Special to CSNNE.com
HARRISBURG, Pa. After going scoreless through 90 minutes, the New England Revolution and Harrisburg City Islanders combined for six goals in extra time before the City Islanders triumphed in a penalty shootout to eliminate the Revs from the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Tuesday night at Skyline Sports Complex.
The Revs playing with 10 men following the 36th-minute ejection of Diego Fagundez raced out to what appeared to be an insurmountable 3-0 lead in the first extra time period through goals from Kelyn Rowe (95), Lee Nguyen (100) and Benny Feilhaber (103). But that advantage was wiped away in a remarkable second extra time period as Harrisburg responded through Brian Ombiji (111), Sainey Touray (117) and J.T. Noone (120) to tie the score at 3-3 and send the match to penalties.
New England goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth stopped the first penalty kick of the shootout to hand the Revs an early edge, but Rowe hit the crossbar and Feilhabers attempt was stopped by Harrisburg goalkeeper Nick Noble to send the City Islanders into the Open Cups fourth round for a meeting with the New York Red Bulls.
Its the fourth straight year in which the Revs have been eliminated in the early rounds of the competition, including 2009 when they were knocked out at the same stage by the City Islanders.