PRO Explains odd Refereeing Decision in Houston Dynamo Match

The Professional Referees Organization (PRO) has issued a statement following a bizarre drop ball in the Houston Dynamo v Real Salt Lake match on Saturday. On Wednesday PRO clarified the situation explaining the actual laws for the drop ball.

In the 92nd minute, a deflated ball saw referee Silviu Petrescu call for a new ball, and thus call a drop ball. He ordered Andrew Wenger to take the dropped ball and send it to the goalkeeper, and Wenger proceeds to kick the ball out of play for a Real Salt Lake throw-in. Petrescu ordered a second dropped ball, this time demanding Collen Warner take it, he played it to Eric Alexander who kicked the ball out, which saw Petrescu give Alexander a yellow card.

PRO has stated that Petrescu’s decision making went against the laws of the game, specifically law eight, ”the start and restart of play”. That law states that “the referee cannot decide who may or may not take part in a dropped ball.”

That is not an uncommon mistake made by referees globally, it was seen at Toyota Field in a USL match this year. But the second part of Petrescu’s error is what really made this such a big issue, a referee cannot determine how a player can play the ball once it has touched the ground, with the yellow card issued adding to the referee’s error.

All up the whole incident added 1:12 to the match, according to PRO, but had the procedure have been followed correctly, the whole process would have taken five seconds. While the decision had no effect on the match the yellow card has not been reversed despite PRO admitting the error.

San Antonio FC Playoff Math

San Antonio FC face the biggest match in club history on Saturday night as they travel down to Edinburg to take on Rio Grande Valley FC. With the club still in with a shot of the playoffs there are many permutations that could decide the clubs fate based on the results, it is not as complicated as things may seem.

Should San Antonio FC win:

This is the easiest situation, as San Antonio FC will advance to the playoffs with a win, regardless of what happens in any other matches. This would relegate RGVFC to third place, meaning the two could not play each other in the first round of the playoffs.

Should San Antonio FC draw:

This would require both Portland Timbers 2 and Orange County Blues to not win while Real Monarchs would have to win to advance. They would then play either Colorado Springs or Sacramento next week.

Should San Antonio FC lose:

The only way San Antonio FC advance is if both Portland Timbers 2 and Orange County Blues lose and Real Monarchs fail to win. That would set up a match against Colorado Springs in Colorado next week.

No 3 Trinity Stay Perfect After Defeating Mary Hardin-Baylor

Colleen Markey sends a ball down field (Photo: Trinity University Athletics)

Trinity University continued their perfect start on Tuesday night as the number three side managed a comfortable win over Mary Hardin-Baylor at Belton. The Tigers left conference play for one day as they took on a non-conference side and managed a big 3-1 win to stay perfect.

Coleen Markey continued her strong performances for the Tigers as she scored the opening goal after 19 minutes of play. After controlling the ball for much of the early stages, Markey was given too much space, allowing her to finish the opportunity.

After conceding Mary Hardin-Baylor started to tighten up as they looked to defend strongly against the Tigers. That saw Trinity have to look to control possession and force Mary Hardin-Baylor out to create the space for goals.

But Trinity did eventually break through, getting past the Mary Hardin-Baylor defense in the final five minutes of the half. Tierney Thomison and Halleanne Dure linked up well, allowing Dure the space to score the second goal of the match.

Nine minutes in to the second half Mary Hardin-Baylor set up a dramatic half of soccer as they were able to pull a goal back. Kathryn Parker was given too much space, allowing her to bury the chance to make it 2-1 and excite the home fans.

But Trinity quickly took possession back, going for the match try and take it away from the hosts in the final half-hour of the match. And eventually the Tigers were able to pull the match back, scoring in the 71st minute as Yasmeen Farra was able to set up Hannah Booher who also continued her good season as she managed to score another goal, setting up the final score of 3-1.

No 1 Trinity use big Second Half to Destroy Schreiner

Callum Squires scores his goal (Photo: Trinity University Athletics)

Trinity University celebrated going to number one in the country as they demolished Schreiner in Tuesday’s men’s soccer match at Paul McGinlay Soccer Field. A strong second half pushed Trinity past the Mountaineers who were defending strongly but fell away as the match wore on.

In the afternoon Trinity was awarded the number one ranking by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) in the afternoon. That boosted the side, with head coach Paul McGinlay proudly speaking of his team’s record before the match, going well over a decade with earning the top spot at least once each season.

Schreiner has had a bad start to their 2016 season as they have only won one match, coming in overtime, which lead to fears of a heavily one-sided match. But the Mountaineers came out well, determined to keep Trinity off the score sheet and they had a number of good opportunities early.

But the Tigers eventually broke through, scoring in the 39th minute as Trinity finally started to dominate the match. A through ball from Trinity defender Zac Treu went the distance, getting through several Schreiner defenders, finding Tigers forward Ryan Hunter who rounded the keeper and then easily scored the opener, just 27 seconds after coming on as a substitute a new record at Paul McGinlay Field.

That would be all the scoring for the first half, and the break helped Schreiner refresh and they again came out defensively. But this time the Tigers were able to break through sooner as Daylon Gordon scored a rare goal after Austin Michaelis found Brent Mandlekorn to square it for Gordon.

It didn’t take long for Trinity to make it three as Michaelis was able to cut the ball back for All-American midfielder Christian Sakshaug. With a smart turn, Sakshaug was able to then create space to set up defender Laurence Wyke who easily scored across the face.

