San Antonio FC Wins First Preseason Friendly

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Life in the second season in the history of San Antonio FC has got under way as they managed a 2-1 victory over University of Incarnate Word (UIW) in a friendly at Toyota Field on Saturday morning. It was a strong come from behind victory, with San Antonio FC using two different 11s, each 11 getting 45 minutes each.

The two goals came in the second half, first to defender Ryan Roushandel, who was able to get on the end of a set piece from midfielder Devin Vega. Vega then added a second shortly afterwards as he buried a penalty.

Vega is certain to be a fan favorite for San Antonio FC this year, and proved it in this match, despite it being a closed door friendly. The 18-year-old has been given his chance at his home town club, and with few home town players on the squad, Cardone is the only other, and impressive performances like that against UIW he is sure to be loved by the fans.

It was a tight match through the first half, with San Antonio seemingly having a measure of control throughout. Despite that the Cardinals were holding out well as they defended strongly against the professional side, keeping it scoreless at half-time.

San Antonio FC switched out the entire team for the second half, one that included four trialists attempting to impress for a contract. That led to an unstable backline, and especially midfield, allowing UIW to capitalize and score the opener in the 55th minute thanks to a perfect through-ball.

But the professional side started getting their feet and on the hour mark it was a goal for Roushandel to pull San Antonio FC level. The ball was whipped in to the box by Vega who found Roushandel, who was able to easily head home the equalizer.

It didn’t take long for Vega to turn from provider to scorer as he was able to score his first goal for a professional side. After Akwaefi Ajeakwa was fouled in the box, Vega was able to step up and bury the penalty, sealing the 2-0 win for San Antonio FC.

UIW men Hold Conference Leaders Utah Valley to Draw

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The University of Incarnate Word (UIW) soccer season came to an end on Saturday night as the UIW men managed a draw in their last match of the season. Ben Conway scored a brace in his last match for the school but it wasn’t enough as the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) leaders Utah Valley came back for a 2-2 draw at Benson Stadium on Saturday night.

Up against the conference leaders the Cardinals showed no sign of being overawed, starting the match well and opening the scoring in the 12th minute. A foul from Utah Valley allowed Conway to step up, in range, hitting his free-kick perfectly beating the keeper to get a perfect start to senior night.

After being stunned early, Utah Valley was forced to respond, and they did so, going on the attack to try and find an equalizer. But keeping out Utah Valley was Jorge Guzman who was having a phenomenal match in the Cardinals goal.

That Utah Valley domination continued throughout the first half of the match, but could not finish the chances that presented themselves. That allowed the Cardinals occasional chances, but the score remained 1-0 at half-time with UIW winning the match.

Ten minutes in to the second half UIW doubled their lead, punishing the conference leaders for giving away another free-kick. Conway stepped up curling the ball in and bending it in to the near-side of the net for the second.

In the 64th minute, Utah Valley had a way back in to the match after Guzman brought down a striker, earning a yellow card and conceding a penalty. That allowed Aaron Meyer to step up and he buried the penalty to make it 2-1.

With the match running out of time, Utah Valley University were chasing the match and in the 79th minute they were able to get back in the match. After Aaron Caprio’s shot was saved by Guzman, that allowed Paul Hoffmeister to run on and tap home the rebound.

The Cardinals pushed in the final ten minutes to try and find a goal, but they were unable to do so with Elliot Rubio excelling in the Utah Valley goal. He made two great saves late on to keep the match level and send it to overtime.

Utah Valley dominated the opening half of extra-time but could not take advantage of their chances, shooting off target too often. The second half saw that flipped with UIW controlling the match but the Utah Valley defense did enough to keep the Cardinals out to keep it 2-2 and make the teams settle for a draw.

UIW Falls to HBU Despite Strong First Half

University of Incarnate Word (UIW)’s men continued their Western Athletic Conference struggles on Sunday night as they fell to Houston Baptist University (HBU). A strong offensive performance did everything but find the back of the net, which allowed the Huskies the 2-0 win.

