FC Dallas Held to Champions League Draw Despite Dominating

CSD Suchitepequez manage to clear the ball off the line (Photo: FC Dallas)

FC Dallas really outplayed Guatemalan side CSD Suchitepequez at Toyota Stadium on Wednesday night but they still couldn’t win. Dallas managed a whopping 27 shots but couldn’t convert any of them thanks to a stern defensive performance from the visitors.

That may be partly due to the starting line up, with a youthful squad picked to start this match including a debut to Norberto Paparatto. There was also a start for Carlos Ruiz who had not played for FC Dallas for almost nine years.

In the 36th minute FC Dallas had their first clear cut opportunity of the match as youngster Coy Craft was able to receive a ball on the right. He beat his man and the shot low to the far post but Suchitepequez goalkeeper got to the ball, pushing it wide for a corner which FC Dallas couldn’t capitalize on.

That would be all the real action of the first half as the Guatemalans were really able to shut up shop well. Dallas were easily held off by the Guatemalan Champions who managed to keep them well at bay, without a single clear chance for the rest of the half.

The hosts came out from the break determined to get back on track and get the lead and 13 minutes in to the half they started to really look dangerous. Victor Ulloa controlled the ball, sent it forward to Tesho Akindele who sent the ball to a wide open Carlos Ruiz who beat the keeper but could only find the crossbar.

After another lull, FC Dallas was able to create another chance in the 71st minute after Kellyn Acosta found Akindele. That allowed Akindele to get to the end of the cross, heading it past the keeper but also wide of the goal.

The only real chance the Guatemalans had was in the 75th minute as a blocked shot fell favorably for Amaury Escoto. That allowed Escoto to shoot, looking to the far post, but Jesse Gonzalez in the FC Dallas goal got across to the ball and sent it wide.

Four minutes from time Kalin Acosta was able to send in a powerful cross for Getterson to get a volley away. Getterson did well to get to such a fast cross, but he scooped his effort wide of goal to let the Guatemalan’s off.

In stoppage time Dallas very nearly stole the win as Timo Pitter was able to nutmeg the keeper, seeing the ball come forward. That looked for Ruiz, but a defender got back on the line and cleared the ball away to safety to salvage the point. That result now means that Dallas will have to get at least a point in Guatemala to seal their passage to the quarter-finals.

Mauro Manotas Hat-trick Sees him win MLS Player of the Week

Photo: Wilf Thorne/Houston Dynamo

Unsurprisingly Houston Dynamo forward Mauro Manotas was named Major League Soccer (MLS) Player of the Week for week 29. The award comes from the North American Soccer Reporters after Manotas scored a hat-trick against the defending MLS Champions Portland Timbers.

Manotas’ hat-trick gave the Dynamo a 3-1 win, scoring all three goals in the sixth hat-trick in Dynamo history. Manotas was the youngest ever scorer of a Dynamo hat-trick and is the youngest in this MLS season so far.

After starting the season in the United Soccer League (USL) with Rio Grande Valley Toros, Manotas was quickly recalled to the Dynamo. Since then he has forced his way in to the starting side and has become a star, shown by his last performance.

The opening goal came from the spot as Manotas buried a penalty in the 34th minute before Portland scored an equalizer. In the 73rd minute Houston restored their lead through a stunning Manotas goal which he hit from the center of the box which saw him nominated for goal of the week.

The hat-trick was wrapped up five minutes from time as he was set up by Cristian Maidana, playing him clean behind the back line. That left Maidana with a simple finish sending it past the Portland goalkeeper Jake Gleeson to wrap up the 3-1 win and push the Timbers’ season down as they struggle to defend their title.

Trinity Women Sweep Conference Player of the Week Awards

Julia Camp and Hannah Booher, SCAC Player of the Week awardees (Photo: Trinity University Athletics)

Trinity women’s phenomenal season continued this weekend, and so unsurprisingly the Tigers swept the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Week awards announced on Monday. Julia Camp won the offensive player award while Hannah Booher won the defensive player award.

Camp claimed the offensive honor after scoring six goals, along with two assists in the week’s three matches. That made Camp the team leader in goals and assists with eight goals and six assists through the season. Camp recorded four goals in the 5-0 win over Austin College to equal a team record for an individual match.

Throughout the three matches over the week Trinity only allowed six shots on goal, so a Trinity defender was bound to win the defensive player of the week award. That honor fell to Hannah Booher after Trinity’s fifth clean sheet of the season came against Centenary College.

Booher played just in front of the Tiger’s defense, in a holding midfield role, which saw her stop a number of chances before they advanced that far up the field. That saw Booher be a vital link between defense and the midfield line, creating opportunities for the forwards.

