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Italians fall in first Cup game

HARRISBURG, Pa, ---The Harrisburg City Islanders scored twice in overtime to knock the Brooklyn Italians out of the Lamar Hunt U.S. open Cup 4-2 at the Skyline Sports Complex on Tuesday night.

Early in the first half, Brooklyn midfielder Marco Hamilton lobbed a miraculous shot from midfield that arched over the defense, catching Harrisburg goalkeeper Tomer Chencinski out of position, and bent under the crossbar to put the Italians up 1-0.

Moments later in the 19th minute Harrisburg scored an equalizer after Nate Jafta found the back of the net on a breakaway run, evening the score at 1-1.

In the second half, Paul Nittoli broke free from Islanders defense and slipped a shot past Chencinski into the right inside-net giving Brooklyn a 2-1 lead.

With an assist from J.T. Noone, Bloes rocketed a shot past Italians' goalkeeper Rosario Candela to help Harrisburg even the score 2-2, pushing the game into the first of two 15-minute overtimes.

Bloes and Noone reversed roles as Bloes crossed a short-pass to Noone in the 92nd minute and watched his teammate curve a spectacular shot into the corner net, putting the Islanders up 3-2.

In the 119th minute, late in the second overtime, Islanders' midfielder Dominic Oppong put the finishing touch on a dramatic victory for Harrisburg after he shot the ball into the top of the net giving the Islanders a 4-2 result.

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