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Toros earn point at home against in-state rival

By Bryan Ramos

R

io Grande Valley FC and in-state rival San Antonio FC played to a 0-0 draw at H-E-B Park on Saturday night in the year’s first South Texas Derby of the season.

The Toros opened the game brightly, and Aldo Quintanilla forced a good save from SAFC’s Diego Restrepo in the sixth minute with a shot from just inside the penalty area. Jesus Enriquez also went close early for the hosts as Restrepo went at full-stretch to turn wide his curling shot toward the right corner, and Nicolas Perea had back-to-back chances from distance that saw Restrepo save the first and the second flash just wide.

Toros midfielder Todd Wharton also almost caught out Restrepo with a floated free kick from long range that the SAFC goalkeeper had to tip over the crossbar. SAFC’s Darnell King had a chance for the visitors in first-half stoppage time as Sonny Guadarrama played a clever lifted through back, but the defender was unable to make clean contact. Both SAFC’s Greg Cochrane and Wharton just missed the target with long-range shots for their respective sides in the second half as the game remained scoreless, and that would be the way it ended as neither was able to break the deadlock.

The draw brings the Toros season record to 1-3-5 with 8 points, good enough for 13th place in the Western Conference.

Check out the highlights of last night’s South Texas Derby below courtesy of the United Soccer League.

RGV FC’s next match is slated for Saturday, May 19 at H-E-B Park as the Toros host the Swope Park Rangers at 7:30 p.m.

The Toros and San Antonio FC will clash in the year’s second South Texas Derby later this summer at 7 p.m. on Aug. 29 at H-E-B Park.

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