It was 96 minutes before FC Motown found the net, but the wait turned out too be worth it.
Federico De Oliveira scored the lone goal of the match to boost FC Motown over AC Syracuse Pulse in a second-round match of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in a persistent rain at the MSU Soccer Park on the campus of Montclair State University in Montclair, N.J.
Motown goalkeeper David Greczek started the winning goal sequence with a long goal kick. The National Premier Soccer League team worked the ball to De Oliveira near the top of the box and he fired home the winner.
Syracuse keeper Macklin Robinson was outstanding, keeping the visitors in the match.
It was an emotional game for Motown as defender Sainclair Tueno was in a coma and on life support after he was hit by a speeding car near Pittsburgh last week. Prior to the match, Motown players walked onto the field wearing Fight the Fight shirts.
In an unusual double yellow card, the head coaches of both teams – Motown’s Sacir Hot and Syracuse’s Peter Fuller — were sanctioned by the referee in the 33rd minute.