Las Vegas Lights FC got a late winner in a 1-0 victory against Rio Grande Valley FC before a crowd of 6,752 fans at Cashman Field on Saturday night.
Las Vegas almost struck in the third minute as a floated cross from the left found Omar Salgado at the back post for a volleyed finish back across goal that went just wide of the left post. The Toros also threatened late in the first half as a deep free kick by Todd Wharton found Wilmer Cabrera Jr. at the back post for a header that was turned away by Lights FC goalkeeper Ricardo Ferriño, while early in the second half Pablo Aguilar forced another save by Ferriño on a free kick curled toward the top-right corner.
RGVFCs was again denied by Ferriño in the 64th minute as a first-time finish by Matias Zaldivar was kept out, while Jesus Enriquez was kept from opening the scoring for the visitors as Ferriño did enough to keep out his close-range chance. Those saves proved crucial with eight minutes to go when Joel Huiqui scored with a back-post header from a corner kick by Omar Salgado to put Lights FC ahead, and that stood as the winner as the Toros’ were unable to find a late equalizer.