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Rhinos top RWB Adria 2-1 in OT
- US Open Cup First Round -

Rochester Rhinos News Release -

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

ROCHESTER, NY -- The Rochester Rhinos earned a hard fought 2-1 victory tonight against USASA opponent RWB Adria. Adria’s hard nosed defensive style of play contained the Rhinos who dominated much of the match. Hamed Diallo struck for his first goal of the year in overtime to give the legends of the cup the win.

Fitzpatrick opened the scoring with a penalty (20 Toe Photo)The Rhinos, who dominated early, almost got on the board twice within the first twenty minutes of the match but could not find a way past Adria keeper Jeff Richey. Luke Kreamalmeyer came close to getting his name onto the scoresheet in the 12th minute with a thirty yard rip that sailed just over the bar. Four minutes later, Johnny Menyongar put his head onto a Kreamalmeyer cross, narrowly missing what could have been the first goal of the match. Though Rochester dominated in possession throughout the first half, the game remained scoreless at the end of the half.

Rochester came out shooting in the second half with long range shots by Matthew Delicate and Menyongar. Again, Menyongar was in the middle of the action with a point blank chance in the 55th minute that was stopped by Richey once again. The Rhinos kept the pressure up throughout the half with efforts from Hamed Diallo in the 62nd and John Ball in the 66th but Richey stayed strong in the Adria net.

The home team broke through in the 74th minute with a nicely taken penalty kick by Tiger Fitzpatrick, who sent the Adria keeper the wrong way for his first goal as a member of the Rhinos. The penalty was awarded after Rhinos forward Hamed Diallo was taken down in the box by Adria defender Justin Dugena. The Rhinos came close to icing it when Delicate and Diallo could not deposit the ball into the net from close range. The Rhinos inability to finish off their chances came back to hurt them in the 86th minute when Adria forward Awadallah Morad received a pass from teammate Joe Carver and buried it into an open net to force overtime.

The Rhinos took back the lead seven minutes into the first of two mandatory overtime periods on a Diallo goal. Diallo took a header from Delicate and dribbled past Adria defender Justin Dugena and keeper Jeff Richey before slotting the ball home to send the Rhinos into a celebration. Vallow came up huge with five minutes remaining in the last overtime when he made a kick save on Carter from eight yards out to save the match from going to a penalty kick shootout.

Newcomer Danny Earls played a very impressive first match as a Rhino, giving the Adria defense something to think about throughout the match. The 19 year old from Ireland used his speed, footwork and threatening crosses to frustrate Adria all night. Earls almost put his squad up by two in the 81st and then again had an opportunity to give Rochester the win in the 89th but his effort was to no avail.

The Rhinos will continue their homestand against the Vancouver Whitecaps on Friday, June 13th. The Friday night Frenzy will begin at 8:00 p.m. at PAETEC Park with doors opening at 7:00 p.m.

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