PHILADELPHIA – On Tuesday night, three members of the Penn men’s soccer team continued their stellar summer season with a pair of wins in the U.S. Open Cup.
Stephen Baker and Jonny Dolezal were part of a historic win for Reading United as they defeated the Harrisburg City Islanders, 1-0, to advance to the third round of the 100th U.S. Open Cup. Both sides are affiliates of the Philadelphia Union, the City Islanders a professional club which features former Penn standout and Union draft pick Thomas Brandt. Dolezal was part of an early flurry for Reading United, pushing the issue from his spot on the backline and helping the defensive group work in transition to allow Mario Pinto to score for United in the 9th minute. From there, Dolezal turned his attention to defense, preserving the shutout and solidifying Reading United’s first win over a professional side in U.S. Open Cup play.
With the win, Reading United advances to take on MLS’ New York Red bulls in Red Bull Arena in New Jersey on May 29th. Reading United is 4-0 overall this season, outscoring opponents, 14-0. Stephen Baker was listed as a reserve against the City Islanders and di not see action, but does have one goal during the PDL season.
While United was on its way to a historic win, Duke Lacroix was playing for the Ocean City Nor’Easters in their second round U.S. Open Cup match against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds – a professional club in the USL. Lacroix was a starter up top for the Nor’Easters, factoring in on the offensive attack throughout the match. In the 68th minute, the Nor’Easters got the only goal of the match, securing the fifth win over a pro team in Ocean City’s U.S. Open Cup history.
The win earns Lacroix and the Nor’Easters a date with the Philadelphia Union in the third round of the U.S. Open Cup, Ocean City looking to make its first trip to the fourth round of USOC play. The match with the Union will take place May 28 at PPL Park in Chester.