Booher also contributed to the Trinity offense as she scored twice and added an assist to put in a case for winning both awards. She scored against Mary Hardin-Baylor in the Tuesday match while scoring and managing an assist against Centenary on Sunday, bringing her season total to two goals and two assists.

UTSA Forward Jordyn Lacy Wins Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week

After a strong two goal performance, Jordyn Lacy won the Confrerence USA Offensive Player of the Week award. The award was given by the league office on Monday afternoon, on the back of UTSA’s 3=1 win over Middle Tennessee.

The Roadrunners overcame a 1-0 deficit against the Blue Raiders on Saturday evening at Park West in their only match of the week. Lacy was vital in that, managing a brace as she lead UTSA to the victory in her first ever Conference USA match.

Lacy scored the equalizer in the 15th minute after an early goal gave the Blue Raiders the lead, and that goal helped push the Roadrunners forward. That goal gave the Roadrunners momentum which they used to take the lead.

In the second half Lacy scored her second goal and was credited with the game winner in the 53rd minute. That second goal held up to give UTSA a 3-1 win, which gave them their first ever win in a Conference USA opener and their fifth ever league opening win.

The award is the first time that Lacy has won a weekly honor from Conference USA and she joins her class mate Katieann Lochte. Lochte won the first Offensive Player of the Week award in August 22nd after her first ever collegiate match.

Big Second Half Gives UIW Women big win Over Nichols

Photo: UIW Athletics

After seeing their match on Sunday postponed due to lightning UIW’s women managed a big 3-0 win over Nichols on Monday night at Benson Stadium. While still facing some effects of the wet weather in San Antonio on Monday, the Cardinals did well to manage a strong second half for the big win.

As the score would reflect it was a dominant performance from the Cardinals, but they could not get past the stern Nichols defense in the first half. UIW could well have opened the scoring in the 23rd minute when forward Brooke Hanson found space and shot, beating the keeper but only finding the crossbar.

But that would be as good as it got in the first half, which was actually tight despite the final score line. That kept Nichols happy going in to the half, but it did not take long for the Cardinals to take charge after the break.

Just five minutes in to the second half the Cardinals had the lead through local midfielder Ana Campa who scored her first goal of the season. Some strong work from freshman forward Brooke Hanson allowed her to cross for Campa who headed home.

After that goal Nichols looked to fight back, trying to get the goal back, they defended strongly but UIW was proving a much stronger side. The Cardinals looked to control possession but were struggling to break down the Nichols defense.

The second goal finally came in the 63rd minute when a pass from forward Karey Tylman was able to find Hanson. Sitting 35 yards out from goal, Hanson looked up and launched a powerful shot which beat the keeper and doubled UIW’s lead.

The Cardinals passed Nichols out of the match and in the 80th minute some strong passing saw UIW wrap up the 3-0 win. Sam Batley and Ana Rodriguez linked up with Sabrina Martineau who was able to send the ball out of the reach of the keeper for the big win.

UTSA get Conference Season off to Perfect Start

UTSA has got their conference play off to a perfect start as they managed a dramatic 3-2 win over Middle Tennessee on Saturday night at Park West Athletic Complex. Forward Jordyn Lacey was the star, scoring twice in the conference opening victory.

It was a largely dominant performance from UTSA as they were controlling much of the match with the score line perhaps flattering Middle Tennessee. Despite the Roadrunners domination, Selara Jordan opened the scoring for the Blue Raiders in the fifth minute.

Ten minutes later the Roadrunners were able to get an equalizer as they earned a corner quickly. That allowed midfielder Marianne Hernandez to send in a ball for Lacy, who easily headed home the goal to make it 1-1.

The shot count was all UTSA as the Roadrunners peppered the Middle Tennessee goal with shots throughout the first half. That saw UTSA lead 11-3 in the shot count, but at half-time the score was only 1-1.

As the second half got started in the second half as they controlled the match from the opening minutes. Just four minutes in to the second half UTSA forward Brianna Livecchi was able to get through the Middle Tennessee defense with a strong run and beat the keeper with a good shot.

Just four minutes after taking the lead UTSA doubled their advantage through some good link-up play from midfielder Channing Machen and defender Kaja Skare. That created space for Lacy to run in to and easily score the goal.

With a two goal deficit Middle Tennessee pushed to fins a goal and with just over half an hour to play a series of corners saw the Blue Raiders pull a goal back. On the third corner, Abbie Brown swung it in for Jordan who headed home the goal.

Goalkeeper Michelle Cole was impressive in the Roadrunners goal, making two big saves late on to give the Roadrunners the win. That put the Roadrunners back at .500 seeing their total record at 5-5 and a 1-0 conference record.

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.