Matarrita scores, Santos de Guapiles advances to SCL semifinals
Starling Matarrita (red jersey) scored in Santos de Guapiles’ win over visiting Chorrillo FC in a Scotiabank CONCACAF League quarterfinal, second-leg encounter on August 22, 2017, in San Jose, Costa Rica. (Photo: Imagenes en Costa Rica)
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SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – Santos de Guapiles became the first team to earn a spot in the 2017 Scotiabank CONCACAF League semifinals with a 1-0 win over visiting Chorrillo FC on Tuesday night at the Estadio Nacional, capturing the series, 2-0 on aggregate.

Starling Matarrita netted the game’s only goal in the 19th minute.  The play was initiated by Osvaldo Rodriguez, who launched a superb long ball diagonally from the left side of Santos’ own end to Kenny Cunningham.  Without losing stride, the 32-year-old midfielder burst into the right side of the box and squared a pass as goalkeeper Miguel Vargas came out of the net.  Matarrita was there to volley in brilliantly with his right foot from the edge of the six-yard box.

It was a game of very few chances, but Santos goalkeeper Alejandro Gomez preserved the shutout in the 48th minute.  Chorrillo’s Luis Hurtado muscled into the right side of the box and unleashed a right-footed shot from five-yards out.  Before the ball could sneak inside the near post, Gomez got down to make the block.

Santos improved to a perfect 4W-0D-0L in the competition, while Chorrillo exits at 2-0-2, conceding only twice in four matches.

Santos de Guapiles v Chorrillo FC
Santos de Guapiles v Chorrillo FC, 22 August, 2017. (Photo: Imagenes en Costa Rica)
Santos de Guapiles v Chorrillo FC
Santos de Guapiles v Chorrillo FC, 22 August, 2017. (Photo: Imagenes en Costa Rica)
Santos de Guapiles v Chorrillo FC
Santos de Guapiles v Chorrillo FC, 22 August, 2017. (Photo: Imagenes en Costa Rica)
Santos de Guapiles v Chorrillo FC
Santos de Guapiles v Chorrillo FC, 22 August, 2017. (Photo: Imagenes en Costa Rica)
Santos de Guapiles v Chorrillo FC
Santos de Guapiles v Chorrillo FC, 22 August, 2017. (Photo: Imagenes en Costa Rica)
Santos de Guapiles v Chorrillo FC
Santos de Guapiles v Chorrillo FC, 22 August, 2017. (Photo: Imagenes en Costa Rica)
Santos de Guapiles v Chorrillo FC
Santos de Guapiles v Chorrillo FC, 22 August, 2017. (Photo: Imagenes en Costa Rica)
Santos de Guapiles v Chorrillo FC
Santos de Guapiles v Chorrillo FC, 22 August, 2017. (Photo: Imagenes en Costa Rica)
Santos de Guapiles v Chorrillo FC
Santos de Guapiles v Chorrillo FC, 22 August, 2017. (Photo: Imagenes en Costa Rica)
Santos de Guapiles v Chorrillo FC
Santos de Guapiles v Chorrillo FC, 22 August, 2017. (Photo: Imagenes en Costa Rica)
Santos de Guapiles v Chorrillo FC
Santos de Guapiles v Chorrillo FC, 22 August, 2017. (Photo: Imagenes en Costa Rica)
Santos de Guapiles v Chorrillo FC
Santos de Guapiles v Chorrillo FC, 22 August, 2017. (Photo: Imagenes en Costa Rica)
Santos de Guapiles v Chorrillo FC
Santos de Guapiles v Chorrillo FC, 22 August, 2017. (Photo: Imagenes en Costa Rica)