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RECAP: AMOH’S HAT TRICK GIVES TOROS A 4-2 WIN OVER MIAMI

By Toros Communications , 06/06/21, 9:00PM CDT

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MIAMI (Sunday, June 6, 2021) – Rio Grande Valley FC (4-1-1) capped off the three-game road trip with a 4-2 win over Miami FC (3-3-0) on Sunday evening. Elvis Amoh scored his first career hat trick, second in club history.   

 

Miami opened the scoreboard early in the 15th minute after Pierre Da Silva sent a left-footed ‘olympico’ corner kick to the top back corner of the goal, 1-0. Four minutes later, Adonijah Reid made a fast break run into the box forcing Carter Manley to attempt to block Reid. As Manley made the attempt to block Reid’s shot, Manley scored an own goal sending the clear off to the right side of the goal, 2-0. 

 

The Toros picked up the momentum in the second half as they scored four goals. The first goal came off a corner after James Murphy connected with Amoh inside the box allowing him to head the ball to the back center of the goal in the 51st minute, 2-1. Amoh equalized the matchup with a brace in the 67th minute after Alexis Cerritos sent a through ball creating the opportunity to put it away, 2-2. Two minutes later, Adrian Vera sent a cross inside the box, but Miami’s Paco Craig sent it past Sparrow giving the Toros a 3-2 lead. Before the final whistle, Baboucarr Njie sent a cross inside the box, paving the way for Amoh to finish with a hat trick and 4-2 lead.   

 

The first half was dominated by the home team, not allowing RGV FC to create opportunities. Reid forced Tyler Deric to come out of the six-yard box in the 28th minute after he built up a run, but Deric forced him to miss out wide. 

 

The Toros only had two clear opportunities beginning in the 18th minute after Amoh sent a dangerous shot from more than 35 yards out but Connor Sparrow saved the attempt in the center of the goal. During stoppage time, Murphy sent a cross following a corner kick and connected with Amoh giving him an opportunity to head the ball, but Sparrow was quick to deflect the shot, pressing Boluwatife Akinyode to head it out to another corner. 

 

RGV FC turned the match around in the second half and created opportunities throughout. Two minutes into the half, Cerritos had two back-to-back attempts but wasn’t able to finish off. Once the first goal came in, the Toros picked up the rhythm and didn’t give time for the 10-man Miami squad to catch up. 

 

Rodrigo Lopez completed a milestone as he played his 100th USL regular-season game tonight with the Toros. Tonight, Lopez finished the night with three total shots, one on target and one created chance with an 85.2% passing accuracy. Lopez was crucial in the midfield as he gained possession of 10 plays, totaled three tackles and an interception. 

 

Offensively, Amoh led the squad with five total shots, four on target. Murphy finished the night with four created chances and an assist. Cerritos totaled three shots, one on target, while creating two chances, one that led to an assist. 

 

Defensively, Adrian Diz Pe continues to progress in the backline as he totaled five clearances, two interceptions and one tackle. Vera also led with four tackles, one clearance, one interception and created two opportunities that led to the own goal. 

 

Though the Toros trailed in the first half, RGV came back to gain 69.9% possession of the second half that allowed 15 total shots and an 89.0% passing accuracy. Miami FC dominated the first half with 57.2% possession and an 85.0% passing accuracy. 

 

The Toros return to H-E-B Park on Saturday, June 12 as they host Real Monarchs SLC. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. CST. To see more matchday information, visit www.rgvfc.com.

 

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Rio Grande Valley FC (4-1-1; 13 pts.) 4-2 The Miami FC (3-3-0; 9 pts.)

USL Championship 2021 Season – Match 6

Sunday, June 6, 2021 – FIU Soccer Stadium – Miami, FL

 

SCORING SUMMARY

TEAM

1H

2H

FT

Rio Grande Valley FC

0

4

4

The Miami FC

2

0

2

 

 

MIA: Pierre Da Silva 15’ 

MIA: RGV own goal 19’

RGVFC: Elvis Amoh 51’ (assist by James Murphy)

RGVFC: Elvis Amoh 66’ (assist by Alexis Cerritos)

RGVFC: MIA own goal 69’ 

RGVFC: Elvis Amoh 90+6’ (assist by Baboucarr Njie)

 

  

LINEUPS & STATISTICS

 

RGV FC: Tyler Deric, Adrian Diz Pe, Carter Manley, Louis Ramsay (Camden Riley 72’), James Murphy, Adrian Vera, Rodrigo Lopez, Alexis Cerritos (Wan Kuzain 72’), Juan Carlos Azocar (John Sanchez 7’; Vicente Sanchez 83’), Elvis Amoh, Christian Sorto (Baboucarr Njie 83’). 

 

Unused substitutes: Colin Miller, Diego Rocha. 

 

Total Shots: 15 Shots on Goal: 6 Fouls Committed: 10 Offside: 3 Corner Kicks: 9 Saves: 2

 

MIA: Connor Sparrow, Paco Craig, Sean McFarlane, Callum Chapman-Page, Bah Othello, Ariel Martinez (Robert Kcira 60’), Boluwatife Akinyode, Junior Palacios (Lamar Walker 82’), Pierre Da Silva (Jahshaun Anglin 72’), Adonijah Reid (Janos Loebe 60’), Christiano Francois (Richard Ballard 72’).     

 

Unused substitutes:  Brian Sylvestre, Luca Antonelli. 

 

Total Shots: 8 Shots on Goal: 3 Fouls Committed: 14 Offside:01 Corner Kicks: 5 Saves: 3

 

DISCIPLINE

MIA: Akinyode 56’ RC (violent conduct)

MIA: Da Silva 69’ YC 

RGVFC: Murphy 80’ YC

MIA: Palacios 82’ YC

MIA: Sparrow 90+’ YC (dissent)

MIA: Chapman 90+’ YC

 

OFFICIALS

 

Referee:                                    Jeremy Scheer

Assistant Referee 1:               Diego Lucio

Assistant Referee 2:               Juan Pablo Casas  

Fourth Official:                        Amiel Aleman 

 

 

#  PARA EL VALLE #

 

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