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Rhinos season ends after playoff loss to Puerto Rico

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Staff report • October 5, 2008

BAYAMON, Puerto Rico – The Rhinos were eliminated from the USL First Division playoff semifinals tonight, losing 3-0 in double overtime at Juan Ramon Lobriel Stadium as top-seeded Puerto Rico came from behind to win in dramatic fashion.

The Islanders (16-7-9) scored in the second overtime, in the 120th minute, to complete a comeback from a 2-0 deficit in the two-game, total-goal series. The Rhinos (13-12-9) had taken a two-goal advantage into tonight after Friday’s series opener in Rochester.

Puerto Rico will face No. 2 seed Vancouver (16-9-8), which came from behind tonight at home to edge No. 3 Montreal, 2-1 on aggregate goals in the other series, in Saturday’s USL title match.

The Rhinos were only a few minutes away from taking their series to a decisive, penalty-kick shootout.

Regulation ended with Puerto Rico ahead 2-0 in the game, which tied the series at 2-2 and forced two, mandatory 15-minute overtime periods.

The Islanders had drawn within a goal tonight in the 11th minute on Fabrice Noel’s bicycle kick from about eight yards off a corner kick.

The Islanders, who had beaten Rochester 4-0 in Puerto Rico on Aug. 8, tied it in the 35th minute on Taiwo Atieno’s header off a corner kick. A minute earlier, Puerto Rico’s Cristian Arrieta had booted a 10-yard volley off the crossbar.

The Rhinos had a goal called back in the 67th minute, as top-scorer Johnny Menyongar was ruled offside after scoring from about 15 yards after Andrew Gregor’s pass into the box hit him in stride.

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Edwin Jusino
Edwin Jusino
Director Ejecutivo de FutbolBoricua.net. Graduado del programa doctoral de Historia de las Américas de la Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico Recinto Metropolitano. Lleva más de una década cubriendo el fútbol de Puerto Rico. Finalizó su disertación doctoral sobre el pasado presidente de la FPF, el Dr. Roberto Monroig. Hincha del Club Atlético de Madrid y de la Selección Nacional de Fútbol de Puerto Rico. Puede contactarle via twitter o Instagram en @erjusinoa
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