May 11, 2016
OPEN CUP SHOCKERS
CSL's Pancyprian Freedoms, Lansdowne Bhoys pull off 1st-round upsets; Jersey Express also advances
Upsets were the theme of the night in the three area matches in the first round of the Lamar Hunt/U.S. Open Cup Wednesday night.
The N.Y. Pancyprian Freedoms and Lansdowne Bhoys of the Cosmopolitan Soccer League pulled off shockers as the Jersey Express also moved onto the second round, which will be played on Wednesday May 18.
A quick summary of the three games:
N.Y. Pancyprian Freedoms 2, Red Bulls U-23 1
Three-time Open Cup champion Pancyprian Freedoms (Cosmopolitan Soccer League) overcame a 1-0 halftime deficit to stun the Red Bulls U-23s (Premier Development League) at Belson Stadium in Queens, N.Y.
Zach Knudson put home a penalty kick in the 14th minute to give the Red Bulls U-23 a 1-0 lead, but the Freedoms equalized on a header in the second half.
The Freedoms struck twice in the second half behind goals from Yanick Reyering in the 59th and 65th minutes.
They will meet the Jersey Express in the second round next Wednesday.
Lansdowne Bhoys 2, Long Island Rough Riders 1
Extratime substitute Ciaran McGuigan converted a rebound of his saved penalty kick in the 116th minute as the Lansdowne Bhoys registered an upset of the Rough Riders (PDL) at St. Anthony's High School in South Huntington, N.Y.
Ovan Oakley lifted Lansdowne to an eighth-minute lead off a pass from Kele. The Rough Riders, however, equalized on an Alfonso goal in the 59th minute.
After battling to a 1-1 tie in regulation, the game went into extratime.
Lansdowne will play at the Pittsburgh Riverhounds (United Soccer League) in the second round at Highmark Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pa. next Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Express 2, Clarkstown Eagles 1
Juan Correa converted two penalty kicks to lift the Express (PDL) over the Clarkstown Eagles (National Premier Soccer League) at Torne Valley Sports Complex in Hillburn, N.Y.
Correa put the visitors ahead in the first half and gave them some breathing room with another PK in the 55th minute past goalkeeper Romario
The Express certainly needed the goal as Clarkstown's Bljedi Bardic tallied a minute into stoppage time to close out the scoring.
New Jersey will play the Pancyprian Freedoms in Queens, N.Y. on Wednesday, May 18.
Second Round -- May 18 (USL clubs, 1 PDL, 1 NPSL club enter)
Third Round -- June 1 (NASL clubs enter)
Fourth Round -- June 15 (MLS clubs enter)
Round of 16 -- June 29
Quarterfinals -- July 20
Semifinals -- Aug. 10