2009 First Round: Austin Aztex beat Mississippi 2-0 for first Open Cup win

Posted by | June 9, 2009
Nelson Field – Austin, Texas | 8:30 p.m.
Match Reports: Austin, MississippiStatesman
Twitter: @aztexan @msbrillafc Broadcast: USL Live

Jeff Harwell (Zach Pope) 18’
Eddie Johnson (Jeff Harwell) 64’

The Austin Aztex won their first US Open Cup match as a USL First Division club with a 2-0 win over the Mississippi Brilla, a third year Premier Development League (PDL) team making thier first appearance in the tournament. Last year, the Austin Aztex U23s qualified for the Open Cup as a PDL side, but this was the inaugural season for Austin’s USL-1 franchise.

Jeff Harwell gave Austin a 1-0 lead after 18 minutes, off a low cross from Zack Pope. Eddie Johnson — the Englishman who spent time in the Manchester United youth academy — added some cushion to the Aztex lead in the second half after Harwell directed a loose ball to Johnson in the 64th minute.

Austin will host another PDL club next Tuesday, the El Paso Patriots, in the Second Round.


Mississippi: Josh Pantazelos; Michael Brown, Willie Hunt, Alan Hannon (Scott Lucky 83), Jacob Lawrence; David Lilly, Anteneh Lemma, Lucas Paulini, Nick Rich; Stefan Ostergren (Jason Keever 68), Dwyane Demmin (Debola Ogunseye 45) [not used: Clark Hankins; Austin Skakle; Drew Courtney; Kyle Clinton]

Austin: Sam Reynolds; Zach Pope, Gareth Evans, Josh Alcala, Wes Allen; Kyle Helton (Ciaran O’Brien 45), Ryan Caugherty, Michael Callahan, Alex Tapp (Yordany Alvarez 63); Jeff Harwell, Eddie Johnson (AJ Godbolt 76) [not used: Miguel Gallardo; Kieron Bernard, Lyle Adams; Ryan McMahen]

Shots: MIS 10, AUS 7
Fouls: MIS 12, AUS 14
Corners: MIS 3, AUS 2
Saves: MIS 1, AUS 2
Offsides: MIS 3, AUS 2

MIS: Lawrence 16
AUS: Caugherty 32, Pope 69, Alcala 73

Referees: Matthew Foerster, Masoud Rasti, Courney Jackson, Luis Guardia

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