Western Mass Pioneers vs. Elm City Express

MAY 9 | 7 p.m. ET | Lusitano Stadium; Ludlow, Mass.

Western Mass Pioneers (PDL) 1, Elm City Express (NPSL) 2
A goalkeeping error in the 82nd minute gave Elm City Express a dramatic, 2-1, victory over the Western Mass Pioneers on a sticky night in Ludlow, Mass. With the score even at one goal apiece, Elm City Express applied pressure in the attacking third and were rewarded when Shaquille Saunchez poked home a loose ball off the foot of the Western Mass Pioneers’ goalkeeper. The strike gave the visitors a win in their very first U.S. Open Cup match and set up a date with Seacoast United Phantoms in the Second Round next Wednesday. Anthony Asante tallied the victor’s opening goal in the 23rd minute.