Lance Laing scored the game-winner in his first start for San Antonio FC as the visitors claimed a 3-1 victory against Rio Grande Valley FC at H-E-B Park in the USL Game of the Week on Wednesday night.
The Toros struck in just the third minute as Jesus Enriquez capitalized on a clever piece of build-up to cut into the top of the penalty area and finish low into the right corner. The hosts almost doubled their lead in the 22nd minute as a counterattack led by Carlos Small down the left found Pablo Aguilar with a chance to shoot, but SAFC defender Cyprian Hedrick did enough to deflect the shot over the crossbar.
San Antonio almost leveled just before halftime when Conor Presley’s alert volley was turned just wide of the left post by RGVFC goalkeeper Nico Corti, and the Toros’ shot-stopper made another good save in stoppage time off a flicked header by Darnell King from a corner kick. SAFC struck four minutes into the second half, however, as Presley tucked home a finish from a good cutback by Laing into the left corner of the net.
The Toros almost regained the lead in the 57th minute when Wilmer Cabrera flashed a shot just wide of the left post from the edge of the penalty area, but SAFC went ahead five minutes later as Laing added his first goal for the club to his assist with a delicate chipped finish from the right side of the penalty area that looped just under the crossbar. San Antonio then sealed all three points with nine minutes to go when Ever Guzman scored on a clever lifted finish on the counterattack that caught Corti in no-man’s land after a long ball over the top by Sonny Guadarrama that played Guzman in behind the Toros defense.