The Montreal Impact and Rochester Raging Rhinos played to a scoreless tie in the first game of their two game quarter final series in front of 6,354 fans. The Impact outshot Rochester 8 to 2 in what was a pretty one sided game. The second game in the series will be played on Saturday in Rochester.
In the first half the Rhinos came out flying. Midfielder Stoian Mladenov controlled the play from midfield and sent a great cross into the box in the 16th minute that striker Hamisi Amani-Dove headed just over the bar. Pat Onstad, the busier of the two keepers on the night, had to make a save on a weak shot by Montreal forward Eduardo Sebrango in the 20th minute. Both sides traded chances in the early part of the half with no one in particular threatening . Montreal had an excellent chance in the 39th minute when Patrice Bernier, coming in on the left side, cut to the centre and unleased a rocket that Onstad steered wide. Both teams continued to play defensively until the half ended.
In the second half the Impact went on the attack. In the 62nd minute Eduardo Sebrango came in on Onstad and sent a quick pass to Bernier who shot from just inside the box and hit the right post. Just seven minutes later, Bernier returned the favor when he passed to Sebrango who sent a powerful shot at Onstad. The Rochester keeper made a terrific save, steering the ball to the right and out of danger.In the 82nd minute, Sebrango, taking advantage of sloppy play in front of Onstad, got hold of the ball and sent a great shot that bounced off the post. Montreal had one more good chance in the 85th minute when Mark Rowland sent a bullet just wide of the net from 20 yards out.
After the game Pat Onstad praised his teammates saying, "We came here to get some sort of result but we knew it was going to be difficult. I thought the guys played fantastic." Montreal coach Bob Lilley speaking about Saturday's game in Rochester said, " We're capable of beating this team but we need to create a few more chances. They're not going to hand it to us."
The second game will be played at Frontier field in Rochester on Saturday at 8:00 PM .
Montreal: Sutton (GK), Pizzolitto, Gervais, Barker (Corneli 75), Kopp (Braz 50), DiTullio, De Santis (Rowland 74), Roberto, Bernier, Sebrango, Biello. Substitutes not used: Shepherd (GK), Leduc, Placentino, Oliviero.
Rochester: Onstad (GK), Demmin (Walton 89), Schweitzer, Sedgewick, Bankov, Lavrynenko, Mladenov, Nash (Jimmy Tanner 77), Steenkamp, Amani-Dove (Suarez 90), Wilson (Simmonds 67). Substitutes not used: Andracki (GK), Tommy Tanner, Zavala.
Cautions: Bankov (Roch. 22nd minute), Sedgewick(Roch. 30th minute), Sebrango (Mtl. 53rd minute), Gervais (Mtl. 81st minute).
Conditions: Cool and dry.