Centennial State shocker: 10-men Northern Colorado Hailstorm pulls off U.S. Open Cup second-round upset of Colorado Springs Switchbacks – The Denver Post

Northern Colorado Hailstorm F.C. could not have made a better first impression on the U.S. soccer landscape.

The Hailstorm pulled off a “cup-set” in the club’s first-ever competitive match, beating the Colorado Springs Switchbacks 1-0 on Wednesday night.

Down to 10 men for more than an hour, Hailstorm FC held on at 0-0 to force extra time in the second round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup against their Centennial State rivals.

Hailstorm never panicked. Instead it flipped the script. A giant killing in the truest sense.

In the 106th minute, substitute Lachlan McLean received a pass deep in the box and did enough to hold off two Switchback defenders. He found a cutting Jerry Desudens who scored what would be the match’s only goal.

The Switchbacks were then reduced to 10 men, and despite keeping up an onslaught of chances, it wasn’t enough and Hailstorm secured its first-ever Centennial State derby win.

“I just knew even with 10 men we had guys who could counter and nick a goal,” Hailstorm head coach Éamon Zayed said on a phone call following the match. “McLean was phenomenal and Jerry was the best man on the pitch. … It was emotional. For them to show that resilience and work that hard, get the first win as a club, as a team and for me as a coach, but mostly for the guys, it’s just so emotional.”

Northern Colorado will find out its third-round opponent Friday.

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