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U.S. Open Cup scores: Boateng’s 4 goals lead Richmond Kickers to win

Boateng is the 12th player in the modern era to score four or more goals in a single U.S. Open Cup match.

Richmond Kickers' forward Charles Boateng battles with a Virginia United player on March 7, 2019 at City Stadium during U.S. Open Cup play. (Photo courtesy Richmond Kickers, Jessica Stone Hendricks Photography)

Virginia United hoped to have a chance to advance in its first U.S. Open Cup campaign. To do so, the relatively unknown amateur squad from Manassas, Va., that fills its squad with mostly working men would have to play near mistake-free soccer against the Richmond Kickers.

Instead, Virginia United received the wrath of Charles Boateng.

The 21-year-old from Ghana scored, scored, scored and scored again, notching four goals, leading the charge as the Kickers won 6-2 over the scrappy Virginia United at City Stadium in Richmond, Va., Tuesday.

Scoring for Virginia United was Benardo Noel Majano and Elias Martinez. Adding the other two goals for the Kickers was Eli Lockaby and Daniel Jackson.

Leading up to his fourth and final score of the day, Boateng received a sliding pass on the right wing from Luke Pavone in the 75th minute. He then made his way into the box, fought off a defender and delivered a low, hard shot that went untouched by the keeper before landing inside the near post.

Boateng is on loan with Richmond from WAFA SC, a club in Ghana. Prior to Tuesday night, he had played in three USL League One contests, but hadn’t scored. He certainly made up for lost time by capitalizing on the chances he created Tuesday.

According to TheCup.us, Boateng is the 12th player in the modern era to score four or more goals in a single U.S. Open Cup match. It was last done by Dom Dwyer for Major League Soccer side Sporting KC in 2014.

The Kickers – who won the U.S. Open Cup in 1995 – move on to the tournament’s second round now. On May 15, they’ll travel to Cary, N.C., to take on North Carolina F.C. of the USL Championship. That game, like all U.S. Open Cup matches, will be streamed on ESPN+.

U.S. Open Cup scores – May 7, 2019

– A pair of USL League Two clubs, The Villages SC and the Lakeland Tropics played to a 1-1 draw. The Villages SC advanced on penalties, winning 8-7. The Villages SC will go on the road to play the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the USL Championship May 14.

– In a game filled with goals, New York Red Bulls U-23 of USL League Two beat FC Motown of NPSL 5-3 on penalties after playing to a 4-4 draw. The Red Bulls will face Memphis 901 FC of the USL Championship on the road on May 15.

– In the third game of the night that featured penalty kicks, West Chester United topped FC Baltimore Christos 5-4 on penalties after playing to a 1-1 draw. West Chester will head south on May 15 to face the Birmingham Legion of the USL Championship.

– In an upset, USL League Two side South Georgia Tormenta FC 2 topped USL League One club Chattanooga Red Wolves FC 3-0. South Georgia will go on the road on May 14 to face the USL Championship’s Nashville SC.

– USL League One’s Forward Madison FC beat Bavarian SC of the UPSL 2-0. Madison will travel south on May 15 to face El Paso Locomotive FC of the USL Championship.

– Laredo Heat SC of the NPSL took a 1-0 win over USL League Two’s Brazos Valley Calvary FC. San Antonio FC of the USL Championship will host Laredo on May 14.

– Cal FC of the UPSL topped FC Mulhouse Portland of the NPSL 5-1. Las Vegas Lights FC of the USL Championship will host Cal FC on May 14.

– Orange County FC of the NPSL took a 2-0 victory over USL League Two’s FC Golden State Force. Orange County FC will now face Orange County SC of the USL Championship on May 15.

– NPSL’s El Farolito topped Academica SC of USCS 2-1. The USL Championship’s Fresno FC will host El Farolito on May 15.

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