Super Swirl Summary: Lights FC 1, RGVFC 0

Last night, Lights FC extended their home winning streak to four matches.

It was a battle of contrasting styles last night at Cashman Field between Las Vegas Lights FC and RGVFC Toros. The visitors wanted to possess the ball and build slowly from the back. As we know, the hosts prefer the opposite. Their attack is predicated on long balls forward to their wings or Sammy Ochoa. Last night, it was the latter that came away with the lone goal.

Early on, Lights FC did well to prevent the Toros from getting comfortable in their pass-heavy system. They pressed the ball, took away their space, and were not afraid to get physical. Each side had a few promising moments in the attack early on, but most of those were whistled offside.

From the last moments of the first half on, this match became the Ricardo Ferrino Show. The Lights eccentric goalkeeper made seven saves on the night, none bigger than the one in first-half stoppage time. Toros captain Todd Wharton delivered a perfect ball to the back post from a free kick and Wilmer Cabrera Jr. dove to head the ball in at point blank range, but Ferrino was able to deflect the shot over his goal.

In the second half, he would step up to also deny Jesus “Chuy” Enriquez from close range and Carlos Small’s bending strike. With the match reaching the final ten minutes, it would be the Lights captain that found the winner. In the 82nd minute, the Lights played a corner short and ball into the area found Joel Huiqui at the far post and the 35-year-old veteran headed home his fourth goal of the season.

The Toros would try to equalize, but they couldn’t find a goal on a scorching hot night in Las Vegas. The Lights will travel to play Saint Louis FC next Saturday.


Photo courtesy of L.E. Baskow/Lights FC

Carson A Merk

Reporting live from Sin City, I have covered both RGVFC and Las Vegas Lights FC since their inceptions. I also write profiles to highlight players from the NCAA to USL to NWSL and everywhere in between.