TUKWILA, Wash. (AP) — Lamar Neagle never got a chance for a game-winning shot at the end of overtime. But in the penalty kick tiebreaker, Neagle sent the Seattle Sounders to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open Cup.
Neagle scored the clinching goal in the shootout on Tuesday night, as the Sounders beat the San Jose Earthquakes to advance. Seattle won the penalty shootout 4-1 after the teams played to a 1-1 draw over 90 minutes of regulation and 30 minutes of extra time.
The Sounders had a decided edge through the second half and both extra periods. That included a scramble in the San Jose penalty area during the final seconds of extra time. But before Neagle could get off a shot, the whistle sounded to end play and bring on PKs.
"I've never seen that before," Neagle said. "But that's all I'll say."
Seattle converted all four of its PKs, with Gonzalo Pineda, Marco Pappa, and Brad Evans beating Earthquakes goalkeeper David Bingham before Neagle sealed it.
"I just concentrate, knowing what I have to do," said Neagle, who drove his shot into the back left corner. "You just kind have to keep your mind in the same place the entire time."
Khari Stephenson scored on the first try for San Jose. But Alan Gordon drove his attempt off the left post, and Sounders goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann dove to his right to make the save on JJ Koval's shot.
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