COLORADO SPRINGS (August 10, 2019) – Rio Grande Valley FC (6-11-6, 24 pts.) and Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC (6-14-4, 22 pts.) end in a draw tonight at Weidner Field, 3-3. Kevin Rodriguez scored his first career goal this evening.
The first half was a high scoring half. Switchbacks FC Shane Malcolm shot a left-footed shot from outside the box and sent it to the far-left corner of the goal getting the lead in the 13th minute, 0-1. Seven minutes later, Colorado threatened the Toros goal with two different shots.
The first shot was saved and deflected by keeper Nico Corti where he then deflected another shot inside the box where Jordan Burt managed to put the ball in before Kyle Adams cleared for the Toros, 0-2.
RGV FC didn’t stay much behind when in the 27th minute, Houston Dynamo loanee, Michael Salazar, took on the Colorado defending line. Salazar sent a shot from the left side of the box to the right side of the goal going past the keeper, 1-2.
Before the end of the half, Isidro Martinez sent a through ball to Rodriguez in the 42nd minute. Rodriguez then sent it from the center of the box to the bottom right corner past keeper Abraham Rodriguez equalizing the match, 2-2.
In the 59th minute, Andres Arcila took a free-kick from outside the box where he sent a left-footed shot to the top right corner claiming the lead for the Toros, 3-2. Following a corner during stoppage time, Abdul Rwatubyaye managed to head the ball into the top left corner past Corti equalizing the match, 3-3.
In the 62nd minute, Corti was once again tested by the Switchbacks offense when Ismaila Jome sent a cross inside the box and Corti saved it midair. Burt sent a left-footed shot from outside the box to the top center of the goal but Corti, once again, deflected the shot out for a corner in the 92nd minute.
Overall, the Toros ended the night with eight total shots, three on target and 42 percent of possession held. Colorado Springs ended the night with 18 total shots, seven on target and 58 percent of possession.
Corti sealed the night with four saves. Arcila scored his second goal of the season in as many matches. Salazar once again is the goal-scoring leader for RGV FC with 9 goals.
Adams led the team with 58 total passes and 93.1 percent passing accuracy. Defensively, Dynamo loanee, Sam Junqua, totaled eight tackles, one clearance and one interception. Robert Castellanos totaled six clearances along with one tackle, one interception and 90 percent passing accuracy.
RGV FC continue on the road as they face off interstate rival, San Antonio FC on Saturday, August 17. Kickoff will be at 7:30 p.m. CT. The match will be available on ESPN+.
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Scoring Summary: RGV FC – Salazar 27’ (Assist by Arcila), Rodriguez 42’ (Assist by Martinez), Arcila 58’.
COS – Malcolm 12’ (Assist by Bone), Burt 20’, Rwatubyaye 93’ (Assist by Jome).
Misconduct Summary: RGV FC – Coronado 96’ YC.
COS – Robinson 47’ YC, Burt 47’ YC, Schweitzer 81’ YC.
COS – Rodriguez, Rwatubyaye, Burt, Jome, Reaves, Schweitzer, Robinson, Hundley (Donsu 83’), Malcolm, Bone (Jack 67’), Seth (Dewing 53’).
Subs: Yaro, Raben, Romero, Ceus.
Stats: Shots: 18 Shots on Goal: 7 Saves: 0 Fouls: 13 Corner Kicks: 6 Offsides: 0.
RGV FC – Corti, Samuels, Adams, Junqua, Castellanos, Rodriguez (Enriquez 67’), Monroy, Bird, Arcila (Coronado 78’), Martinez, Salazar.
Subs: Lemoine, Cabrera, Donovan, Willis, Small.
Stats: Shots: 8 Shots on Goal: 3 Saves: 4 Fouls: 6 Corner Kicks: 1 Offsides: 1.
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