Hartford Athletic got the first win in Club history with a 2-1 victory over New York Cosmos B on Tuesday night at Al-Marzook Stadium on the campus of the University of Hartford.
Hartford Athletic played their best offensive half of the season in the first 45 minutes. Harry Swartz netted the opener with a great touch and turn off a low cross from Giuseppe Gentile. Swartz went near post past an outstretched Santiago Castano for the first goal of the night.
Just 9 minutes later, Mads Jørgensen scored on a free kick from just outside the top of the box. Some beautiful spin and a helpful bounce helped Mads find the back of the net and Hartford took a 2-0 lead into halftime.
The Cosmos controlled the run of play in the second half, capitalizing on an deep strike from last week's hero, Bljedi Bardic, to bring the Cosmos within 1. The Cosmos rattled off 12 shots in the second half, only 3 of which were on target, but Lissek and the Athletic defense did just enough to keep Cosmos off the board a second time.
Hartford Athletic now advances to the third round of the U.S. Open Cup where they will take on the winner of Memphis 901 FC and New York Red Bulls U-23.
Hartford Athletic returns to USL Championship action on Sunday afternoon when they head to our nation's capital to take on Loudoun United FC at Audi Field at 2 PM.
Shots: 19-8 COS
Shots on Target: 5-4 HFD
Corner Kicks: 8-3 COS
Fouls Committed: 19-18 HFD
Saves: 2-1 COS
Offside: 3-2 COS
Possession: 62-38 COS
Passing Accuracy: 81-64 COS
HFD - Harry Swartz 16' (Giuseppe Gentile)
HFD - Mads Jørgensen 25'
COS - Bljedi Bardic 57' (Emmanuele Sembroni)
19' - Aaron Dennis (Yellow)
33' - Wojciech Wojcik (Yellow)
74' - Giuseppe Gentile (Yellow)
HARTFORD ATHLETIC STARTING LINEUP
Jacob Lissek; Raymond Lee (c), Sem de Wit, Nikolaj Lyngo, Kyle Curinga; Nicky Downs, Harry Swartz (Jonathan Brown 70'), Giuseppe Gentile, Mads Jørgensen; Wojciech Wojcik (Sebastian Dalgaard 80'), Jose Angulo (Mac Steeves 83').
NEW YORK COSMOS B STARTING LINEUP
Santiago Castaño; Matthew Lewis, Ansi Agolli, Kevin Venegas (Pedro Galvão 85'), Emmanuele Sembroni; Junior Burgos, Daniel Szetela (c), Ricardo Bocanegra, Joseph Sanchez (Charlie Le Dula 54'); Bljedi Bardic, Aaron Dennis (Aly Hassan 85').