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United Easily Moves into the Quarterfinals
Chris Albright was a force for United against Hershey.
RICHMOND, VA (July 11, 2001) - Chris Albright scored a goal and tallied an assist as D.C. United beat the Hershey Wildcats, 3-0, before 5,788 in Richmond, VA. The product of nearby University of Virginia opened the scoring for a second consecutive United game in the tournament. Mark Simpson's tremendous goaltending fortified the defense and the Black-and-Red move on in the 2001 Lamar Hunt U. S. Open Cup.
With the win, United advances to the quarterfinals and a match-up against the Richmond Kickers. The Kickers defeated the Connecticut Wolves, 2-1, in the first half of tonight's double-header at the University of Richmond-City Stadium. Time and date of the quarterfinal match will be announced on Thursday, July 12, 2001.
"I was pleased with our side's composure and organization tonight," said United Head Coach Thomas Rongen. "Tonight's match has given us a chance to build our confidence and level of play as we continue to improve as a team."
With the Wildcats bunkered down in their defensive half, United spent much of the first 45 minutes trying to break through. Creative passing led to a scoring chance by Carey Talley in the 20th minute. A diving deflection by Mark Simpson in the 21st minute kept the game knotted at zero, until Albright opened the scoring on a set play from Marco Etcheverry in the 35th minute. Santino Quaranta had drawn a foul along the left hand sideline to create the opportunity.
Quaranta continued to pressure the Wildcats by taking another Etcheverry pass in on goal before being denied in the 39th minute. Some nifty footwork and another creative pass by Etcheverry led to a Jaime Moreno chance in the 42nd minute. However, two diving deflections by a Hershey defender sent the teams to the locker rooms at half with a 1-0 score.
A pesky Hershey side pressed early in the second half. Simpson denied a break-away chance by Ze Roberto in the 47th minute. The Black-and-Red regrouped with great opportunities in the 52nd and 57th minutes. Carrey Talley blasted a 40-yard shot on frame for the first chance and Jaime Moreno deflected an Etcheverry pass off of the cross bar in the latter.
Simpson continued his impressive play in net with a sprawling save on a free kick in the 64th minute. Albright then took matters into his own hands once again. The 6-1 midfielder dribbled down the right flank before finding Moreno amongst a cluster of Wildcat defenders. Moreno calmly finished the play for a 2-0 lead. Simpson then began a play which finished the scoring by clearing a pass to Talley. Talley deflected the pass to Quaranta who finished the night's scoring.
Tonight's match also marked the return of United defender Craig Ziadie to his alma-mater, the University of Richmond.
DC United: Mark Simpson; Craig Ziadie, Mark Watson, Ryan Nelsen, Brian Kamler; Chris Albright, Carey Talley, Marco Etcheverry (Capt.) (Bryan Namoff-84'), Stephen Armstrong (Mark Lisi-63'); Santino Quaranta, Jaime Moreno (Abdul Thompson-Conteh-79').
Hershey: Jon Busch; Mike Williams (Christof Lindenmayer-70'), Mike Hennins, Drew Kopp (Nigel Henry-81'), Chris Maninos; Mike Feningen, Ze Roberto, Doug Watson (Chad Evans-63'), Kyle Swords; Eddie Sebrango, Steve Klein.
DC - Albright 35' (Etcheverry)
DC - Moreno 70' (Albright)
DC - Quaranta 74' (Talley)