Cade Hagan's Late Winner Keeps Sockers FC Perfect in Group F

An 84th minute goal from substitute Cade Hagan lifted Sockers FC to a 3-2 victory over Philadelphia Union on Wednesday afternoon in the second matchday of the 2019 U.S. Soccer Development Academy U-18/19 Playoffs. Philadelphia Union came from behind twice, but the third goal proved too much to overcome as Sockers FC remained perfect with six points in Group F.

In the sixth minute, Sockers FC goalkeeper Roman Celentano was called into action early as he was able to tip away a header from Philadelphia Union attacker Patrick Bohui for a corner.

Celentano made another terrific stop in the 18th minute as he denied an opportunity from just outside the box by Selmir Miscic. Bohui laid the ball into the path of Miscic and his shot from five yards outside of the box was tipped over by Celentano who made an acrobatic save to deny Philadelphia Union the opening goal.

Against the run of play it was Joshua Penn giving Sockers FC the lead with an outstanding free kick in the 23rd minute. A foul just two yards outside the box setup the opportunity and Penn curled a perfectly hit free kick over the wall and into the upper 90, past a helpless Brady McSwain in goal for Philadelphia Union as the Mid-America Division champions took the 1-0 lead midway through the opening half.

Three minutes later, Philadelphia Union had a great chance to equalize as Jack De Vries clipped a cross toward the head of Bohui, but his header from inside the six-yard box went just wide.

Just past the half-hour mark Philadelphia Union was level as Bohui brought evened the match with a left-footed drive off the post. The play started with quick combination from De Vries to Antek Sienkiel who flicked it into the feet of Bohui. The Union forward took a couple of touches before kissing his shot off the inside of the post, past a diving Celentano to bring the MLS Academy side level.

Seconds after the restart Sockers FC went back in front courtesy of Stefan Stojanovic. The Chicago area side took the kickoff to start the second stanza and Philadelphia Union never got a touch before Omar Ramadan played a ball toward Stojanovic who got in behind a Union defender and slipped home the first chance of the second half to give Sockers FC a 2-1 lead.

Philadelphia Union pulled themselves back even for the second time on an outstanding individual effort by Miscic. Picking up the ball just a few yards outside the box, Miscic danced through a pair of defenders from a tight angle and found just enough space to tuck the ball inside the back post, tying the game at 2-2 in the 56th minute.

Two minutes later Union defender Dante Huckaby prevented his team from going right back behind as he made a goal line clearance, denying Stojanovic a second goal in the game.

The Union looked to take its first lead of the game in the 66th minute but Celentano came up big again with a left-footed save on a chance by Bohui who was looking for his second goal of the contest.

Penn had a pair of chances to put Sockers FC back in front in the 78th minute. Hagan found Penn in the box and his first shot was saved by McSwain, but the rebound came right back at Penn who reacted quickly but was unable to direct his header on target as the game remained deadlocked.

With six minutes left, Sockers FC did go back in front however as Hagan and Penn combined again, this time giving the Chicago side a 3-2 lead. It was Penn playing provider, springing Hagan on the counterattack the substitute's left-footed shot found the back of the net past McSwain to put Sockers FC in front for the third time in the game.

In the 89th minute, Celentano had to come up with one more big save on a cross that came through the box and in on goal, but the Sockers FC goalkeeper was able to parry it out for a corner to preserve the victory.

Sockers FC will head into Friday's final matchday in Group F with six points and will face San Jose Earthquakes at 3:15 p.m. PT. Philadelphia Union will also closeout group F play on Friday at 3:15 p.m., as they face Nomads FC.

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