Kick­ers ad­vance on penalty kicks

Club will re­turn home to host third round of Cup play

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - BASEBALL -

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.

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