Mass United’s quest to qualify for the 100th edition of the US Open Cup came up a bit short on Saturday with a 2-1 loss to Battery Park Gunners at Madison Park High School. United controlled much of the game but were unable to take advantage as a two-goal halftime deficit proved too much to overcome. Battery Park moves on to face East Providence Sports in the next round of qualifying.
The Riders were active from the start, effectively working the counter attack and keeping the Gunners off balance and unable to build an attack of their own for much of the first half. The Gunners did not get their first shot off until 18 minutes in and were fortunate the match was still scoreless by the time the game hit the 30 minute mark, which is when they began to take control. By the 40th minute, they had the lead. The second goal followed shortly after on a free kick and it was the Gunners with the momentum at the break.
The second half brought strategic changes and a renewed push for United, who did not take long to get on the board. Five minutes into the half Alencar “Junior” Ventura pulled the Riders to within one from a pass by Rigiberto Jiminez. I fully expected the equalizer to come shortly after but despite the Rider’s best efforts, it was not to come. Missed opportunities would come back to haunt United as time became the enemy along with Battery Park. United’s last, best chance was a cross from second half substitute Marc Djessouhu in the waning minutes that was inches too tall for midfielder Deni DaSilva.
Next up for United is round 2 of the USASA National Amateur Cup against Mass Premier Soccer, the exact date/time/location to be announced.