ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Man, talk about cutting it close.

With only seconds remaining in the second half of extratime and with penalty kicks looming, Sammy Edoung-Biye finished off a cross from Jalen Brown to boost the Rochester Rhinos to a 2-1 victory over the GPS Omens (Massachusetts) at Capelli Sport Stadium in the third round of the Lamar Hunt/U.S. Open Cup Wednesday night.

After a scoreless first half, the Rhinos took a deserved lead when Brown finished in the 52nd minute, but their advantage didn’t last long.

Three minutes later, Keith Campbell curled in a 22-yard free kick to get GPS Omens even and eventually push the game to extratime.

Despite the Rhinos having the majority of extra-period chances, it looked certain the game was going to penalty kicks until Edoung-Biye tallied in the 120th minute to keep the only non-MLS club in the modern era to win the U.S. Open Cup alive for another round in this year’s tournament.

“I had three good opportunities I should have finished, and I just kept working,” Edoung-Biyo told “I kept looking for it and eventually it got in the back of the net. Hopefully, it becomes a habit.”

The Rhinos face FC Cincinnati Saturday before heading to Florida for matches against Orlando City B and Tampa Bay. They will fly back north to face the New England Revolution in the fourth round at Providence College in Providence, R.I. June 14.

Front Row Soccer editor Michael Lewis has covered 13 World Cups (eight men, five women), seven Olympics and 25 MLS Cups. He has written about New York City FC, New York Cosmos, the New York Red Bulls and both U.S. national teams for Newsday and has penned a soccer history column for the Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of He has written seven books about the beautiful game and has published ALIVE AND KICKING The incredible but true story of the Rochester Lancers. It is available at