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Fresno FC goes bold late against Austin FC in 1-0 thriller; moves into second place

Fresno FC forward Qudus Lawal shuns his jersey after his game-winning header in the 86th minute of a 1-0 victory over Austin Bold FC at Chukchansi Park.
Fresno FC forward Qudus Lawal shuns his jersey after his game-winning header in the 86th minute of a 1-0 victory over Austin Bold FC at Chukchansi Park. jesparza@vidaenelvalle.com

With a flick of the head in the 86th minute of play, Fresno FC walked off the Chukchansi Park field as the second-place team in the USL Championship Western Division.

It wasn’t an easy battle against Austin Bold FC, however.

Both teams miss-fired on numerous scoring opportunities, but none so much as the Foxes on a perfect evening for soccer.

Forward Qudus Lawal flicked a pass into the far post in the fading minutes of play for the winner. The goal was the fourth in three matches for Lawal.

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Fresno FC forward Qudus Lawal poses for a selfie with fans following a 1-0 win over Austin Bold FC at Chukchansi Park. JUAN ESPARZA LOERA jesparza@vidaenelvalle.com

He then proceeded to take off his jersey and race toward the sidelines to celebrate with teammates.

The win improved Fresno FC’s record to 5-4-1 (19 points), second only to New México United (5-6-1, 21 points).

Austin drops to eighth-place (4-3-4, 15 points). There are six points separating the top eight teams.

Fresno FC has won three of its last four matches, including a U.S. Open Cup meeting against El Farolito. It has outscored its opponent, 8-3, during that stretch.

The Foxes go on the road Sunday (May 26) for a USL match against Tacoma Defiance, then head to Colorado Springs for a June 1 match before returning for a June 8 home match against OKC Energy FC.

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