Despite losing two key players to injury just before kickoff, the Austin Aztex overcame the PDL’s El Paso Patriots 2-0 in their Second Round US Open Cup contest.
The El Paso Patriots secured a Second Round spot in the US Open Cup tournament after clinching a 2-1 victory over the Arizona Sahuaros Tuesday night at Patriot Stadium.
Midfielder Rodrigo Morin opened the scoring in the 27th minute to give the Patriots a lead they would not relinquish, while Gerardo Moreira added another in the 59th minute after sending an Antonio Berrera pass into the back of the net.
It took 74 minutes, but the Charleston Battery finally found the goal that would deny the El Paso Patriots another USL-1 scalp, beating the PDL side 1-0.
The Battery pressured El Paso all night, but the Patriots managed to survive most of the match with a clean sheet. In the first half, a header from Tim Karalexis found the post instead of the net. Mike Richardson also also found the woodwork with a shot from a Stephen Armstrong cross.