DENTON, TX _ Vaqueros goalkeeper Ammon Borjas made the biggest save of his career with Fort Worth on Thursday in the 8th round of penalty kicks to secure a Vaqueros victory in the first round of the playoffs.
After a 1-1 draw in regulation and 30 minutes of overtime, the Vaqueros-Diablos match went to tie-breaking penalty kicks.
Fort Worth defender Rio Ramirez stepped to the spot to begin the 8th round after both sides scored four apiece. Ramirez converted his penalty to give Fort Worth the 5-4 margin.
Borjas then secured the victory with a diving save to his left and then was mobbed by his teammates.
“I felt that the win was a complete team effort,” Borjas said. “Those men out there made the whole game manageable.”
As for making the game-winning save Borjas added, “I felt grateful to my team, my coach and God who made it so that I could be there with my friends and family.”
Denton took the early lead in the match in the 8th minute as they have done so often in this, their inaugural season.
The Vaqueros fought back and finally knotted things up on a beautiful combination capped off by forward Kalle Sone in the 54th minute. Fort Worth created chances throughout the match, including a pair of shots off the frame.
The Vaqueros head west at 7:15 p.m. Saturday to face the Midland-Odessa Sockers in the next round of the playoffs at Midland’s Grande Communications Stadium.