9.26 NTX

Raleigh, NC (Sept. 26, 2021) - North Texas SC earns a 1-0 victory over North Carolina FC thanks to a goal from Nicky Hernandez at WakeMed Soccer Park Sunday afternoon.

Game Summary

First Half:

  • 13’ SHOT (NTX) – Freddy Vargas hit a first-time shot from the edge of the box that was saved by North Carolina’s Nicholas Holliday.
  • 16’ SHOT (NTX – Nicky Hernandez met Collin Smith’s cross but his header struck the crossbar. 
  • 40’ SHOT (NC) – North Carolina’s Max Flick saw his near-post shot saved by Richard Sanchez. 
  • 40’ GOAL (NTX – Nicky Hernandez opened the scoring with an audacious curling effort from outside the box that nestled in the top corner of Holliday’s goal. 

Second Half:

  • 54’ SHOT (NC) – Richard Sanchez made an acrobatic save to deny Aziel Jackson from leveling the game from close range. 
  • 65’ SHOT (NTX) – Nicky Hernandez nearly scored his second goal of the match but his low shot was saved on the goal line. 
  • 79’ SHOT (NC) – Robert Kristo attempted a shot from inside the box but Derek Waldeck was able to make the block.
  • 87’ SHOT (NTX) – Imanol Almaguer tried a shot from distance but it sailed high over the bar.

Lineups: 

North Texas SC — Richard Sánchez, Caiser Gomes, Derek Waldeck (Hope Avayevu 94’), Lucão (Mark Salas - 85’), Collin Smith, Jorge Almaguer, Dominick Hernandez, Blaine Ferri (Michael Maldonado85’), Kazu (Devin Benton 85’), Freddy Vargas, Kalil ElMedkhar (Gibran Rayo - 67’)

Substitutes not used — Colin Shutler, Bernard Kamungo 

North Carolina FC — Nicholas Holliday, Britton Fischer, Shermaine Martina (Malick Mbaye - 72’), Nelson Blanco Flores, Max Flick, Nelson Martinez (Thorn Simpson - 91’), Joshua Coan, Robert Frame (Selmir Miscic 76’), Luis Arriaga, Daniel Steedman (Jay Tee Kamara - 77’), Aziel Jackson (Robert Kristo - 77’)

Substitutes not used — Peter Pearso, Jake McGuire

Scoring Summary:
NTX:
Nicky Hernandez – 41’

Misconduct Summary:
NC:
Shermaine Martina (Caution) — 2’*
NC:
* Nelson Maetinez (Caution) — 45’*
NTX:
* Freddy Vargas (Caution) — 90+10’*
NC:
* Josh Coen (Caution) — 90+11’

Weather: Partly Cloudy, 82℉

Referee: Alejo Calume

Assistant Referees: Jordan Davis, Andrew Charron 

4th Official: Emma Richards