Oyster Bay United FC’s amazing giant-killing run in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup is over.
The Long Island-based team met its match in the form of Hartford Athletic as the USL Championship side eliminated it with a 3-1 win in the second round in the rain at Dillon Stadium in Hartford, Conn. on Thursday night.
Midfielder Luka Prpa snapped a 1-1 tie in the 70th minute as he tucked in a rebound from eight yards after a Jean Perez save.
Two substitutes gave the hosts some breathing room two minutes into injury time as Rashawn Dally’s long ball set up Prince Saydee’s counterattack goal from eight yards two minutes into stoppage time.
Hartford tallied first in the 48th minute as Joel Johnson headed home a corner kick.
Oyster Bay knotted things up on Junior Rosero’s 59th-minute penalty kick after defender Abdel Yacoubou took down Sebastien Ruiz in the box a minute prior. Rosero fired his shot into the lower left corner as goalkeeper James Slayton dove to the right.
During last fall’s Local Qualifying Round, Oyster Bay upset former Open Cup champions N.Y. Greek Americans and N.Y. Pancyprian Freedoms. The Long Island-based club then eliminated Hartford City FC (National Premier Soccer League), 3-0, in the opening round at Dillon Stadium on March 22.