With RGVFC fading further from a playoff spot by the week, a matchup vs. a club below them could be just what the doctor ordered.
Returning home from a loss in Las Vegas, RGVFC suffered another defeat, this time vs. Reno 1868 FC at H-E-B Park. Andres Arcila scored the lone goal for the Toros and Thomas Janjigian and Aidan Apodaca tallied for the visitors. Next up, the Toros travel to Colorado to take on Switchbacks FC.
RGVFC Toros (6-11-5)
Saturday’s loss was a tough one for the Toros. Playing at home, they fired 21 shots and held a narrow lead in possession. But, they came up short again. They were done in by a corner kick and a hellacious counter-attack after they nearly scored themselves.
While the results aren’t there, positives continue to emerge from this season. Isidro Martinez continues to be an impact player and Andres Arcila announced himself with a great goal. I’ve heard about his skill in practice, but to see him display it in a match was great for the youngster. It was also nice to see Michael Salazar back in the Valley, but with limited opportunities for Houston, he was a little rusty and couldn’t convert on his four shots.
Andres Arcila: What a first goal for the Colombian! He dazzled with his dribbling and looked good in his second start. Arcila scored the lone goal for RGVFC and added two chances created.
Eric Bird: A frequent loanee recently, Bird finished with five shots, registered a tackle, and blocked three Reno shots.
Jesus “Chuy” Enriquez: While he still hasn’t broken out of his goal/assist drought, Chuy did just about everything else on Saturday. He connected on 91% of his passes, drew two fouls, and created three chances.
This Week’s Quote-A-Bull: Robert Coronado
On the excitement of Arcila scoring his first goal:
It was great seeing Andres score his first goal of the season, especially because he is the type of player to score class goals like that! We were actually talking in the locker room before the match about celebrating together if he scored. He’s been working really hard and deserved it.”
Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC (6-14-2)
Following back-to-back wins, Switchbacks FC have lost two straight. Both losses came on the road. When the clubs met earlier this season at home, RGVFC buried Colorado Springs 3-0 at H-E-B Park.
Tied for the league’s lowest-scoring side, Switchbacks FC don’t boast a player with more than five goals. Their leading scorer is Jordan Burt, a central midfielder. The club has struggled to get any production from their strikers. This should be a match where the Toros can push the action and take chances with the overall lack of danger going the other direction.
RGVFC at Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC
7 PM Central at Weidner Field