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Earthquakes beat Stars in US Open Cup

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POSTED June 5, 2012 11:04 p.m.

STANFORD (AP) — Steven Lenhart headed in a goal in the 85th minute to give the San Jose Earthquakes a 1-0 victory over the Minnesota Stars on Tuesday night in the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup.

Steven Beitashour recorded the assist to help the Earthquakes advance to the quarterfinals for the first time in seven years. San Jose will host three-time defending U.S. Open Cup champion Seattle later in June.

David Bingham made two saves for San Jose (9-3-3 MSL) while Matt VanOekel recorded three saves. The Stars (4-1-5 NASL) outshot the Earthquakes 13-11.

Beitashour picked up a through ball along the far side and made a centering pass that Lenhart got past VanOekel from in front of the net.

The Stars, coached by former Earthquake Manny Lagos, took more shots in a scoreless first half but the Earthquakes had better scoring opportunities, forcing VanOekel to make two difficult saves.

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