2009 Second Round: City Islanders advance after dramatic PK shootout with Western Mass Pioneers

Posted by | June 16, 2009
Skyline Sports Complex – Harrisburg, Pa. | 7:05 p.m.
Match Reports: PennLive.com, MassLive.comVideo: PennLive.com

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Harrisburg advances on PKs 4-3
Chad Severs – GOAL       GOAL – Federico Molinari
Nathan Baker – SAVED       MISS – Yan Klukowski
Timothy Velten – SAVED       MISS – Almir Barbosa
Nicholas Paterson – GOAL       GOAL – Adrian DuBois
Kai Kasiguran – GOAL       GOAL – Jeff Deren
Brandon Swartzendruger – GOAL       SAVED – David Tyrie

The Harrisburg City Islanders earned a rematch with the New England Revolution of Major League Soccer by defeating the Western Mass Pioneers on penalty kicks after as 0-0 draw.

Both teams played to a 0-0 draw after 90 minutes of normal time and 30 minutes of extra time. Western Mass held on for the scoreless draw despite being out shot 15-6 over the 120 minutes. Both teams had good scoring chances denied by the woodwork in the extra session. The Pioneers Federico Molinari and Yan Klukowsk each struck the left post, and Harrisburg’s Brandon Swartzendruber’s shot went off the crossbar late in extra time.

After both teams converted their first penalty attempt, Weston Mass goalkeeper James Thorpe saved attempts from Nate Baker and Tim Velten. This only kept the count even at 1-1, as Klukowski and Almir Barbosa of the Pioneers both missed their attempts. After both teams were good with their next two kicks, the tiebreaker moved to sudden death. Swartzendruber made good on his kick for the City Isles, while David Tyrie sent his kick wide right, sending Harrisburg and goalkeeper Chase Harrison to the Third Round. Harrison finished with three saves while Thorpe stopped six shots.

Harrisburg faced New England in the 2007 US Open Cup Quarterfinals at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. Mass., and fell 2-1. The rematch will be at New Britain, Conn. on June 30, with the winner advancing to the round of eight.

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