Midland-Odessa Sockers FC vs. Lakeland Tropics

MAY 9 | 7:30 p.m. CT | Grande Communications Stadium; Midland, Texas

Midland-Odessa Sockers FC (NPSL) 3, Lakeland Tropics (PDL) 0
After a quiet opening, a flurry of goals just before halftime punched Midland-Odessa Sockers FC’s ticket to the Second Round of the Open Cup. The Texas-based team came out on top against the Lakeland Tropics, 3-0. After a scoreless first 30 minutes, the Sockers earned a chance from the penalty spot, and Xavi Lao coolly hit it to the right side of the net to open the scoring. Soon after, Midland-Odessa lined up for a corner, and while the initial entry pass was cleared away, Peter Dominguez gathered the ball 35 yards out and launched a rocket over the mass in front of the net into the top left corner. The Sockers’ first half frenzy concluded minutes before the end of the opening frame as substitute Jhonathan Velasquez cemented the lead and final 3-0 scoreline. Midland-Odessa progresses to take on Lone Star State foe San Antonio FC of the USL in the Second Round.