Oyster Bay United FC went on a giant killing spree during it qualifying run for the 2022 U.S. Open Cup, downing three established clubs.
The United Premier Soccer League team made it official on Sunday, Nov. 21 as it defeated Westchester United, 4-1, in the third round of the Northeast Division Local Qualifying Round at Brewster High School in Brewster, N.Y.
OBU also overcame the N.Y. Greek Americans and N.Y. Pancyprian Freedoms, who teams that have celebrated past Open Cup championships, which made the club’s qualification even sweeter.
“The opportunity to play for a berth in the main draw of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup was a huge reason for me personally getting involved with the club,” team owner and club president Mark Colacioppo told TheCup.us. “Winning matches against three strong teams [NY Greek Americans, NY Pancyprian Freedoms, and Westchester United] made earning our spot even more rewarding. The players understand the history and prestige of this tournament and look forward to going as far as we can and putting Oyster Bay United FC on the map of US soccer.”
Coached by Josue Esqueche, Oyster Bay United drew first blood in the 29th minute on Luis Altuve’s score. Davidson Marseille doubled the lead in the 39th minute.
Westchester United, however, sliced the lead in half with a goal before halftime.
Only a minute into the second half, Marseille restored the visitor’s two-goal margin at 3-1 before Mathews Carriel’s 85th-minute penalty kick put the exclamation point on the triumph.
Oyster Bay United’s next challenge will be the Open Cup proper, which is scheduled to kick off in March.