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Toros Rally, Take Victory against Switchbacks

By NICHOLAS MURRAY -, 08/27/16, 10:45PM EDT


Luna converts twice from penalty spot as RGVFC extends undefeated streak to nine

Photo courtesy Rio Grande Valley FC

EDINBURG, Texas – Rio Grande Valley FC took a 2-1 victory against Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC on Saturday night at Toros Park to extend their undefeated streak to nine games. Neither side had many clear chances in the early going, as the Toros’ Yair Arboleda had a shot go over the crossbar just over half-an-hour in. The game burst into life six minutes before halftime, however, as Josh Suggs opened the scoring for the Switchbacks, bringing the Toros’ shutout streak to an end at 760 minutes. RGVFC quickly hit back as Ruben Luna converted from the penalty spot after a foul by Switchbacks goalkeeper Devala Gorrick. The Toros were awarded a second penalty kick in the second half as Emilio Garcia was fouled, and Luna scored again to put the hosts ahead. The Switchbacks tried to get back into the game, but both Josh Phillips and Miguel Gonzalez were sent off after receiving two yellow cards as Colorado Springs ended with nine men.

39' – COS – Josh Suggs
42’ – RGV – Ruben Luna (PK)
64’ – RGV – Ruben Luna (PK)

Three Things That Matter:

  • 1. The Toros’ shutout streak came to an end at 760 minutes, but the side’s undefeated streak rolled on thanks to Ruben Luna’s pair of penalty kicks that saw the side rally for victory. The quick response to going behind was impressive, but even more so was the way the Toros continued to control the game and look to add to their lead after going ahead midway through the second half. Depending on what happens in Sacramento later on Saturday night, the Toros could be in the top two at the end of the weekend.

  • 2. The Switchbacks fought hard as always, but at times were just a fraction slow, and it saw their hopes of a top-four finish take a hit. Getting a home game in at least the first round of the playoffs could be key to Colorado Springs’ hopes of making a run, with the side now sitting 3-6-4 away from Switchbacks Stadium this season. The Switchbacks need to make the most of their final four games of the regular season to avoid hitting the road when the postseason arrives.

  • 3. Ruben Luna’s two goals on Saturday night both came from the penalty spot, but they continued a strong run of form for the forward who has now scored in each of the past four games, and scored five goals in that span. The Toros have seen different players step up offensively at different times this season, with Memo Rodriguez and Emilio Garcia both sitting on six goals this season, but Luna is currently taking his chance to shine. Man of the Match

Ruben Luna, Rio Grande Valley FC – Luna converted twice against standout Switchbacks goalkeeper Devala Gorrick from the penalty spot to send the side to victory and potentially second place in the Western Conference.

Upcoming Games:

Rio Grande Valley FC at Swope Park Rangers – Sept. 3, 8:30 p.m. ET, Children’s Mercy Victory Field

Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC vs. LA Galaxy II – Sept. 3, 9 p.m. ET, Switchbacks Stadium

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