The 100th edition of the US Open Cup had its first round on Tuesday and Austin Aztex won their first US Open Cup game since the rebirth thanks to a 3-0 win against amatuers NTX Rayados.
In the third minute Kris Tyrpak got the ball on the right in the box, in space and hit a powerful shot that came back off the crossbar allowing NTX to clear to safety.
As expected it was all Austin in the early going but the final ball just wasn’t there for a team that only opened its season on Saturday.
NTX had a chance in the 10th minute as Victor Pinal broke free but timed his run poorly being flagged off for offside.
Austin had the lead in the 14th after a shot from Chuy Cortez was saved but NTX failed to deal with the ball, which allowed Andres Cuero to just sneak the ball in before Raul Herrera could save it, making the save after it crossed the line.
Cortez nearly had a goal of his own as the roles were reversed with Cuero on the edge of the box volleying across for Cortez in space to shoot just over the bar.
Austin saw their position under threat as Aaron Guillen was shown a straight red card for contact with Herrera, who rolled around theatrically, to the referee’s credit Herrera was also shown a yellow for simulation.
The Aztex then took off Cortez and brought on Walker Hume to cover Guillen’s position at the center of defense in an effort to keep their passage to the second round safe.
Austin still doubled their advantage in the 33rd minute as Kris Tyrpak’s shot was redierected by Clifford Spencer in to the back of his own net putting NTX right up against it.
That would be the last really meaningful action of the half as Austin easily held on for a 2-0 lead at the break.
The second half started nervously with neither side really taking charge in what was an end-to-end period that produced little final product.
Austin had the first chance of the second half after a fluid series of passes allowed Tyrpak space in the box but he just couldn’t get the shot on target as it went wide of the post.
NTX had a good passage after the opening ten minutes of the half, seeing plenty of the ball but the closest they got was a solid sot from Alberto Rodriguez that could only find Josh Mikolewicz in the Austin goal.
Austin really looked content with a two goal-lead with their man disadvantage as they easily held off NTX and operated on the counter.
Austin had another chance in the 72nd as the ball came out to Cuero on the right and he ran at goal with his powerful low shot well saved by Herrera on to the cross bar and cleared away in a good passage for the Aztex.
Austin had a corner that was taken by Rocha which almost went right in and was saved before the same happened again on the resulting corner and NTX recovered in the scramble and cleared.
NTX had a good passage in the 77th minute as Reese Wilson got through and saw his initial effort saved before the rebound was cleared by Zach Pope.
Austin made it three in the 85th minute as Tony Rocha’s footwork bamboozled the NTX defense before squeezing it through the keeper, who errorred for a third goal.
Herrera came to the rescue in stoppage time to prevent a fourth as Max Gunderson made a superb run and crossed for Jacob Powell but quick work from Herrera alllowed him to save keeping the final score down to 3-0.
Austin will play Wilmington in the second round at House Park in Austin on May 21st 2013.
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