May 23, 2015
LONG WINDING ROAD
After delay, Vaqueros fall 2-1
JOPLIN, MO _ The weather, the road and a slow start proved too much for the Fort Worth Vaqueros to overcome on Saturday in a 2-1 loss to the Joplin Demize.
The Vaqueros (0-1-2, 2 points) made their longest road trip of the year with the 375-mile trek to Joplin, Missouri and Fort Worth still had to wait.
The match was delayed 15 minutes prior to kickoff due to standing water on the field. The game was then delayed late in the first half due to lightning in the 34th minute as the messy field played its part in slowing the match.
Once the contest started, Joplin proved ready to play with a 2nd minute goal from Thalles Silva. Joplin broke loose on a 1 on 1 breakaway to open the scoring.
The Demize (2-0, 6 points) added to the lead in the 29th minute when a deflected shot found the net.
Fort Worth picked up a goal in the 32nd minute when outside defender Austin Stewart got up the line. Vaqueros winger Corwin Carbonell finished Stewart’s cross for his second goal of the year.
“We started slow,” Vaqueros coach Mark Snell said. “We got back into the game in the middle of the first half. We controlled the second half but the slow start killed us.”
Fort Worth centerback Jacob Speed missed his first match of the year after picking up a foot injury this week during training.
Vaqueros goalkeeper Arturo Sanchez added, “We played our best in unplayable weather. They scored off of our mistakes but we controlled the game. We played well but once they went up by two they could sit on the result.”