Friday, May 22, 2009

RCU wins USOC Opener

RCU started its US Open Cup run well by defeating Dynamo New Tampa 5:1 in its first match of the US Open Cup Region III Group II. They take on Legends FC of North Texas tomorrow before rounding out the qualification tournament against fellow NPSL squad Atlanta FC on Sunday. The group winner will advance to the final US Open Cup stage.

Rafa Barbosa opened the scoring for RCU on a cross from Paul Willoughby in the 20th minute. Dynamo leveled in the 51st minute, but RCU responded in the 55th with a blast off the foot of Michael Biggs. RCU doubled the lead in the 58th minute when it was Barbosa again from a nice set up from Sutton Shults.

RCU put the game out of reach when Shuts made his way through for a breakaway with only the Dynamo keeper to beat. The Dynamo keeper's challenge on Shults was a bit too "Mixed Martial Arts" for the taste referee's taste and the he was sent to the showers early for violent conduct. Barbosa converted the spot kick for his third of the match.

Peter Byarhuanga sealed the match with a kiss when in the second minute of added time he put home another Willoughby cross for the final score.

Each of the goals are important as the tie breakers for the group are as follows:

  • Head to head result
  • Goal Differential
  • Goals For
  • Goals Against
  • Coin toss

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