ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The Rochester Rhinos struck twice in the opening two minutes and cruised to a 3-0 triumph over FC Motown in the second round of the Lamar Hunt/U.S. Open Cup at Capelli Sport Stadium Wednesday night.
The Rhinos will host the GPS Omens (Mass.) in the third round at Capelli May 31.
Sofiane Tergou tallied only two minutes into his season debut off a Jochen Graf’s pass. Graf wrote his name on the scoring sheet, burying a Jaylen Brown pass through the legs of the Motown goalkeeper in the seventh minute and the hosts were off and running.
Rayane Boukemia closed out the scoring in the 85th minute.
Wal Fall split two defenders to play the ball into Antonio Correia, who made his professional debut and he got in on goal and fired a shot at the keeper. The ball was parried directly into Boukemia’s path and he finished into the empty net for his first pro goal.
Rochester goalkeeper Kyle Morton made one save and got the clean sheet in his professional debut.
It was a day to remember for many. Samuel Edoung-Biyo came off the bench to make his professional debut. He paid to participate in the open tryouts back in December and his dream of playing professionally came true Wednesday night.
The Rhinos’ next home match is Sunday against the Richmond Kickers as the team celebrates “Soccer Mom Appreciation Night.”