Kickers advance on penalty kicks
Club will return home to host third round of Cup play
READING, Penn. — Trevor Spangenberg made two decisive saves in penalty kicks, and the Richmond Kickers advanced to the third round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup with a 4-3 win over Reading United AC.
The Kickers opened the scoring with a goal in KICKERS 1, READING UNITED AC 1 Richmond wins 4-3 on penalties May 23: Penn FC at Richmond
the eighth minute from rookie Koby Osei-Wusu, who scored his first goal by tapping in a rebound off of the gloves of Reading goalkeeper Bennett Strutz, who parried a shot from Heviel Cordoves into Osei-Wusu’s path.
Pinning the Kickers in their defensive half for most of the second half, Reading found its equalizer in the 70th minute, when Khori Bennett capitalized on a counter-attack with a low shot past Spangenberg’s left side.
After regulation and extra time each finished in a 1-1 draw, the game went to penalties. And although Richmond had the first miss on a kick from Mekeil Williams, Spangenberg bailed the Kickers out with saves on shots from Alex Lipinski and Bennett to avoid a second consecutive exit in the competition’s second round.
The Kickers will host fellow USL club Penn FC in the next round of the U.S. Open Cup, to be held May 23 at City Stadium.