Fresh off a two-week Copa America layoff, D.C. United saw a chance to set aside a turbulent Major League Soccer season and kick-start some much-needed momentum against the second-tier Fort Lauderdale Strikers in a fourth-round U.S. Open Cup matchup Wednesday night at Maryland SoccerPlex.
But as on so many other occasions, goals and momentum were nowhere to be found. The Strikers escaped with a victory in penalty kicks, mobbing Matheus Gonzalez after his spot kick ended a scoreless affair in Boyds.
Julian Buscher, Rob Vincent and Taylor Kemp (Maryland) converted United's first three penalty kicks, while former United forward Maicon Santos ballooned his attempt well over the crossbar on the Strikers' second try. But Luciano Acosta's kick was punched away, and Jared Jeffrey's shot smashed the bar to set up Gonzalez's winner.
"The guys gave me everything they had on the day," United coach Ben Olsen said. "We didn't finish some of our chances that were there, and then it goes to PKs and it's a bit of a coin flip."
With the win, Fort Lauderdale advances into next week's round of 16 in the U.S. Open Cup.
College football: Notre Dame's Corey Robinson, the son of former Navy and NBA great David Robinson and the most experienced wide receiver on the Fighting Irish roster, is walking away from football because of concussions. The 6-foot-5, 215-pound senior said Wednesday that he had reached his decision "after much contemplation and prayer." Robinson, who will continue as a student assistant, had missed most of spring practice after suffering a concussion, his third in the past year, at one of the first few practices.
College baseball: CCBC-Catonsville sophomore Craig Lopez was named the Northeast winner of the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II Marucci Elite Hitters award for having the top batting average in his district.
Varsity baseball: Archbishop Spalding left-handed pitcher Tyler Blohm was named an All-USA Baseball second-team All-American. Blohm, a Maryland commit whom the Orioles drafted in the 17th round last week, went 9-0 with a 0.85 ERA and 103 strikeouts in 63 innings this season.
NFL: The Washington Redskins named Robin West director of sports medicine.
Golf: Joseph C. Plecker, the director of instruction at The Elkridge Club in Baltimore, was one of five PGA professionals to achieve PGA Master Professional status, the highest educational designation that can be attained within the association, the PGA announced Wednesday. Plecker received his certification in teaching and coaching. His father, Coleman Plecker, also is a master professional.
NHL: The Washington Capitals say defenseman Karl Alzner had sports hernia surgery Wednesday and is expected to be "completely healthy" before the start of next season. He was injured during Washington's second-round playoff loss to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins.
WNBA: Emma Meesseman scored 23 points, Tayler Hill had 10 of her 21 points in the third overtime and the visiting Washington Mystics beat the Connecticut Sun, 109-106, on Tuesday night. It was the first three-overtime game in the WNBA since June 1, 2014. Bria Hartley added 13 points for Washington (5-7). Alex Bentley finished with 31 points for Connecticut (2-9).
Youth cricket: The 4th Annual Maryland Youth Cricket Championship, the only statewide cricket championship played in the United States, will be Saturday at 15701 Good Hope Road in Burtonsville. Bowie will face Germantown in 11U and Rockville will take on Germantown in 15U, both from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more on Maryland Youth Cricket, go to mdyouthcricket.org.
Baltimore Sun staff and news services contributed to this article.