Richmond Strikers (NPSL) 1, Aromas Café FC (Va.) 2 (a.e.t.)
After a scoreless first half, Aromas Café FC’s Douglas Clare opened the scoring for the Open Division qualifier in the 47th minute. Not to be outdone, Richmond earned a penalty kick midway through the second half which saw Will Bates convert to bring things level and eventually send the match to extra time. With penalty kicks looming Aromas’ Jake Van Yahres found the dramatic game winner in extra time, giving the Charlottesville-based club a 2-1 victory in their first-ever Open Cup match. With the win, Aromas Café FC will visit the Richmond Kickers in Second Round play on Wednesday, May 18.
Aromas Café FC (Va., Open Division) at Richmond Strikers (NPSL)
Time/Location: 5 p.m. ET; Striker Park; Glen Allen, Va.
Aromas Café FC Previous Appearances: First appearance
Richmond Strikers Previous Appearances: First appearance
- Richmond Strikers qualified for the tournament via an At-Large berth after finishing 5-2-3 in NPSL play in 2015.
- Aromas Café FC qualified via the Open Division, defeating Tartan Devils Oak Avalon 3-1 on October 17 and Aegean Hawks 3-1 on November 15. Both matches were played in Charlottesville, Va.