Lukas Fernandes tallied the game-winner in extratime. (Photo courtesy of the Rochester Lancers)
Flower City Union hasn’t won a game yet in the National Independent Soccer Association, but it secured an important victory in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup second round on Wednesday night.
The Rochester, N.Y. club made history as it defeated the Western Mass Pioneers, 1-0, at Lusitano Stadium in Ludlow, Mass.
Flower City dropped its first two NISA matches of the season.
Lukas Fernandes stuck for the game-winner four minutes into extratime. Despite being surrounded by four Western Mass players, Fernandes beat goalkeeper Jermaine Fordah from the right side of the penalty area.
Flower City played the final 10 minutes and stoppage time a man down after defender Marcus Micheletti was red carded in the 110th minute.
Goalkeeper Maykell Ortega, who was sharp over the final minutes, recorded the shutout.
Rochester NY FC, which competes in the MLS NEXT Pro, will host Lansdowne Bhoys Yonkers FC in a second-round match at Monroe Community College in Rochester, N.Y. on Thursday at 4 p.m.