Last night the Crystal Palace FC outlasted the Harrisburg City Islanders in the 1st Round of the USL2 Playoffs to win 7-6 in penalty kicks.
Both teams went at each other right from the beginning of the game, but Crystal Palace drew first blood in the 9th minute of the game. CP’s Gary Brooks header gave CP an early 1-0 lead. CP’s Shintaro Harada assisted on the play with a beautiful cross to Brooks.
Only minutes later Harrisburg came back to tie the score at 1-1. CP’s Pat Healey put Crystal Palace back on top in the 29th minute when he placed a pass from Val Teixeira in the back of the net.
Harrisburg tied up the score at 2-2 late in the game and had a chance at the end of the game to win but missed.
The game went into overtime which remained scoreless through two overtimes and forced penalty kicks.
The penalty kicks went through 8 rounds with CP’s Sergio Flores making what ended up being the winning goal. CP’s goalkeeper Brian Rowland made the save on Harrisburg’s 8th round shot finishing the game.
Now Crystal Palace will have to travel to Charlotte, NC to take on the Charlotte Eagles on Saturday August 16th at 7:30 PM. The Charlotte Eagles are the regular season champions and are the best team in the USL2. It should be interesting how the Crystal Palace side rebounds against Charlotte after just losing to them not to long ago.
I still think that the Crystal Palace side can beat the Charlotte Eagles and feel that the Crystal Palace side will have to bring their A game on Saturday to pull the upset.
In the other playoff game the Cleveland City Stars beat Western Mass 4-2 to advance against Richmond in the other semi final game.