1979 and 1991, and Icon FC is competing in its first tournament.
Ocean City Nor'easters (PDL) 2, New York Red Bulls U-23s (NPSL) 0: Markhus Lecroix and Frank Tweneboa were the goal scorers as the Ocean City Nor'easters beat the New York Red Bulls U-23s, 2-0, in Ocean City, N.J. The Nor'easters will face the Pittsburgh Riverhounds in the second round.
Reading United AC (PDL) 2, FC Lehigh Valley United Sonic (NPSL) 0: Darius Madison and Steve Neumann both scored in the second half as Reading United AC defeated FC Lehigh Valley United Sonic 2-0 at Oley Valley High School. Reading will face the Harrisburg City Islanders in the second round.
Ocala Stampede (PDL) 4, Red Force (USASA) 2: In the first match in its Open Cup history, the Ocala Stampede defeated the Red Force 4-2 at Florida International Soccer Stadium. Kenny Hoggs had two goals for the Stampede.
VSI Tampa Bay FC (USL PRO) 1, Orlando City U-23s (PDL) 1 (VSI wins 5-3 in PKs) : Nicolas Russo scored for Orlando in the 90th minute to force extra time. There was no scoring in the overtime period, and Tampa Bay FC won 5-3 on penalties to win the battle of Florida.
Carolina Dynamo (PDL) 4, Chattanooga FC (NPSL) 4 (Carolina wins 4-1 in PKs) : Chattanooga went up 4-3 in the 115th minute, but Carolina equalized in the 117th minute. Eventually, the game would go to penalties where Carolina would win, 4-1. Carolina will face off against the Carolina RailHawks of the NASL in the next round.
Dearborn Stars (USASA) 2, Michigan Bucks (PDL) 0: Despite a late push by one of the most successful amateur teams in Open Cup history, the Dearborn Stars came out on top after a pair of goals from former Bucks forward Niki Djokic. The Stars face off against the Dayton Dutch Lions on May 21.
Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL PRO) 1, RWB Adria (USASA) 1 (Pittsburgh wins 5-3 in PKs) : In one of the most closely contested games of Tuesday's first-round matches, the Riverhounds needed a 5-3 win in the penalty shootout to dispose of visiting USASA team RWB Adria.
Dayton Dutch Lions (USL PRO) 3, River City Rovers (PDL) 0: Three different players tallied for the home team as Dayton Dutch Lions disposed of the Rovers with three goals inside of the game's first hour.
Austin Aztex (PDL) 3, NTX Rayados (USASA) 0: The Aztex took an early lead with a goal in the 22nd minute but lost a defender to a straight red card moments later. The disadvantage didn't hinder the home side as they dispatched of fellow Texas club, NTX Rayados 3-0, to secure a place in the second round.
FC Tucson (PDL) 2, Phoenix FC (USL PRO) 1: In an anticipated local first-round derby, Phoenix held the lead for the majority of the game, but Connor Bevans found the equalizer for FC Tucson in the 82nd minute and completed the brace in stoppage time for the 2-1 win.
Portland Timbers U-23s (PDL) 3, Sacramento Gold (NPSL) 2: After falling behind 2-0 early in the game the Timbers U-23s found their way back in the game with the three straight goals to hold on for a berth in the tournament's second round.
Sounders FC U-23s (PDL) 5, Doxa Italia (USASA) 1: The Sounders FC U-23s jumped out to a fast start against Doxa Italia as a four-goal performance by David Geno and a Darwin Jones tally made it 5-0 at the break. Italia was able to pull one back on the other end of halftime but the early surge by Seattle was too much to overcome.
Laredo Heat SC (PDL) 2, PSA Elite (USASA) 0: Laredo used goals in the closing minutes of the first half, and opening minutes of the second half and held the clean sheet to advance to the second round in the form of a 2-0 win against PSA Elite.
Georgia Revolution (NPSL)4, Real Colorado Foxes (PDL) 3:Kwadwo Poku found the back three times to tally the first hat trick of the 2013 tournament and powered the Revs to a 4-0 lead. Georgia then withstood a furious rally from the Foxes but ultimately held on to the 4-3 win.
Ventura County Fusion (PDL) 3, FC Hasental (NPSL) 2: Hasental jumped to a 1-0 lead in the 39th minute but the hosts were awarded a penalty kick just one minute later. The visitors saved the PK attempt but surrendered their lead just before the half. The two teams traded goals until late heroics by the Fusion's Dylan Riley in the 87th minute sent the hosts home 3-2 winners.
PLAY-IN ROUND RESULTS:
Georgia Revolution (NPSL) 1, Colorado Rovers (USSSA) 1 (Georgia wins 5-3 in PKs)
Shea Stadium; Highlands Ranch, Colo.
Tuesday, May 7, at 8:30 p.m. MT
FC Hasental (NPSL) 5, Fresno Fuego Future (US Club Soccer) 3
Chukchansi Park; Fresno, Calif.
Tuesday, May 7, at 7 p.m. PT