D.C. United held off a spirited challenge from North Carolina FC of the USL to advance in the 2018 U.S. Open Cup on Tuesday, winning a penalty-kick shootout after 120 minutes of open play ended in a 1-1 draw at the Maryland SoccerPlex.
United Homegrown Ian Harkes banged home a close-range finish to put the home side in front early. But NCFC conjured up an equalizer via a nifty side volley from Marios Lomis in the 83rd minute, sending the Fourth Round matchup to extra time, and eventually, PKs.
D.C. goalkeeper David Ousted stood tall in the shootout, saving Kyle Bekker's spot kick which, combined with a miss by Peabo Doue, earned victory for the MLSers.
- 25' — DC — Ian Harkes
- 83' — NCFC — Marios Lomis
DC (4-1-4-1): David Ousted; Joseph Mora, Steve Birnbaum, Jalen Robinson, Oniel Fisher; Chris Durkin; Yamil Asad, Ian Harkes, Paul Arriola, Bruno Miranda; Dane Kelly
Subs: Junior Moreno, Luciano Acosta, Darren Mattocks
NCFC (4-5-1): Tambakis; Peabo Doue, Aaron Guillen, Connor Tobin, DJ Taylor; Austin da Luz, Graham Smith, Dre Fortune, Kyle Bekker, Tiyi Shipalane; Marios Lomis
Subs: Marcel Kandziora, Daniel Rios, Wuilito Fernandes