Austin Aztex took to the field at House Park in front of 635 supporters looking to kick start their 2013 US Open Cup campaign knowing that a victory would see a visit from USL PRO side Willmington Hammerheads next week in the second round.
However they would need to play for the majority of the game with 10-men in order to overcome North Texas USASA side NTX Rayados on Tuesday May 14th if they were to make that date with the next round but their influence and skill on the field took it’s toll on their Texas opponents as they ran out 3-0 winners after 90 minutes of play.
It only took the PDL three minutes to state their intentions on this match and if the Rayados had any difficulties in grasping how difficult a task lay ahead of them, Kris Tyrpak nearly shattering the crossbar after such a short time on the field would have cemented the enormity of the achievements required to overcome Paul Dalglishs’ side.
Andres Cuero however was to open the Aztex account after collecting a rebound to knock it over the line despite the Rayados keepers best attempts to keep the ball out on 14 minutes.
An avalanche of goals was probably expected to follow but NTX Rayados were stalwart in their defending and becoming difficult to break down.
NTX Rayados suffered a stroke of luck on 24 minutes which could have swung the game in their favour with the ejection of Aztex defender Aaron Guillen for a foul on keeper Raul Herrera but after a rejigging of players on the pitch, the Aztex re-tooled themselves for the onslaught that would come but instead of capitulating to the attack, they struck back at the heart of their visitors and grabbed another goal.
This time it was a stroke of misfortune that would hurt the Rayados as a Tyrpak deflected shot squeezed home to give the Austin side a 2-0 lead with a little over 30 minutes played to this point.
Rayados, who had qualified via the USASA qualifiers in New Orleans a couple of weeks ago, struggled to make any head way into the Aztex lead and produced very little in front of goal throughout the remainder of the game.
The Aztex for their part continued to play their normal game, frustrating their visitors at every turn and pushing forward in numbers when in possession.
This play allowed them to add another goal shortly from the end when Tony Rocha picked up his own rebounded shot to slot home at the second attempt, giving a final score of 3-0 in favour of his team.
Aztex Head Coach Paul Dalglish said, “It was a very mature performance, I have got to be happy with them. Great credit to the players for great character. That is two games now that we have faced adversity and come out triumphant. That’s real character building and a good sign towards the future because we’re only going to get better.”
Austin Aztex now look forward to another couple of home games coming up, firstly league duty welcomes Houston Dutch Lions to House Park on Saturday May 18th before they embark on the second round of the US Open Cup with the visitation of USL PRO side Wilmington Hammerheads on Tuesday May 21st. The winners of that tie will progress to the final 32 sides in the competition alongside 16 MLS sides.
Final score from House Park, Austin Aztex 3 NTX Rayados 0
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