SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador -- Substitute Carlos Small scored two second-half goals to lift Arabe Unido to a 2-0 win over host Aguila in the first leg of their Scotiabank CONCACAF League (SCL) quarterfinal series at the Estadio Cuscatlan on Wednesday night.
Only 23 seconds after he replaced Renan Addles at halftime, Small tallied to give the Panamanian side a vital away goal. He drilled a shot from the top of the box that goalkeeper Benji Villalobos couldn’t control as it eventually trickled into the lower right corner of the net.
The 22-year-old forward struck again in the 82nd minute. Rigoberto Nino delivered a cross from the right that Small chested down before beating his marker, Yair Ibarguen, and depositing the ball into the net from seven-yards out.
Small now tops the SCL scoring chart with four goals in three games.
Arabe goalkeeper Miguel Lloyd was superb. He denied Odir Flores on three free kicks, parrying away an attempt in the 15th minute, handling a 40-yard bouncing attempt in the 30th minute and catching another effort in the 72nd minute. The Dominican Republic international also gathered in Victor Garcia's backheel try in the 31st minute and flicked away Javier Lezcano's shot six minutes later.
Villalobos thwarted Enrico Small in the 29th minute – with a sliding save -- and in the 44th minute. Those sandwiched a diving denial of Nelson Barahona in the 40th minute.
The sides will meet in the second leg on August 23 at the Estadio Rommel Fernandez in Panama City, Panama.