UIW actually started the match well, but Chance Pope in the HBU goal and the rest of the Huskies defense was proving strong, keeping the Cardinals out. There was two consecutive blocked shots in the 14th minute that did just enough to keep UIW out.

Those blocked shots proved crucial as the Huskies were able to open the scoring less than one minute later. Kenneth Shonaike was able to find Darrell Johnson on the right, which allowed Johnson to set up Malik Key who dribbled in and shot across the face of goal, in to the back of the net.

Now a goal down the Cardinals kept up their attack looking to pull a goal back, and they were peppering the Huskies goal with shots. Ben Conway was looking the main outlet for UIW as he hit three shots in just two minutes but Pope was up to the task, saving every shot.

The Cardinals continued to attack throughout the final stages of the first half as they had all of the possession and the territorial advantage. Despite that they could not finish the chances that presented themselves, having 17 shots to three but went to the break 1-0 down.

HBU saw more of the ball to open the second half and as a result they were able to double their lead in the 54th minute. Johnson was able to run up the left and set up Dequan Thomas who crossed the ball in for Marc Anthone who buried the shot with a powerful low shot.

Down two goals, the Cardinals were forced to respond but they just could not lift enough to really threaten. HBU were able to easily close out the match, cruising to the 2-0 win despite UIW’s threats in the first half

ACU Sneak Past UIW to Close 2016 Season

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UIW women couldn’t celebrate senior day with a win at Benson Stadium on Friday night as they fell to Abeline Christian. The Cardinals managed to come from behind but gave it up in the second half to fall to a 2-1 loss.

The Cardinals started the match well, but after five minutes Abeline Christian was able to quickly get charge of the match. Chloe Fifer was the main outlet for the Wildcats as she took all their set-pieces, with three corners in the first 15 minutes.

In the 16th minute ACU was able to open the scoring after their strong attack finally broke through. As had been the trend throughout the match, it was a set-piece which finally produced the goal as Fifer sent in the ball from the corner which found Dylan Owens who sent the ball past the keeper.

That forced the Cardinals to go for the match and Sam Batley was looking the most likely to get the goal. In the 29th minute she had her best chance as she was left in the space to shoot but she could only send her effort over the bar.

After a good passage, the Cardinals finally got the equalizer that they were threatening in the 39th minute. Brooke Hanson was able to send a ball in for Batley, in space, she hit a half-volley which left the keeper with no chance and made it 1-1.

Abeline Christian started the second half the stronger side but the Cardinals defense was proving strong in stopping the opportunities. Those shots were being spread throughout the team but no one was able to get the shot in to the back of the net.

The Wildcats were proving the stronger side throughout the second half as they had almost all of the attacking chances and shots. In the 76th minute they finally broke through as Sophie Standifer sent a long ball up the field, finding Owens who was able to score at the near post and restore ACU’s lead.

UIW pushed for the equalizer again through the final 15 minutes but the ACU defense stood firm and kept the Cardinals out. Despite the final result, UIW showed they could compete with a strong Southland Conference side, which will give them confidence as next season they will finally be eligible for post season.

UTRGV Manage Comfortable Win Over UIW

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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.

Stephen F Austin Manage Simple win Over UIW

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Despite pushing the number two team in the conference UIW women could not get a result against Stephen F Austin on Sunday afternoon at SFA Soccer Field. A goal in each half was enough for the Lumberjacks to get the 2-0 win and boost their title chances.

SFA was coming in the stronger side and started the match the stronger side and after some good goalkeeping and defense the Lumberjacks broke through in the 17th minute. A free-kick allowed Hanna Barker to send the ball in, finding Brooke Dunnigan who buried the opportunity for the opener.

After scoring the goal, the Lumberjacks kept attacking trying to find a second goal, with UIW struggling to get in to the match. If not for poor finishing, as they sent their shots wide of goal, letting the Cardinals off the hook.

