FC Lehigh Valley United had a golden opportunity to catch Reading on a counter in the 37th minute.
Following a Reading corner kick, Sonic cleared and launched a counterattack that saw them have a three on one advantage. Great hustle by United defender Jimmy Ockford and midfielder Keegan Rosenberry broke up the play and ended Sonic's opportunity.
With the half winding down, Larry Ndjock fired a shot that rattled the post. In the ensuing scramble to clear the ball, the Reading bench shouted for handball, but referee Eric Weisbrod allowed the final seconds of play to tick off before whistling for halftime.
The second half began with United again exerting pressure in Sonic's half. The aggressive tactics worked and in the 50th minute when Reading United found the breakthrough goal.
Ndjock began a run down the right side of the field, with Philadelphia Union academy graduate Darius
Madison tracking the run in the center channel. Njdock beat his mark and found Madison alone in the Sonic penalty area. With the keeper at his mercy, Madison coolly stroked the ball into the back of the net to hand United a well-deserved 1-0 lead.
With the advantage, Reading continued to press forward. Right back Wes Charpie earned a throw in following an aggressive run down the right flank. Charpie picked out captain Steve Neumann on the throw in, who took the ball down the end line as he drove toward goal. From a nearly impossible angle, Neumann looked up and saw the keeper off his line and fired a shot that nestled just inside the side netting to double United's advantage. "I just saw the goalie off a little bit, the guys were asking me if it was a shot or a cross," said Neumann. "I'll take it to my grave that it was a shot," the Georgetown midfielder said with a smile.