Brian Cvilikas 30’
Leonel Saint-Prioux 40’
Brian Cvikikas (Saint-Prioux) 46’
12’ Andrei Gotsmanov (Torres)
57’ Tony Schmidtz
84’ Tony Schmitz (SENT OFF)
90’ Tim Walters (SENT OFF)
The Minnesota Thunder survived the challenge of Nebraska’s 402 with a 3-2 victory to advance to the Second Round.
402, named after Eastern Nebraska’s telephone area code, struck first when former Thunder player Johnny Torres assisted on Andrei Gotsmanov’s 12th minute goal. Minnesota nearly tied the score twice shortly after, but attempts from Brian Cvilikas and Rod Dyachenko could not cross the goal line.
Cvilikas finally broke through in the 31st minute when he drilled home a pass from Dyachenko. Leonel Saint-Preux gave the Thunder a halftime lead when he chipped a shot over 402 goalkeeper Ross Kaufman. The USL-1 club increased their lead in the 47th minute when Cvilikas scored his second of the game, when Saint-Preux fed him for the score. Just ten minutes later, 402 closed the gap back to one as Tomy Schmitz sent a 25-yard shot past goalkeeper Nic Platter.
Toward the end of the game, 402 were reduced to ten men when Schmitz was shown his marching orders for a hard foul on Saint-Preux. Minnesota will host the Chicago Fire PDL club next Tuesday in Round 2.
Minnesota: Nic Platter; Quavas Kirk, Chris Clements, Jon Greenfield, Andrew Peterson; Lawrence Olum, Jeremiah Bass, Rod Dyachenko (Ricardo Sanchez 66); Melvin Tarley (Geoffrey Myers 66), Brian Cvilikas, Leonel Saint-Preux (Marco Terminesi 89)
402: Ross Kaufman; Matt Thomas (Andrew Watts 88), Chris Brunt (Matt Wadleigh 45), Ryan Junge, Jay Mims, Tim Walters, Tim Bohnenkamp (Jace Peters 45), Andre Gotsmanov, Joshua Moran, Tony Schmitz
Minnesota: Shots 21, Fouls 8, Offside 0, Corners 1
402: Shots 12, Fouls 6, Offside 1, Corners 7
Platter (Minnesota): Shots faces 12, Saves 4, Goals Allowed 2
Kaufman (402): Shots faces 21, Saves 5, Goals Allowed 3
MIN: Saint-Preux, 25 ‘,Thomas, 83 ‘
402: Schmitz, 38’, Gotsmanov 84 ‘
Ejections: 402: Schmitz, 84’, Walters, 90 ‘
Referees: Elias Bazakos, Fotis Bazakos Troy Cohrs , Jorge Oncontrillo