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San Jose Advances On PKs

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Scott Bower notched the final goal in the PK shootout.

Milwaukee, WI (July 11, 2001) - The San Jose Earthquakes moved into the 2001 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals for the fourth time in club history with a thrilling victory over the Milwaukee Rampage in a penalty kick shootout in front of 5,217 fans at the Milwaukee Sports Complex on Wednesday night. The teams battled to a 0-0 tie through regulation and two 15-minute overtimes, with each side having numerous opportunities to win the game, before heading to penalty kicks.

With the Quakes trailing 3-2 in the shootout, San Jose goalkeeper Jon Conway made a diving stop on Khary Stockton to keep the Quakes hopes alive, and then in the eighth round of penalty kicks, Conway made another outstanding save on Dennis Fadeski, setting up a dramatic finish. Scott Bower, the Earthquakes eighth shooter slotted home the winning penalty kick into the lower left corner to send the team to the quarterfinals. San Jose won the shootout 7-6.

In the first half, the Quakes continuously tested Rampage goalkeeper Dan Popik, as they looked to jump out to an early lead, but were unable to find the back of the net. Junior Agogo got the Earthquakes offense going early in the match with two solid scoring opportunities in the opening 15 minutes. In the ninth minute, Agogo stripped a Rampage defender of the ball in the left corner and went directly to the net. He fired a low shot to the near post that Popik parried out of bounds. Three minutes later, Dwayne DeRosario stole a ball at midfield and fed a streaking Agogo on his left. Agogo dribbled to the top of the penalty area and hit a low shot to the far post, which was saved again by Popik.

A flurry of activity nearly resulted in a goal two minutes later. Landon Donovan created the first chance by beating Popik to a loose ball and driving a shot off the Rampage goalkeeper that went out of bounds for a corner kick. On the ensuing corner the ball squirted free to Wade Barrett 25 yards from the net. Barrett hit a low, left-footed shot that deflected off a defender and fell to the feet of Ian Russell to Popik's right. Russell took two steps and shot low, but Popik was there to make the save and preserve the tie.

In the 40th minute, Jimmy Conrad jumped into the attack and almost scored on a set piece. Bower curled in a free kick from 25 yards out on the right wing. Conrad got free inside the 18-yard box, but his header from 10 yards out went two feet over the net.

Three minutes into the second half, Bower had an excellent opportunity to put the Quakes in front, but a spectacular save from Popik kept the game scoreless. DeRosario split the defense with a through ball that found Bower on the right side of the penalty area. Bower cut the ball back to shake off a defender and fired a left-footed shot that Popik saved with his fingertips, while diving to his right.

Right at the 75-minute mark, Donovan had a point-blank header saved by Popik. Agogo started the play by switching a ball from the left wing to Zak Ibsen on the right wing. Ibsen hit a cross into the box for Donovan, who slipped in between two defenders and flicked a header at goal, but Popik was there to push the ball wide for a corner.

Four minutes after Donovan's chance, the Earthquakes continued to apply pressure looking to break the tie. Bower was fouled from behind as moved towards the Rampage net. Ramiro Corrales ripped the ensuing free kick towards the near post, but it sailed two feet wide.

Troy Dayak, who entered as a sub in the second half, saved a goal in the 89th minute with a strong defensive play. Rampage forward David Hayes got behind the defense and broke towards the net, but Dayak recovered and arrived in time to deflect Hayes' shot to keep the game scoreless and send it into overtime. Quakes goalkeeper Jon Conway made a strong play seven minutes into overtime to keep the Rampage off the board. A long ball through from the Rampage defense got behind the last Quakes defender. Conway rushed off his line and just beat Rampage forward Ollie Ellsworth to the ball and cleared the ball away. In the 99th minute, Donovan beat a defender in the box and broke in on the left side of the goal. He then unleashed a left-footed drive that was blocked by Popik. One minute before the end of the first extra frame, Ekelund volleyed a shot from 20 yards out that Popik gathered in to keep the game scoreless, and force a second overtime.

The Quakes dodged a bullet in the 110th minute, as Rampage defender Peter Henning had his shot rattle off the right post, before Conway could gather in the rebound.

Agogo appeared to have won the game for the Quakes in the 112th minute after heading home a cross from Bower. Bower curled a cross into the box from the right wing that Agogo redirected past Popik, but the referee whistled offside on Agogo, nullifying the goal. Conway made an impressive save with two minutes remaining in the overtime. A corner was curled in from the right side that Ellsworth leaped up for and headed towards the near post, but Conway got across the net to make a diving save.

The Earthquakes return to MLS action on Saturday, July 14, as San Jose hosts Mamadou Diallo and the Tampa Bay Mutiny at 1:00 p.m. (PT) in a game broadcast live on ESPN.

Lineups
SJ - G Jon Conway, D Zak Ibsen, D Eddie Robinson (Troy Dayak, 76th), D Jimmy Conrad, D Wade Barrett, M Scott Bower, M Ramiro Corrales, M Landon Donovan, M Ian Russell (Manny Lagos, 62nd), F Junior Agogo, F Dwayne DeRosario (Ronnie Ekelund, 62nd).

MIL - G Dan Popik, D Destin Makumbu (Peter Henning, 91st), D Khary Stockton, D Chad Prince, M Steve Bernal, M Igor Soso, M Jason Russell, M Philippe Godoy, M Craig Charlton (Dennis Fadeski, 82nd), F Digital Takawira (Ollie Ellsworth, 57th), F David Hayes.

Scoring Summary
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Penalty Kicks
MIL: Soso (goal), Hayes (goal), Bernal (goal), Stockton (saved), Henning (goal), Prince (goal), Godoy (goal), Fadeski (saved) SJ: Corrales (saved), Donovan (goal), Lagos (goal), Agogo (goal), Ekelund (goal), Ibsen (goal), Dayak (goal), Bower (goal).

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