Sounders U-23 and Outbreak SC of Southern California played evenly for 115 minutes Wednesday at Panther Stadium in Bonney Lake.
But U-23 rallied for two goals in the final five minutes of extra time to advance in the U.S. Open Cup with a 3-1 win. The winner came from David Olsen, completing a counter five minutes before the result would have gone to penalty kicks.
“A group of kids who walked off an airplane today — they were learning their names as the game started — found a way to win a game,” coach Darren Sawatzky said. “I thought Outbreak played pretty well. It was an even game to be honest. But we had quality in the end.”
Sounders U-23 controlled early possession and chances. But as those chances came to nothing on the scoreboard, the visitors began to take their share of the game.
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In the 29th minute, Outbreak took advantage of a defensive blunder at the top of the Sounders’ penalty area and Oscar Aguero made them pay.
U-23 answered in the 42nd minute when midfielder Leeroy Maguraushe fired a dart from 25 yards.
However, the second 45 minutes played out scorelessly, despite several good U-23 chances.
Next up are the Kitsap Pumas, who received a bye into the second round. That match will be played 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, at Olympic High School in Bremerton.