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SAMUELS HAT TRICK SENDS RHINOS TO THIRD ROUND OF US OPEN CUP

By Rochester Rhinos, 05/18/16, 10:15PM EDT

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ROCHESTER, NY- The Rhinos hosted Southie FC in the second round of the U.S Open Cup. The Rhinos came out to a quick 2-0 lead early on after Marcos Ugarte of the Rhinos went down inside the box after contact from behind. Volesky took the penalty kick to make it 1-0 Rochester in the 6’ minute. Three short minutes later Andre Fortune II had a beautiful solo goal as he curled the ball into the corner.

Southie FC never seemed to run out of gas as they continued to challenge the ball. However, they couldn’t stop a third Rhinos goal as newcomer Tergou led Ugarte who chipped it right over Southie FC goalkeeper O’Donnell in the 26’ minute. This was Urgate's first goal as a Rhino.

Asani Samuels came alive in the 42’ minute with not one, but two goals. The second came with an assist from Volesky as Samuels hit it from about six yards out. Rhinos went into the half with a 5-0 lead.

At the half Rochester subbed in Apostolopoulos and Guilavogui for Samuel and Volesky. Southie FC started the second half with an own goal in the 48’ minute making it 6-0 Rhinos. The sixth goal of the match allowed the Rhinos to break their record for most goals scored in a US Open Cup game. The previous record was from their 5-1 victory over the NH Phantoms in 2006. But they weren’t don’t there.

Southie used the only two subs they brought in the second half sending in Bakhtiari and Fitzpatrick.

Asani Samuels led the team in scoring tonight with a hat trick to make it 7-0 Rochester. The Rhinos take on Lansdowne Bhoys in the Third Round of the U.S Open Cup on June 1 at 7:00 p.m. at Rochester Rhinos Stadium.

In honor of the U.S Open Cup the Rhinos are throwing a Fan Appreciation Celebration at the stadium. For the Fan Appreciation Celebration, fans will receive complementary tickets to the third round match, in addition to match long food and beverage specials. With so many new changes to the stadium over the past few weeks, the event gives soccer fans of all kinds the opportunity to come to the stadium and see the excitement first hand. This includes new concession stands, new turf and scoreboard, and new premium seating options.

While tickets are complimentary, seating is still reserved. To claim their tickets for the game fans can visit Rhinosoccer.com, calling (585) 454-KICK (5425), or visiting the ticket office at Rochester Rhinos Stadium.

The Fan Appreciation Celebration will occur on June 1, at 7:00 p.m. at Rochester Rhinos Stadium as the Rhinos advance to the Third Round of the Lamar Hunt U.S Open Cup.

About the Rochester Rhinos

The RochesterRhinos, were founded in 1996 and currently compete in the USL. The Rhinos have appeared in nine finals and won five championships including the 1999 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, three A-League Championships (1998, 2000, 2001) and the 2015 USL Championship. For group and season tickets visit our website  www.rhinossoccer.com or call the Rochester Rhinos Ticket Department at (585) 454-KICK (5425).