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Vaqueros claim "Horns" after 0-0 draw

By Will Konig, 06/18/17, 7:30AM CDT

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FORT WORTH _ The ‘Horns are back in Texas.

The Vaqueros claimed “The Horns” rivalry trophy against the Shreveport Rafters after a 0-0 draw at home on Saturday.

Fort Worth (4-2-1, 13 points) and Shreveport (1-1-4, 4 points) compete annually for a pair of longhorn cattle horns as part of the Texas Trail Classic rivalry series that Shreveport won in 2016. The match served a second purpose as an NPSL Texas Conference matchup.

The Vaqueros defeated Shreveport away (2-1) combined with the draw at home earned the Vaqueros the trophy based on aggregate scoring.

The Vaqueros dominated the first half of possession and were in full control of the game but were unable to score.

 The second half proved different for both teams, as either side didn’t have many scoring opportunities and after 90 minutes it ended in the tie.

“You always want to win and I thought we created enough chances,” Vaqueros coach Nick Stavrou said. “Unfortunately it just didn’t end up in the back of the net.”

Declan O’Shea and Vcmore Eligwe both suffered injuries and having used all its subs the Vaqueros played with only 10 men at the end of the second half.

O’Shea went down in the first half with what is believed to be a wrist fracture.

Eligwe was also injured in the second half with a hip flexor injury.

This draw earned the Vaqueros 13 points in the table good enough for a tie for second place.

The next game will be on the road against Tyler FC who currently sits at the bottom of the table with two points.