USL Game Report
Saturday, August 22, 2015
AUSTIN, Texas - The Austin Aztex (8-12-3, 27pts) stood tall and needed a lone goal from Kris Tyrpak to defeat Orange County Blues FC by a score of 1-0 on Saturday night at Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex.
A second-half goal from Tyrpak would be the difference in the game, with Austin taking the win in a physical matchup.
Both teams came out of the gates with energy, but opened the game with a run of sloppy possessions. The slow start would transition into a scrappy remainder of the period, with a total of 20 fouls called in the half, 10 for each team, and three yellow cards issued to Austin. The first 45 minutes were evenly matched, with neither team able to gain a clear advantage of possession and both defenses able to hold strong.
Physical play continued into the second half. The Aztex finally netted the game’s first goal in the 70th minute. Romain Gall sent a low cross in off a corner kick, resulting in a ruck in front of the net. Tyrpak attempted to poke in a sneaky goal, but the Orange County defense was there to clear the ball. The clearance went right to Guaraci on the left edge of the penalty area, who opted to tap it back in to an open Tyrpak in front of the net to set up the easy goal. The goal was Tyrpak’s eighth of the season, tying him for the team lead with Trevin Caesar.
The chippy play continued until the final whistle, as the game ended with a total of six yellow cards and 31 fouls called, but Austin held on for a vital three points as the Aztex looked to keep its slim playoff hopes alive.
Orange County (11-9-3, 36pts) continues to sit right on the playoff bubble in sixth position with five games left. Saturday's defeat snapped a four-game winning streak for the Blues.
The Aztex will continue their season next Saturday when they travel north to face OKC Energy FC at Taft Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. CT.