The following appears courtesy of Forth Worth Vaqueros Media Relations.
SAN ANTONIO, Texas _ The Fort Worth Vaqueros became the first team of the season to take a point from the Corinthians in San Antonio, earning a 1-1 against the South Central Conference leaders.
Corinthians entered the match with a perfect 7-0 record but now sits 7-0-1 for 22 points.
The Vaqueros (1-3-3, 6 points) earned the draw behind a first half equalizer from defender Abdoulaye “Papa” Faly.
“We started the game a little timid and a bad pass resulted in a goal, but we grew into the game and played better and better as the game went on,” Vaqueros coach Mark Snell said. “(Goalkeeper) Arturo (Sanchez) made a few huge saves to keep us in the game. I’m really proud of the boys.”
The game did not start the way Snell would have preferred, though. Corinthians opened the scoring in the fifth minute on a Ben Conway shot that struck the crossbar before finding the net. To the visitor’s credit, Fort Worth equalized quickly, scoring off a corner kick in the 21st minute.
Vaqueros midfielder Ricky Mejia played the corner kick into the box where Faly out-jumped everyone to head home the equalizer.
“We worked really hard,” Vaqueros midfielder Dade Horton said. “We had a lot of chances and could have won if we had finished them. But, we played great nonetheless.”
The Vaqueros begin the second half of South Central Conference competition at 7:30 p.m. Saturday away to the Tulsa Athletics.