BOYDS — Survive and advance.
That was the scenario the D.C. United pro soccer team faced Tuesday against unfamiliar opponents, North Carolina FC, at the Maryland SoccerPlex.
Goalie David Ousted was one of the heroes in D.C. United’s 4-3 victory in penalty kicks over North Carolina FC as the Major League Soccer club moved a step closer to a championship.
Ousted held the line against North Carolina FC to help D.C. United advance in the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup after the teams played to a 1-1 draw in regulation.
“He’s a good goalie,” said D.C. United head coach Ben Olsen. “He knows what he’s doing back there.”
Bruno Miranda scored the game-winning goal to help the D.C. United advance to the Round of 16.
Yamil Asad, Darren Mattocks and Luciano Acosta also scored in penalty kicks to help D.C. United move forward to the next round.
D.C. United scored in regulation when Ian Harkes netted his second career U.S. Open Cup goal in the first half, a shot past North Carolina FC goalkeeper Alex Tambakis.
“We knew we had to be up for it to play our best,” said Harkes, the son of former D.C. United star and National Soccer Hall of Fame member John Harkes.
Meanwhile, North Carolina FC, who also compete in the United Soccer League, gave the D.C. United team an evenly-contested match.
“I thought we were fairly consistent throughout the night,” said Olsen. “They made it difficult. They worked very hard. They were organized for most of the game and it was not an easy team to break down.”
North Carolina FC got on the board in the 83rd minute when Marios Lomis netted a shot that reached the back of the net.
However, D.C. United prevailed in penalty kicks after both teams failed to score in two extra sessions.
D.C. United advanced to the Round of 16 where they will take on the Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field on Saturday, June 9.
The team has set their sights on winning the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup which is the oldest ongoing national soccer competition in the United States.
“We definitely want to win it,” said Ousted. “I want to win it so we’re going to go full out.”