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Menace Advance to USOC24 Second Round

By Des Moines Menace, 03/21/24, 1:30AM CDT


Capistrano FC (NISA)
Des Moines Menace (USL-2)
Des Moines advances, 5-4 on penalty kicks

By: Jordan Beech

Penalties were needed to separate the two sides, but Des Moines Menace secured passage with a 5-4 penalty kick shootout win after a 2-2 draw with Capistrano FC. For the USL League Two side, it was the eighth pro scalp the club has claimed in the Open Cup’s Modern Era (2nd most among all amateur teams).

After a scoreless first half, Des Moines’ Cyrus Harmon fired the opening salvo in the 53rd minute, benefiting from an assist by former US Men’s National Team regular Sacha Kljestan. The lead would be short-lived, however, as Capo tied the affair in the 66th minute from an unassisted long-range strike by Parker Scalzo that would eventually force extra time.

Capo’s Daniel Segal was awarded his second yellow card of the match shortly after extra time began, forcing the hosts to play man down for the final 25 minutes of action. The Menace managed to capitalize on that advantage in the 117th minute through Leroy Enzugusi who cleaned up a rebound from Paul Henschke’s initial effort. Scalzo allowed Capo to respond in the 120th minute with a last-second goal from Dylan Shockley’s assist to send the match to penalties. {FULL MATCH REPORT COMING SOON}