FORT WORTH _ History.
The Vaqueros made club history on Saturday with a 5-0 playoff victory against Brownsville, which marked the first post-season win in team history.
“The boys brought a committed effort from the back to the front and their efforts were rewarded with the victory,” Vaqueros coach Nick Stavrou said. “Every man in that locker room was thrilled to earn that first playoff victory for everyone associated with the club from the players to the supporters, the front office and of course Panther City Hellfire.”
The Vaqueros missed the playoffs the first three seasons. However, last summer in Stavrou’s first season, Fort Worth reached the post-season for the first time before falling in the first round.
On Saturday, the club claimed a convincing victory at Farrington Field with the shutout plus five goals.
Fort Worth’s Kalle Sone and Jamie Lovegrove each bagged a pair of goals in the victory. Equally as important, the Vaqueros backline secured the clean sheet behind a committed defensive effort.
Lovegrove opened the scoring in the 4th minute and Kalle added the second in the 28th minute. Lovegrove picked up the brace with one of his signature dead ball goals to add a third before the half.
Winger Jesse Miralrio joined the scoring with the fourth after the break. Kalle picked up his second goal with the late strike to finish the scoring.
The Vaqueros (7-2-2) head south on Wednesday for the conference semifinals at 8:15 p.m. against undefeated Laredo (10-0). The Vaqueros fell to the Heat last week with a 1-0 road loss in Laredo this past Wednesday.