This article appears courtesy of Fort Worth Vaqueros’ Media.
FORT WORTH, Texas _ It took some heroics from Fort Worth goalkeeper Arturo Sanchez, but the Vaqueros bounced back from their recent loss to FC Wichita with a 1-0 shutout of the Joplin Demize. It was Fort Worth’s first win of the season, moving their record to 1-2-2, 5 points, while the Joplin Demize fell to 4-1-1, 13 points. Joplin defeated Fort Worth 2-1 in Missouri on May 23, so it was a bit of payback match for the Vaqueros.
“I thought we played the way we were capable of playing,” Vaqueros coach Mark Snell said. “We had a little soul searching after Thursday, which I thought was uncharacteristic. This is the way this team is capable of playing.”
Thanks to Sanchez’ heroics, the Vaqueros supporters sang a deserving chant set to the tune of Winter Wonderland, “Walking in Arturo’s Wonderland.” It was the netminder’s second shutout of the season.
Fort Worth opened the scoring early in the match with a 4th minute strike. Vaqueros outside back, Austin Stewart picked up his second assist of the year on the goal. Stewart fed captain Tyler Humphrey, who beat a Joplin defender and then unleashed for his first goal of the season.
Joplin finished the game short-handed when a Demize player was ejected in the 86th minute.
“It was a tough game,” Humphrey said. “We got our breakthrough finally in the first half. We ground out the victory and we’ve got to keep the momentum going.”
The Vaqueros head out on a road swing next weekend with a Friday stop in Houston. Fort Worth then heads to San Antonio two days later on Sunday June 14.