Sounders 2 needed extra time, but finally advanced in its U.S. Open Cup debut Wednesday, beating the Kitsap Pumas, 4-2, at Starfire Stadium.
It was a game of runs, with S2 outscoring Kitsap 2-0 in the first half, Kitsap outscoring S2 2-0 in the second half, and S2 outscoring Kitsap 2-0 in extra time.
What proved to be the winner came in the third minute of extra time, with Pablo Rossi contributing his second goal of the match. Andy Craven scored the final goal into an open net in the final seconds after the Pumas had pushed far forward in search of another equalizer.
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“Our first 15 minutes of overtime we kind of took the game back under control,” E2 coach Ezra Hendrickson said. “… I told them at halftime, a 2-0 lead is one of the most difficult leads in this game to hold.”
Victor Mansaray opened the scoring in the 26th minute after taking a pass from Qudus Lawal. S2 doubled its lead in the 45th minute when Rossi ran onto a cross from Nate Tongovula and knocked it in.
However, the Pumas dominated the second 45 minutes with two unassisted goals from Mike Ramos, the second – the equalizer – coming in stoppage time.
The result ends Kitsap’s Open Cup run. However, the Pumas shift to PDL play at 7:30 p.m. Friday with a home match against the Calgary Foothills.
Sounders 2 advances to the third round, where it will meet Portland Timbers 2 at 1 p.m. next Wednesday at Starfire. The unusual start time accommodates the MLS Sounders, who will play Colorado that night at CenturyLink Field.
However, S2 and T2 will also meet before that in a USL match at 7 p.m. Friday in Portland.
Final: Andy Craven scores on a counter in the final seconds and Sounders win, 4-2.
Sounders 2 will face Timbers 2 at 1 p.m. next Wednesday ... odd time creating space for the Sounders-Rapids MLS match that night at CLink.
105: Teams will switch ends for final 15 minutes. S2, 3-2.
101' Second yellow card shown to Desorzi, and Pumas go a man down while a goal down. S2 3-2.
93' GOAL Sounders. Rossi puts S2 back up, 3-2.
ET: ... has begun. No golden goal. Full 30 minutes.
Whistle. S2 2, Kitsap 2. We're going to 30 minutes of extra time. Then PKs if needed.
MLS Sounders protected 2-0 lead in Vancouver with possession. S2 just couldn't and wave after Puma wave finally caught up.
ST: GOAL. Kitsap's Mike Ramos lofts in equalizer from distance, 2-2. Still about five minutes of stoppage time. Both Pumas goals by Ramos.
90' Sounders almost settle it with a counter, but Frano sends it into the side netting. Remains 2-1, S2. Six minutes of added time.
66' GOAL Kitsap. Rebounded just inside top corner by Mike Ramos. S2, 2-1.
Reminder that there must be a result. If even after 90, there's 30 minutes of extra time. Then PKs.
Second half: ... has begun.
HT: S2 2, Kitsap 0.
45' GOAL S2. Pablo Rossi runs onto a ball and finishes nicely. Assist Tongovula. Defender was split and picked wrong. S2 2-0.
26' GOAL S2. Vic Mansaray finishes a very confident build-up, touching it in from in front of the goal. S2, 1-0. Qudus Lawal credited with assist.
20' Still scoreless. S2 getting a little more into its attacking end.
14' S2 midfielder Duncan McCormick down a long while. Goes off under own power, but Aaron Long subs on.
10' S2-Kitsap scoreless. No real chances or particular control yet.
First kick: ... has been struck. Sounders in rave/blue; Kitsap in white/yellow.
If Sounders win, they host Timbers 2 at Starfire a week from tonight. If the Pumas advance, they go to Portland.
Lineups: For S2: Kerawala; Samkange, Miele, Lowe, French; Tongovula, McCormick; Frano, Mandaray; Rossi, Lawal. Reserves: Noll, Garza, Craven, Long, Silvas.
For Kitsap: Grosey; Keitz, Jensen, Bond, Hammer; Jammeh, Eronemo, Ramos, Masumiya; Patino, Dezorzi. Reserves: Rogers, Miller, Kobayashi, Chamberlain, Janneh, Ortinau, Russell.
Pregame: It's a near-perfect day at Starfire Sports in Tukwila about 90 minutes before Sounders 2 makes its U.S. Open Cup debut in a second-round match against the Kitsap Pumas.
We'll keep the blog open before, during and after the match, with additional updates and comments on Twitter @doruiztnt. There is no streaming of tonight's match.