Late in the half, UIW had their best passage of the match to that point with Sabrina Martineau looking the most likely. But the Cardinals could not find a goal to pull themselves back in to the match, which kept it 1-0 at half-time.

A strong start to the second half by UIW was denied by Lillie Ehlert in the SFA goal, keeping UIW out and keeping the Lumberjacks in front. It was Emani Stewart who was able to get a strong shot away but Ehlert leapt up well and made a strong save.

That missed chance would prove costly as SFA was able to double their lead in the 58th minute after a loose ball in the box. The Cardinals were unable to get to the ball to clear it away, which allowed Breanna Moore to run on to the ball, beating three UIW defenders to make it 2-0.

Brooke Shirley was looking dangerous for the Lumberjacks as they went on the attack looking to extend their lead further. But the Cardinals defense did just enough to block the shots but they could not manage a goal as they fell to the 2-0 loss.

UIW Cruise Past San Jose State

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After conceding early, the UIW men got angry and exploded for their biggest offensive performance of the season so far. UIW managed a big 4-1 victory over San Jose State to get their second conference win of the season.

The Spartans wasted no time in getting started as a UIW mistake gave away possession in range in the ninth minute. That allowed Jonathan Colunga to pounce, running up field he easily shot across the keeper and in to the back of the net.

But just two minutes later UIW was back level after they quickly got back on track and earned a corner. That allowed Trinidad Luna to send in the ball for Miguel Ojeda who easily headed it home after some poor defending allowed him the space.

That was not enough for the Cardinals and they kept pushing trying to get more goals and their second game in the 16th minute. A driven cross was sent in by Ben Conway, finding Wouter Peters who headed home from just outside the six yard box to give UIW the lead.

The Cardinals let off the gas from there, keeping the match tight but not really threatening through much of the final half hour in the half. Despite that they were looking much stronger, restricting the Spartans who struggled to get any chances in the final stages, keeping it 2-1 to UIW at the half.

The Spartans started the second half well, having the first shot of the second half and doing well in the opening stages. Despite that the UIW defense managed well, keeping San Jose State at bay and controlling the match.

After holding out for much of the first half, UIW picked up the pace late on, with the Spartan’s pushing forward to desperately find an equalizer. That left up the space for the Cardinals to take advantage of and with seven minutes to play they doubled their lead as O’Neal Moore sent in a diagonal ball for Ben Conway to make it 3-1.

It took less than one minute for the Cardinals to make it four after Ben Conway’s shot was blocked and fell lose. That saw the ball fall for Peters who was able to run on to it and shoot from the top of the box to make it the 4-1 win.

Battle of Cardinals ends in Frustrating Draw

Sam Batley sends a pass back (Photo: UIW Athletics)

In the battle of the Cardinals, the two teams could not be separated as they settled for a 1-1 draw in a crucial women’s Southland Conference match at Benson Stadium on Sunday night. UIW continued Lamar’s winless run as they were pegged back by Lamar, and couldn’t score in extra time keeping the match at 1-1.

It was an even start to the match as the two Cardinals teams struggled to really get control of the match through the opening 25 minutes. UIW took charge though after that, controlling the match after the 25th minute to take plenty of chances in the final 20 minutes of the half.

In the 33rd minute UIW finally broke through to open the scoring after Alyssa Amaya found space and hit a shot powerfully. That effort beat the keeper, but could only find the crossbar, bouncing back in to play, falling to Sam Batley who rounded the keeper and tapped it home.

Lamar had two late chances, both coming from Angelica Hernandez corner kicks, the first coming in the 36th minute. That chance was to Ana Moreno whose effort was blocked before with two minutes remaining in the half Page Jogensen sent her header wide to keep UIW 1-0 up at half-time.

UIW started the second half well, with Amaya being the main target through the opening minutes of the second half. Amaya had two chances in the first ten minutes of the half, first she saw her shot saved before her second effort was blocked.

