San Antonio FC has avoided a major upset as they advanced in the US Open Cup claiming a 2-1 win over Houston Dutch Lions in Conroe on Wednesday night.
The opener came in the 17th minute as San Antonio FC took full advantage of a set piece opportunity to make the Dutch Lions pay. Victor Araujo stepped up and hit the shot from just outside the box beating the keeper to make it 1-0.
Four minutes before half-time San Antonio FC was able to double their lead thanks to a mistake at the back from Houston Dutch Lions. Aly Al Hassan was there to capitalize on the mistake, getting in behind and burying the chance to put San Antonio FC well on top.
The Dutch Lions made things interesting just after the hour mark as they were able to find a goal, pushing San Antonio to tighten up. That forced San Antonio to bring on more of their first team players in an effort to keep their lead.
The scoreline flatters Houston Dutch Lions somewhat as San Antonio FC was the dominant side throughout the match and played with a mixed squad. They easily accounted for the Dutch Lions who really only had two chances in the match.
Set pieces provided two more opportunities for San Antonio FC in the first half, the first coming off a Hassan header. The second was a free-kick but the wall did its job deflecting the ball out of play and eventually clearing the ball.
The second half saw Houston Dutch Lions come more in to the match but Lee Johnston showed that he can handle goalkeeping at this level. He made two strong saves in the half, one which kept San Antonio FC in front, vital in the win.