The Crew peppered the Dayton Dutch Lions for most of their Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Third Round match Tuesday at Crew Stadium and led 1-0 late in the game. But a late flurry allowed Dayton spring a 2-1 upset and advance to the tournament’s Fourth Round.
The Crew had Dayton under pressure all evening, and only a series of great saves from keeper Matthew Williams kept the Dutch Lions in it. Columbus outshot Dayton 9-0 in the first half and 18-3 for the game. Williams finished with six saves.
The Crew finally broke through when Olman Vargas converted a penalty in the 64th minute after Justin Meram had been brought down in the box.
But the game changed dramatically when Daniel Holowaty entered for the Dutch Lions in the 78th minute. Less than a minute later he helped knot the game, assisting on the equalizer by Jan Gerrit Bartels in the 79th, and the stunning turn of events continued just two minutes later when he fed Gibson Bardsley for what proved to be the game-winner.
The Dutch Lions move on to face the Michigan Bucks (PDL), who upset the Chicago Fire, 3-2, in the Fourth Round on June 5. The Crew returns to MLS regular-season action on June 16 at New England
Columbus Crew – Matt Lampson, Aubrey Perry (Emilio Renteria, 83), Eric Gehrig, Julius James, Shaun Francis (Josh Williams, 31), Chris Birchall, Kevan George, Cole Grossman, Justin Meram (Bernardo Anor, 83), Ethan Finlay, Olman Vargas
Substitutes not used: Andy Gruenebaum, Korey Veeder, Dilly Duka, Aaron Horton.
Dayton Dutch Lions – Matthew Williams, Gregory Preciado, Mettin Copier, Nixon Dias, Shane Smith, Bret Jones (Kyle Knotek,65), Joel DeLass, Mikael McNamara (Daniel Holowaty, 79) Eli Garner, Ginson Bardsley, Akeem Priestley (Gerrit-Jan Bartels, 55)
Substitutes not used: Corey Wisenhunt, Jeff DeGroot, Eric Kissinger, Toric Robinson.
CLB – Olman Vargas (Penalty) 64
DAY – Gerrit-Jan Bartels (Daniel Holowaty) 79
DAY – Gibson Bardsley (Daniel Holowaty) 81
DAY – Gibson Bardsley (Caution) 33
CLB – Ethan Finlay (Caution) 45+
DAY – Kyle Knotek (Caution) 87