The Austin Aztex stood their ground and defeated the NTX Rayados 3-0 to advance to the Second Round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup despite playing 65 minutes with a 10-man squad. With the win, the Aztex will host USL Pro team the Wilmington Hammerheads at House Park on Tuesday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m. for their Second Round matchup.

“It was a very mature performance, I have got to be happy with them,” Aztex Head Coach Paul Dalglish said.”Great credit to the players for great character. That is two games now that we have faced adversity and come out triumphant. That’s real character building and a good sign towards the future because we’re only going to get better.”

The Aztex returned to familiar grounds at House Park and to the boisterous chants of the home crowd. With a game under their belts before kickoff combined with being at home, the team played fluidly through the opening moments, involving overlapping attacking runs from defense.

The Aztex took an aggressive start against their USASA opponents. Kris Tyrpak nearly scored in the third minute after Tony Rocha sent a cross. Andres Cuero found the pass first, but laid off for Tyrpak to take the shot, but the forward’s shot violently bounced off of the crossbar. Just three minutes later, Sito Seoane was able to get in a shot opportunity, but the ball went wide.

The Aztex scored early in the first half when Cuero, a Westlake High School graduate, collected a rebound in front of goal from Sito Seoane’s shot attempt flicked the ball toward goal. NTX Rayados goalkeeper made a diving attempt to save the shot, but it was ruled that the ball had already crossed the goal line for the opening goal.

The one goal lead early in the game was fortunate as the Aztex would find themselves with a number disadvantage after Aztex defender Aaron Guillen was issues a straight red card for a foul on NTX Rayados goalkeeper Raul Herrera. Aztex Head Coach Paul Dalglish quickly adjusted for the loss of his defender by pulling midfielder Chuy Cortes out of the game for Westlake High graduate Walker Hume.

“When we got reduced to ten men, we had to adapt the way we play a little bit,” Dalglish said.

With the goal in hand, the 10-man Aztex were able to be patient defensively, causing the NTX Rayados attack to try and press to take advantage of the extra attacker, but the Rayados were frequently dispossessed.

The Aztex added to the lead in the 32nd minute when Tyrpak received a pass along the right side of the penalty area and had an opening. Tyrpak’s shot was deflected off of Rayados defender Clifford Spence, which redirected the shot to squeeze by the near post for an own goal.

With the insurance goal in hand and with a 10-man squad, the Aztex maintained possession throughout the second half. The squad was able to sit back and calmly absorb pressure from the Rayados attack and answer their rebuttal through dangerous counter attacks.  The Aztex sealed the victory with a third goal in the 85th minute when Tony Rocha reached a blocked shot for a second attempt and  muscled the follow up shot into the back of the net.

Next up for the Aztex is the USL PDL home opener versus the Houston Dutch Lions at House Park on Saturday, May 18 at 7:30 p.m. The players will have another quick turnaround before they host the second round of the U.S. Open Cup versus the Wilmington Hammerheads on Tuesday, May 21.

Box Score:

Score: Austin Aztex 3 vs. NTX Rayados 0
Date: Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Where: House Park, Austin, TX.
Attendance: 638
Weather: Clear

Austin Aztex: Josh Mikulewicz, Zack Pope, Max Gunderson, Leone Cruz, Aaron Guillen, Zachary Garcia, Tony Rocha, Sito Seoane, Chuy Cortes (Walker Hume, 26’), Kris Tyrpak (Eddy Campbell, 62’) (Jacob Powell, 79’), Andres Cuero

Subs Not Used: John Kaschak, T. Hume, J. Powell, J. Franz,

Cautions: n.a.

Ejections: Guillen (24’)

NTX Rayados: Raul Herrera, Kevin Ellis, Fernando Garza, Clifford Spence, Robert Swann (Raul Rodriguez, 66’), Flavio Guzman, Tito Salas (Alberto Rodriguez, 45’), Victor Pinal, Efren Castillo (Juan Pablo Farres, 35’) Christopher Dwyer, Reece Wilson

Subs Not Used: Gerardo Salas, Daniel Costilla, Andrew Scaglione

Cautions: Byars (25’), Dwyer (34’), Swann (36’), Pinal (42’), Guzman (80’)

Scoring Summary:

Player Assist Minute
ATX: Cuero n.a. 14′
ATX: Spence (OG) n.a. 32′
ATX: Rocha n.a. 85′