The Rio Grande Valley continued its domination over San Antonio soccer teams on Thursday night as UTRGV defeated UIW men. The Vaqueros won the match 2-0 at the UTRGV Soccer Complex giving UIW a big hit.
After UIW started the match well, with Fernando Laverde looking dangerous for the Cardinals, UTRGV quickly got charge of the match and scored the opener. In the 15th minute Juanito Ramirez made a strong run down the right and then sent in the ball for Angel Lopez who buried the shot.
The Cardinals were required to go for the match and they were the stronger team throughout most of the remainder the half. But a strong performance in goal from Esa Aalto kept the Cardinals at bay and kept the match 1-0 up at half-time.
But after the break, UTRGV came out the stronger side, dominating the opening moments and in the 59th minute they doubled the lead. A foul allowed Frederik Frankman to step up over the ball, in range, which allowed him to hit a powerful strike, beating the keeper, to make it 2-0.
Now two goals down, UIW had to press on and try and find a goal and in the 65th minute they went agonizingly close. Ben Conway saw his shot from the edge of the area blocked, which lead to a corner, but Conway’s corner couldn’t find a man as UTRGV cleared the ball.
Still needing two goals to get the match just back to overtime the Cardinals physicality ramped up as they tried to gain possession whenever they lost it. That mostly just led to more yellow cards and fouls given away which broke up any flow.
The Cardinals went the closest late in the second half, with Conway again the most likely to get a goal. But UTRGV did strongly, holding back the Cardinals attack and managing the two goal win, their third in conference play.