Welshman hat trick propels FC Cincinnati into third round of Lamar Hunt US Open Cup
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - FC Cincinnati advanced to the third round of the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup with a 4-1 victory in extra time over Detroit City FC on Wednesday night at the University of Cincinnati’s Gettler Stadium. Emery Welshman netted his first professional hat trick and collected an assist to factor in all four goals in the win.
In front of a sold-out and raucous crowd of 2,250 fans, the Orange and Blue netted three goals in extra time to secure passage to the next round, where they’ll travel to face fellow USL foe Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC next Wednesday night at Pittsburgh’s Highmark Stadium at 7 p.m.
Detroit got on the board first after a crisp passing sequence in the FCC end as Shawn Lawson tapped it in from close range in the 31st minute.
DCFC’s lead was short-lived, however, as Welshman knotted the score just four minutes later after heading in a Forrest Lasso headed pass off a broken corner kick.
After regulation, the teams remained knotted at 1-1 and the game went to extra time.
Just four minutes into the extra session, Corben Bone tallied the game-winning strike off a Welshman set-up from the endline in the 94th minute, before Welshman then added two more goals – in the 99th and 110nd minutes, the second off an Jimmy McLaughlin set up.
On Saturday, May 19, Cincinnati returns to its USL league schedule when the team hosts North Carolina FC for a “Black Out” game, presented by UC Health, at Nippert Stadium. First kick is set for 7:30 p.m.
- FCC is now 6-2-1 all-time in the U.S. Open Cup, including a 4-1-1 record and a run to the semifinals in 2017 and a 1-1-0 mark in the team’s inaugural season of 2016.
- With their 4-1 win on Wednesday, the Orange and Blue remain unbeaten (3-0-0) against NPSL entrants in U.S. Open Cup action.
- Emery Welshman’ hat trick were his first goals for FCC in Open Cup action. It was the second hat trick all-time for an FCC player (Djiby Fall had the other against St. Louis FC in 2017). Welshman has tallied four goals overall this year for FCC.
- Forrest Lasso recorded his first assist in a FCC kit; Lasso has started and played all 930 possible minutes for FC Cincinnati this season, including USL and U.S. Open Cup action. However, he will not be available on Saturday for the team’s USL game.
FCC Head Coach Alan Koch reaction to the outcome:
“In Cup soccer, it really doesn’t matter how you win, as long as you win. The result is obviously a positive result, and that’s what we asked the guys to go out and get. We knew it would be tough, that wasn’t going to be an easy game and it certainly wasn’t an easy game. I’m proud of our guys for staying patient, not really getting too rattled. We showed our class in extra time.”
Forward Emery Welshman on his hat trick:
“It means a lot. This is the first hat trick of my professional career. It’s an exciting moment [and] it means a lot to me.”
Reaction from midfielder Corben Bone:
“These games are always tough, so when you go down a goal, you got to find the next one to at least tie it and then hopefully go from there. Thankfully we got one back to square the game up and from there, you got to find the next one however long it takes.”
Information courtesy FC Cincinnati