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.
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.