Rivalry Match by Alexis Osorio c/o 13

This past Tuesday, your fellow Buffs faced our hated rivals, the Austin Mustangs. The game was flared with emotion and exciting plays just as any rival match is characterized with.

The first half went under way and at first, both teams were just trying to feel out their opponent to see what kind of game it was going to be. That process took up approximately the first 20 minutes of the game, which made it a pretty boring game to watch at first. The first dangerous play came from the Mustangs when one of their forwards sprang loose on a failed offside trap which was saved by an amazing stop by goalkeeper and captain Uriel Contreras. After that, it was a more even play by both teams which lead to even possession and a bit of desperation from the players. It was a typical rival match because neither team wanted to make a mistake that could give up the lead. Therefore, both teams were playing it relatively safe. At the half, the score was tied 0-0.

At halftime, Coach Doherty told the team to keep their cool and keep playing as they were and the opportunities would come on their own. Those words were proven accurate because just as the second half began, it brought much more excitement for the Buffs.

There were many more chances created but just as the last game, there was a bit of a problem when it came to finishing the play. The buffs were clearly dominating the game and it was only a matter of time before the game’s first goal became a reality. With about twelve minutes left the game, it was forward Maynor Gutiérrez once again with the late game heroics scoring off a deflected shot inside the box. After the goal, the Buffs remained aggressive but kept in mind to defend their small lead. There was no real danger from the Mustangs the whole second half and the ref finally blew the final whistle.

It’s always a great win when you beat your rival and that’s exactly what the Buffaloes did, they sent those Ponies home crying. Don’t forget to go out and support the boys and girls Friday when they face Reagan in the third match of the season.

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