With a three goal lead, Trinity was able to go to the bench and make changes, and in the 83rd minute forward Callum Squires came on. Having seen his substitute goal record broken, he scored 24 seconds after coming on, scoring with a header after being left wide open to bury the chance and reclaim his record.

Squires continued to impress, and in the 90th minute he was able to add an assist to his goal as he was given space. That allowed Squires to square for Ali Medjaouri who easily buried the chance to seal the five goal win.

OLLU Downs Mountaineers

Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) women has continued their good form as they managed their sixth straight shutout win on Sunday. The Saints managed a 2-0 win easily against NCAA Division III side Schreiner University in Kerrville.

It didn’t take long for the Saints to get control of the match as they went on the attack from the opening whistle. Jackie Lambarida was a main target for OLLU as she was leading the shot count in the early stages but her finishing was wayward.

The wasteful finishing was looking like staying the story of the half as the Saints were unable to break down the Mountaineers. But in the 39th minute the Saints finally broke through when Erica Robertson found the back of the net, sending OLLU in to the half ahead.

Things followed much the same trend in the second half as OLLU controlled the chances throughout the second half. Despite that Schreiner had the best chance in the 67th minute as Victoria Favela got space to get a shot away and beat the keeper with her shot but could only find the crossbar.

But OLLU eventually got through for the goal to seal their win as Victoria Castro was able to get the ball in to the back of the net. That required Schreiner to go for the match and they went to the bench looking to bring on attacking players.

Despite those attacking change, the Saints were still dominant as they kept on attacking and kept hunting for goals. That gave OLLU an easy 2-0 victory that could well have been bigger had they have been more clinical with their finishing.

Roadrunners out play Houston but Still Lose

UTSA’s season has continued to see the Roadrunners lose matches they probably should have won as they fell to Houston on Sunday night. The Cougars managed a 2-0 win, despite their clear disadvantage in the shot count and pleased their fans at the Carl Lewis Complex.

This was the final non-conference game from the Roadrunners as they rounded out their pre-season slate 4-5. The Roadrunners dominated the shot count 17-4 as they controlled the match but the one statistic that matters was won by Houston.

Houston started well, getting away a shot early but from there on in the first half it was all UTSA, as the Cougars were unable to get a shot away beyond the first four minutes. The Roadrunners managed eight shots throughout the first half but they were unable to get the ball in to the back of the net.

In the 39th minute UTSA was just inches away from scoring the opening goal when their forward Olivia Nicholls got a shot away. Nicholls effort beat the keeper but it could only bounce back off the crossbar, letting the Cougars off and sending the teams in to the break scoreless.

After that let off Houston opened the scoring in the sixth minute of the second half after Margo McEntire was able to set up Vanessa Almaguer. It was just their second opportunity of the match and Almaguer was able to bury that opportunity.

It took just one minute for Houston to double their lead after they quickly regathered possession from the Roadrunners. It would be a top class finish from Desiree Bowen who was able to chip the keeper past UTSA to double the Cougars lead.

That then allowed the Cougars to sit back and allow the Roadrunners to run at them, with UTSA having nine shots in the rest of the half. The Houston defense was strong throughout the remainder of the second half easily stopping UTSA, to seal the match 2-0.

Kealia Ohai Steals the Stage on Carli Lloyd Return

Photo: Houston Dash

All the attention may well have been on Carli Lloyd’s return to Houston Dash but it was Kealia Ohai who stole the show in a rare road win for the Dash. Ohai scored a brace as Houston Dash defeated Boston Breakers 3-1 at Jordan Field on Wednesday night.

It didn’t take long for Ohai and Lloyd to get things going for the Dash as they opened the scoring in just the third minute. Lloyd was able to gather possession, and send the ball to the far post where Ohai was left wide open to run on the goal and slot it past the keeper.

It could have been two for Houston Dash in the 14th minute as defender Becca Moros ran at the goal and got in to the box before shooting. That shot beat the keeper but Boston defender Brooke Elby got back on the line and cleared the ball to deny Moros.

Houston Dash was able to keep control of the match and in the 33rd minute they were able to score a second goal. Lloyd sent the ball for Dash forward Rachel Daly on midfield, allowing her to release Ohai, who shot from the edge of the box, past the keeper for the half-time 2-0 lead.

Two minutes in to the second half Boston could have pulled a goal back in to the match after a good pass from Boston midfielder Kristie Mewis. Mewis found forward Brittany Ratcliffe, who shot to the near post which was well saved by Australian goalkeeper Lydia Williams.

Dash responded to that chance, and should have made it three in the 52nd minute when Ohai was cruelly denied a hat-trick by the far post. The rebound fell to Dash midfielder Denise O’Sullivan who saw her effort quickly blocked by the Boston defense.

But in the 62nd minute the third goal of the match did come and it was to the woman most of the fans had come to see. Lloyd looked up and spotted the keeper off her line, allowing her to hit a powerful shot past the keeper to seal Houston’s win.

Williams was denied her clean sheet in the first minute of stoppage time with her international team-mate a part of the play. Breakers forward Kyah Simon sent the ball in for Natasha Dowie, who beat Williams with a good shot, costing her a clean sheet and creating the final score of 3-1.

San Antonio FC back out of Playoff Places Following Swope Park Rangers loss

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Photo: San Antonio FC/USL

San Antonio FC dropped back out of the playoff players after losing to Swope Park Rangers in heartbreaking fashion on Wednesday night. A stoppage time penalty sent Rangers past San Antonio, dropping them to ninth, but San Antonio FC are level on points with Orange County and have a game on hand on the Californian team.

For a full report please read Chris’ report at the Rivard Report.