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CAL SOUTH AFFILIATES LA WOLVES & LA MAQUINA MOVE ON IN 2016 US OPEN CUP; TO FACE EACH OTHER ON JUNE 1ST

May 19, 2016

Cal South-affiliates LA Wolves FC and La Maquina FC played spoiler as they earned their berth in the Third Round of the 2016 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. The two Southern California teams will now face each other in the next round to be held on Wednesday, June 1 at Westminster High School.

The LA Wolves struggled in regulation time but were able to come up on top in the penalty kick series, defeating Cal South partner Orange County Blues FC 4-2. Meanwhile La Maquina kept a clean sheet over NPSL-side Sacramento Gold, defeating the Northern California team 2-0.  

The following are in-depth recaps of the Second Round games (Provided by ussoccer.com)

La Maquina (Calif., Open Division) 2, Sacramento Gold (NPSL) 0

La Maquina welcomed NPSL club Sacramento Gold to Orange County Wednesday night and sent their state rivals back up I-5 after a decisive 2-0 win for the hosts. La Maquina finally converted their constant pressure into goals late in the second half at Boswell Field at Westminster High School, tallying in the 70th and 79th minutes. José Castro Pérez had the second goal for the home side and wowed the crowd with his elegant play from midfield throughout the game.

Orange County Blues (USL) 1, L.A. Wolves (Calif.) 1 (2-4 PKs)

The SoCal battle between Orange County Blues and L.A. Wolves continued as a stalemate until midway through the second half when Miguel Sanchez gave the amateur Wolves side a 1-0 advantage in the 72nd minute. Not to be dispatched easily, the Blues struck back five minutes later through Grady Howe, knotting the match a 1-1 and sending the combatants to 30 minutes of extra time. Neither team could regain the lead in the extra period, resulting in a back-and-forth penalty kick shootout. Orange County seized the early advantage as one of Wolves shots was saved, giving the blues a 2-1 lead. The tables turned over the course of the next three kicks however as Orange County failed to convert another kick, while Wolves put away all three from the spot to claim the final victory.