This article appears courtesy of Fort Worth Vaqueros’ Media Relations.
HOUSTON _ The Fort Worth Vaqueros were 15 minutes away from their first road win of the season. Instead, late pressure from the home team resulted in mistakes by the visitors and the Houston Regals earned a 2-1 victory against Fort Worth on Friday.
The match marked the first of a two-game road weekend for Fort Worth. The Vaqueros (1-3-2, 5 points) head to San Antonio for a match on Sunday against the first place Corinthians (6-0, 18 points).
“We played well enough to win but unfortunately there were two giveaways in the back that led to their goals,” Vaqueros coach Mark Snell said.
Fort Worth took the 1-0 lead seconds before halftime. A Regals handball in the penalty area led to the opening goal. Vaqueros midfielder Ricky Mejia converted from the spot in the 45th minute.
Fort Worth held the road lead until the 78th minute when a Vaqueros turnover led to the equalizer.
The Regals (2-3-1, 7 points) then netted the game-winner in the 85th minute to earn the victory.
“It was a hard fought match,” Vaqueros defender Joseph Cervantes said. “We had a lot of possession. It was not a game we should have lost. We have to put this behind us and focus on San Antonio.”