CINCINNATI -- FC Cincinnati advanced to the third round of the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup with a 4-1 victory in extra time over Detroit City FC on Wednesday night at the University of Cincinnati’s Gettler Stadium. Emery Welshman netted his first professional hat trick and collected an assist to factor in all four goals in the win.
In front of a sold-out and raucous crowd of 2,250 fans, the Orange and Blue netted three goals in extra time to secure passage to the next round, where they’ll travel to face fellow USL foe Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC next Wednesday night at Pittsburgh’s Highmark Stadium at 7 p.m.
Detroit got on the board first after a crisp passing sequence in the FCC end as Shawn Lawson tapped it in from close range in the 31st minute.
DCFC’s lead was short-lived, however, as Welshman knotted the score just four minutes later after heading in a Forrest Lasso headed pass off a broken corner kick.
After regulation, the teams remained knotted at 1-1 and the game went to extra time.
Just four minutes into the extra session, Corben Bone tallied the game-winning strike off a Welshman set-up from the endline in the 94th minute, before Welshman then added two more goals – in the 99th and 110nd minutes, the second off an Jimmy McLaughlin set up.
On Saturday, May 19, Cincinnati returns to its USL league schedule when the team hosts North Carolina FC for a “Black Out” game, presented by UC Health, at Nippert Stadium. First kick is set for 7:30 p.m., and both tickets and special-edition “Black Out” gear is available at fccincinnati.com
2018 LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP SECOND ROUND
DETROIT CITY FC at FC CINCINNATI
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Gettler Stadium at Cincinnati | Cincinnati, Ohio
DET – Shawn Lawson (Danny Deakin) 31’
FCC – Emery Welshman (Forrest Lasso, Daniel Haber) 35’
FCC – Corben Bone (Emery Welshman) 94’
FCC – Emery Welshman (unassisted) 99’
FCC – Emery Welshman (Jimmy McLaughlin) 110’
DET – Stephen Carroll (caution) 30’
FCC – Russell Cicerone (caution) 83’
DET – Wilfred Williams (caution) 90’
FC Cincinnati: Evan Newton, Lance Laing, Paddy Barrett, Forrest Lasso, Matt Bahner, Michael Lahoud, Will Seymore, Jimmy McLaughlin, Daniel Haber, Nazmi Albadawi, Emery Welshman
Bench: Tomi Ameobi, Corben Bone, Russell Cicerone, Blake Smith, Sem De Wit, Spencer Richey
STATS: Shots 34, Shots on Target 14, Fouls conceded 10, Corner kicks 14, Offsides 1, Saves 2, Possession 63.3%
Detroit City FC: Nate Steinwascher, Elliot Bentley, Stephen Carroll, Jimmy Fiscus, Omar Sinclair, Brandon Bartel, Wilfred Williams, Danny Deakin, Rafael Mentzingen, Shawn Lawson Roddy Green
Bench: Fernando Pina, Pearce Skinner, Mohammed Busaidy, George Chomakov, Harvey Moyes, Brogan Shrimpton, Trevor Amann
STATS: Shots 13, Shots on Target 3, Fouls 11, Corner kicks 4, Offsides 0, Saves 10, Possession 36.7%
Referee: Eric Tattersall
Weather: 70 degrees, overcast
HOW IT HAPPENED
31’ | DET GOAL – Detroit City FC jumped on the board first when forward Danny Deakin outpaced several FCC players down the left flank. Once in space, Deakin sent a low pass into Shawn Lawson near the penalty spot, and he pushed a goal home from close range for a 1-0 advantage.
35’ | FCC GOAL – The Orange and Blue quickly posted an equalizer as Forrest Lasso played recipient to a cross by Daniel Haber from the right flair. Lasso rose up and headed the ball back across the face of the goal, where Emery Welshman had a wide open header from six yards to equalize.
94’ | FCC GOAL – After cutting down the right channel and gaining space along the end line, Welshman found Corben Bone inside the box for right-footed rocket that was the eventual game-winner.
99’ | FCC GOAL – Michael Lahoud took space near the top of the area and sent a hard shot in, but it was blocked and the rebound fell right to Welshman. The Canadian first-timed the ball and sent a rising blast up and in for a second goal within five minutes.
110’ | FCC GOAL – Welshman completed his hat trick after taking a Jimmy McLaughlin pass from outside the area and potting it past Detroit goalkeeper Nate Steinwascher to wrap up the scoring.
FCC is now 6-2-1 all-time in the U.S. Open Cup, including a 4-1-1 record and a run to the semifinals in 2017 and a 1-1-0 mark in the team’s inaugural season of 2016.
With their 4-1 win on Wednesday, the Orange and Blue remain unbeaten (3-0-0) against NPSL entrants in U.S. Open Cup action.
Emery Welshman’ hat trick were his first goals for FCC in Open Cup action. It was the second hat trick all-time for an FCC player (Djiby Fall had the other against St. Louis FC in 2017). Welshman has tallied four goals overall this year for FCC.
Forrest Lasso recorded his first assist in a FCC kit; Lasso has started and played all 930 possible minutes for FC Cincinnati this season, including USL and U.S. Open Cup action. However, he will not be available on Saturday for the team’s USL game.
FCC Head Coach Alan Koch reaction to the outcome:
“In Cup soccer, it really doesn’t matter how you win, as long as you win. The result is obviously a positive result, and that’s what we asked the guys to go out and get. We knew it would be tough, that wasn’t going to be an easy game and it certainly wasn’t an easy game. I’m proud of our guys for staying patient, not really getting too rattled. We showed our class in extra time.”
Forward Emery Welshman on his hat trick:
“It means a lot. This is the first hat trick of my professional career. It’s an exciting moment [and] it means a lot to me.”
Reaction from midfielder Corben Bone:
“These games are always tough, so when you go down a goal, you got to find the next one to at least tie it and then hopefully go from there. Thankfully we got one back to square the game up and from there, you got to find the next one however long it takes.”