Rochester Rhinos News Release - www.rhinossoccer.com
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
ROCHESTER, NY -- The Rochester Rhinos were not so gracious hosts on Tuesday night when the Pittsburgh Riverhounds provided the opposition in a second round U.S. Open Cup match at PAETEC Park, posting a 3-0 victory to move on.
At stake was a date with D.C. United in the third round of the tournament and the Rhinos perfect record against lower division teams in Open Cup play.
The first scoring threat of the match came early when Pittsburgh’s Jeon Jerome Rosens accepted a ball on his side of midfield and raced in alone on Rhinos ‘keeper Scott Vallow. With pressure from an oncoming John Ball, Rosens blasted a shot high over the bar.
Rochester answered in the 13th minute with an opportunity of their own when Mauricio Salles fed Johnny Menyonger who found himself with a shooting angle, but it was Nathan Salsi who slid in to block the shot.
In the 25th it appeared as though Rochester would take the early lead when Menyonger finished off a Salles free kick that bounced off the chest of Zack Varga but the play was ruled offsides. Menyonger didn’t waste any time gaining redemption however as under a minute later he gathered in a feed from Ze Roberto to beat Varga giving Rochester a 1-0 lead.
The remainder of the first half remained a chess match with each side attempting to gain ground and Rochester taking their one goal advantage to the dressing room after 45 minutes of play.
Rochester continued the pressure to open the second stanza. The pressure applied nearly led to Menyonger’s second tally of the night.
With the match beginning to turn chippy, Rochester solidified their lead when Mauricio Salles extended the Rochester lead in the 61st minute. Salles gained position along the right side, working his way to just outside the six yard box before crossing the ball to Steve Guppy. While Guppy’s left-footed shot went wide of the goal Salles was there to take the return ball and fire it past Varga for a 2-0 lead.
Rochester increased their lead to 3-0 when in the 75th minute an illegal back pass was handled by Varga resulting in an indirect free-kick at the spot of the foul - from six yards out. After a brief scrum, Luke Kreamalmeyer blasted a shot that deflected of the wall and into the top of the net.
With the win Rochester will take on D.C. United in the third round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup championship on Tuesday, July 1. The Rhinos will first return to USL First Division play when they face the Charleston Battery on Saturday, June 28 from Blackbaud Stadium. Kick-off is at 7:30 p.m.