May 7, 2014
U.S. OPEN CUP
Pioneers win in a romp, three USASA teams advance
LUDLOW, Mass..---The PDL's Western Mass. Pioneers scored three goals in a 10-minute span and four goals total in the second half to defeat Mass Premier Soccer (USASA) 4-1 at Lusitano Stadium Wednesday to open the 101st edition of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
"They played well and they complement each other very well," Western Mass. head coach Federico Molinari said of the scoring duo. "I told them that in this game, over the last 30 minutes, they would have a lot of opportunities because [Mass Premier] played last Sunday. We knew they were going to be out of gas."
Santiago Bedoya, the younger brother of U.S. Men's National Team midfielder Alejandro Bedoya, scored the game's first goal in the 11th minute on a difficult angle from the left side, sneaking his left-footed shot inside the right of the frame for a 1-0 lead for Mass Premier. The goal came just minutes after GPS goalkeeper Jeff Newman made a penalty kick save against the Pioneers' Jayme Kapinos in the ninth minute.
Daniels finally got Western Mass. on the score sheet in the 70th minute with a tap-in from the edge of the six-yard box. Carr followed with what proved to be the game-winner in the 75th minute, a lofted left-footed shot over Newman to take a 2-1 lead.
Carr scored his second goal in the 77th minute, beating Newman one-on-one with a low shot inside the right of the frame. Daniels capped off the scoring with his second tally in the 86th minute as Western Mass. advanced to the next round to face USL PRO side Rochester Rhinos on May 14.
"I think we came out with more attitude and we were more organized in the second half," Molinari said.
Next up is the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Second Round, kicking off with one match on May 13 and the remaining 23 games on Wednesday, May 14. This stage features the eight first-round winners, 26 remaining amateur teams (14 from the PDL, six from USASA regional qualifiers and six NPSL teams) and 14 Division III USL PRO clubs.
First Round Roundup - Wednesday, May 7:
FC Lehigh Valley United Sonic (NPSL) 1, GPS Portland Phoenix (PDL) 0 (OT) : FC Lehigh Valley United Sonic scored in the second of two overtime periods to beat GPS Portland Phoenix. The teams battled through a scoreless regulation to force extra time, with FC Lehigh Valley finally breaking through with a Shastri Spencer goal in the 114th minute. LVU will host the Harrisburg City Islanders in the next round on May 14.
RWB Adria (USASA) 2, Detroit City FC (NPSL) 2 (Adria wins 3-1 in PKs) : RWB Adria from Chicago won a wild first-round matchup against Detroit City FC, topping Detroit 3-1 in penalty kicks for the victory. Tied 2-2 at the end of regulation, both teams failed to score in overtime and each team received two red cards during the overtime periods. Vlad Baciu scored both goals for RWB Adria, the first in the 20th minute and the dramatic second tally during second-half stoppage time to tie the score. Tyler Arnone and Kevin Taylor scored in the 71st and the 77th minutes, respectively, for Detroit City. With the win, RWB Adria advances to face the Michigan Bucks on May 14.
New York Red Bulls U-23s (NPSL) 2, Vermont Voltage (PDL) 1: The New York Red Bulls U-23s scored two first-half goals and held off the Vermont Voltage to win their first-round matchup. Danny Bedoya netted the Red Bulls' first goal in the 18th minute. Adrian Saldana scored for the Voltage in the 68th minute to put pressure on New York, but failed to come up with the equalizer. The Red Bulls U-23s will play at the Pittsburgh Riverhounds on May 14.
Red Force (USASA) 2, Colorado Rovers (USSSA) 1: David Olguin scored the game-winning tally in the 81st minute to lift Red Force past the Colorado Rovers at Shea Stadium in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. Daniel Gomez started Red Force's rally with a penalty kick conversion in the 67th minute. Red Force travels to Laredo, Texas, in the second round to face PDL side Laredo Heat SC on May 14.
Ventura County Fusion (PDL) 2, CD Aguiluchos (NPSL) 1: Ventura County Fusion overcame an early second-half deficit with back-to-back goals in a seven-minute stretch for a first-round victory at Ventura College in Ventura, California. Chongo Kennedy converted a 53rd-minute penalty kick for the equalizer and Peter Gregory scored the game-winner in the 64th minute. The Fusion hosts USL PRO expansion squad Sacramento Republic on May 14.
San Diego Flash (NPSL) 1, S.C. Corinthians USA (US Club Soccer) 0 (forfeit) : S.C. Corinthians USA withdrew from the competition as the team did not have enough approved players available before the roster deadline. The San Diego Flash was awarded a 1-0 victory.
PSA Elite (USASA) 1, LA Misioneros FC (PDL) 1 (PSA Elite wins 2-1 in PKs) : Shorthanded PSA Elite overcame an overtime deficit and won in the shootout at StubHub Training Center Field in Carson, California. Javier Castro gave LA Misioneros a 1-0 lead in the 94th minute, but the 10-man PSA Elite side notched an equalizer in the 114th minute. Jose Preciado scored the game-tying goal, forcing the match into a shootout, where PSA Elite maintained that momentum en route to a 2-1 edge in penalties. PSA Elite advances to the second round to face the NPSL's San Diego Flash on May 14.