FORT WORTH _ A goal was coming.
Vaqueros fans could feel it.
The supporters could sense it.
The crowd could smell it even.
Finally, in the 88th minute new Vaqueros attacker Jamie Lovegrove delivered the ball to Nick Rochowski for the game-winner in the 2017 season opening, 1-0 victory against Tyler FC.
Lovegrove joined the squad this season after new boss Nick Stavrou took the reigns.
“Fresh off a stint with FC Dallas, Jamie Lovegrove can provide us with an offensive punch,” Stavrou said. “He can create on the dribble and the pass and is lethal around the goal.”
Lovegrove, a native of Crawley England, shares a common history with Stavrou and the indoor soccer legends Dallas Sidekicks. He earned All-American honors at Richland Junior College then joined the Sidekicks in 2012.
He shared the indoor turf with another new Vaqueros player, Mike Jones.
“He loves his team like a band of brothers,” Jones said of Lovegrove. “He possesses an amazing passion for the game. He has your back and is ride or die.”
The Vaqueros faithful, Panther City Hellfire were quick to warm to Lovegrove as soon as the supporters group encountered him on Saturday. A serenade of Happy Birthday rose from the always fine-voiced Hellfire lauded him during Saturday’s match that happened to fall upon his 27th birthday.
After only a few months with the Boys in Blue, Lovegrove demonstrates a genuine commitment to the Vaqueros family according to Fort Worth general manager Tobias Xavier Lopez.
“Jamie possesses an infectious personality and after just a brief time with the club displays an authentic commitment to the colors,” Lopez said. “Much like the way Hellfire warmed to Joseph Cervantes, I expect all the Vaqueros family will embrace Jamie’s ability to impact a game and his joy for life.”