In the final 20 minutes of the half, Lamar started to get back in to the match, taking back control and with two minutes to play they finally got back on level terms. A foul in the box allowed Jordan Mulnix to step up and hit the penalty past the keeper to send it to extra time.

That sent the match in to extra time, with UIW managing to dominate the second ten minute period of extra time. But neither side could find a goal, which saw the match be awarded as a tie, keeping both sides well down in Southland Conference.

Late Goal Sends UIW men Past UNLV

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UIW men managed to come from behind to defeat UNLV 2-1 at Benson Stadium on Saturday afternoon for a vital win. The winner came nine minutes from time thanks to a stunning Ronan Fournier goal from distance.

UNLV started the match well controlling the early possession and in the 17th minute they were able to hit the lead. A corner was swung in by Timo Mehlich which perfectly found Adam Musovski who headed it over the keeper for the opener.

The match was tight after that early opener, with the physicality really showing the match down, which kept things especially tight. The Cardinals perhaps edged the middle of the second half, but they struggled to get the ball in to the final third for clear chances.

In the 35th minute the Cardinals were able to pull a goal back, in similar fashion to UNLV’s opening goal, but coming in general play. O’Neal Moore was able to send in a cross for Ryan Osborne perfectly, which allowed him to head it over the keeper for the equalizer.

In just the second minute of the second half UNLV could very easily have restored their lead through Danny Musovski. Musovkski was able to find space and get a powerful shot away which beat the keeper but could only find the crossbar.

After the first ten minutes of the half, the Cardinals started going for the match, having all the possession for much of the half. But the UNLV keeper Enrique Adame was able to do well to keep the UIW attack at bay.

The winner came in the 81st minute as Ben Conway was able to look and see Ronan Fournier in space outside the box. That allowed Fournier to take a touch and then curl the effort to the far post which beat the keeper and hit the back of the net.

In the final nine minutes of the match the Cardinals continued to hold possession which allowed them to simply cruise to the victory. It could have been more in the 89th minute as Jake Malone got a shot away but his effort was saved, forcing UIW to settle for the 2-1 win.

Late Goal Forces UIW Men to Settle for Draw

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UIW men got their first positive result of conference play this season as they managed a 1-1 draw against Missouri-Kansas City at Benson Stadium on Thursday evening. A goal in the final 20 minutes drew the Roos level, and they held on for the draw after two 10 minute halves of extra time.

The Cardinals were certainly the stronger side, as they had the bulk of the chances throughout the match. UIW led the shot count 17-8 but the shots on target count was three each, showing why the Cardinals were unable to get the win.

Most of those missed chances came not because of wayward shooting but rather because of strong defense from the Roos. UMKC defenders were consistently throwing themselves in to the way of the shots, meaning plenty of blocked shots by the Roos defense.

That was the trend through the whole first half as the Cardinals struggled to break through the Roos defense. The defending got more physical late in the half, which broke up UIW’s flow, keeping the match scoreless at half time.

The Cardinals came out from the break determined to get the goal, and 11 minutes in that goal finally came. Ben Conway was able to beat his defender and set up Ryan Osborne who just snuck the ball under the keeper for the opener.

UIW kept the control up, with chances coming throughout the second half as Conway looked the most likely for the Cardinals. Conway had the bulk of the shots, partially by being the set piece taker but he was unable to find a goal.

But in the 73rd minute UMKC was able to pull a goal back after Mirko Orchi’s original shot was blocked by the UIW defense. That saw the ball fall for Hamish Smylie who was able to easily bury it with the goalkeeper stranded to level it at one.

UIW had one last chance to get the win, in the 89th minute when they earned a late corner, which was swung in by Trinidad Luna. But with almost every player on the pitch in the box, there was too many bodies in there, allowing UMKC to clear the ball.

The trend of UIW dominating the possession and taking almost every shot continued throughout extra time. But the other trend, of the Roos defense stopping everything which came their way keeping the match 1-1 after two periods of extra time.