Houston TTI too strong for Athenians

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Houston TTI celebrate their goal (Photo: Chris Hockman)

Houston TTI showed their skill and speed as they managed a second half come back to defeat San Antonio Athenians 3-1 at San Antonio FC on Sunday afternoon at Blossom Soccer Complex.

A good ball from Marlene Campa forced former Houston Dash goalkeeper Hayley Carter to come off her line. That allowed Allison Fahey to run on to the ball, rounding Carter and finishing it easily with an open net.

“I think that was Allison Fahey’s ability to read the play,” said Athenians head coach Vida Mohagheghpour, “She was just able to use her speed, I don’t think anyone saw her making that run.”

Houston TTI got a perfect start to the second half scoring in the 47th minute, catching Athenians off guard. Farida Machia was able to get on to the ball and shoot powerfully past the keeper to restore parity.

Houston TTI took the lead after the Athenians defense left far too much space for Jessica Booksby. That allowed her to control and then shoot past Lopez who was left with little help from her defense.

In the 82nd minute TTI sealed the match when a corner allowed them to play their corner play rushing back from the goal line. That allowed Cassidy Blanchard to get back and jump highest heading it across the face.

“That’s a play we see, it’s just about who can get up to that ball and clear it out, ideally the goalkeeper and sometimes it doesn’t work.” Said Mohagheghpour.

TTI had the bulk of the early chances and in the eighth minute they had a shout for a penalty as Jessica Booksby went down. That challenge was from Treena Ferguson but it was perfectly timed and all ball, the referee calling play on.

There was an interesting set piece delivery from TTI in the 16th minute when they had a corner, putting five on the goal line as it was taken. They then ran out like a field hockey corner but couldn’t get it in to the back of the net.

Rebecca Mays should have put Athenians 1-0 up in the 24th minute after a perfectly weighted ball was played to her from Allison Fahey. Galan’s touch was heavy, allowing TTI to get in the way and put it out for a corner.

Athenians got out of jail in the 29th minute when an error at the back allowed TTI in at goal, the initial deflection falling to Booksby. Booksby got a strong shot away but was denied by a phenomenal save from Gaby Lopez turning it on the bar, which allowed Athenians to clear.

“She had a really great game, regardless of the score, Lopez made a number of great saves.” said Mohagheghpour.

Lopez kept the match scoreless in the 40th minute when the defense left Brooksby wide open in the box. Brooksby shot but was denied by Lopez at full stretch to keep her side in front her second spectacular save of the half.

TTI should have taken the lead in the 55th minute when Jordan Jackson was given too much space after a poor challenge. That opened up the space for Jackson to take the shot but she curled it away from the goal.

In the 69th minute Lopez kept the match level through another stunning save, after the shot was put much too closely to her. Just two minutes later she was at it again as Lopez was at full stretch to make a save along the ground before smothering the rebound.

Katieann Lochte very nearly pulled a goal back for the Athenians in stoppage time as she found space on the edge of the area. She was denied by a strong save down low by Carter which kept it 3-1, the final score.

San Antonio FC Finally Lose First Match of the Season

Colorado Springs Switchbacks celebrate their goal (Photo: Colorado Springs Switchbacks)

San Antonio FC’s unbeaten start to the 2017 season came to an end at Weidner Field on Saturday, as they fell to Colorado Springs Switchbacks 1-0 ending a 14 match unbeaten run.

“We have to respond after tonight…There were instances in the game that made it difficult but you can’t be more proud of the players. They kept working until the final whistle to get a tying goal but unfortunately we were unable to find it.” Said San Antonio FC head coach Darren Powell.

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Entertaining Texas Derby ends in Score Draw

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A hard fought and entertaining Texas derby was played out on Houston with the series still looking for its first winner of 2017 as FC Dallas came back from a half-time deficit to force a scoreless draw at BBVA Compass Stadium on Friday night.

“I think it was a very good game,” said Houston Dynamo head coach Wilmer Cabrera, “it was hot and humid for everyone. Two good teams on the field, we went for the three points but they are a good team… As long as we don’t lose and we continue looking forward and looking to attack we have to be happy.”

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MLS Still Eager for Texan Expansion

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Major League Soccer (MLS) is certainly keen on adding a third team to Texas but that may not necessarily be in San Antonio, sources have revealed to San Antonio Soccer News.

San Antonio FC recently gave their presentation to MLS as part of the many expansion bids to the league, which was scarcely publicized by the club. As would be expected from an organization like Spurs Sports and Entertainment (SSE) the presentation to MLS was phenomenally polished, and made a very strong case for San Antonio’s inclusion in the league.

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Athenians to play Tigres in July

San Antonio Athenians SC has announced their second international friendly for 2017 as they announced on Monday that they will be taking on Tigres at the Blossom Athletic Center on July 15th.

The match will mark the second time that a Liga MX Femenil team has come to play in San Antonio since the foundation of that league. The second was also earlier in 2017, as Pachuca took on the Athenians in a 3-1 win at Blossom.

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FC Dallas held in Vancouver

FC Dallas ended their lengthy streak of matches managing a point against Vancouver Whitecaps at BC Place on Saturday night.

After a scoreless first half FC Dallas didn’t waste much time getting the opening goal in the second half through Max Urruti. Maynor Figueroa sent a long ball from deep in his own half which Vancouver cleared, only for Urruti to steal possession and run past two defenders before slotting it home.

In the 75th minute a free-kick saw Vancouver draw back to level terms after Cristian Techera was fouled by Michael Barrios. Techera dusted himself off and stepped up, hitting the free-kick from 25 yards, after Fredy Motero ran over the ball.

It was a tight match and FC Dallas was showing some fatigue from their exertions throughout the week that Vancouver was able to capitalize on.

The only chance for FC Dallas in the first half was in just the 12th minute with some beautiful passing allowing Michael Barrios space on the wing. Barrios sent the ball in for Urruti who got a shot away which was well blocked by defender Tim Parker.

Vancouver had the only other chance of the half with two minutes to play in the first half through Roland Lemah. Lemah rose the highest, allowing him to get a header away but he couldn’t keep it down as it went over the bar.

Just four minutes after the equalizer, FC Dallas very nearly restored their lead as Barrios was able to create an opportunity. Barrios stole possession and sent the ball in for Mauro Diazo whose backheel allowed Tesho Akindele to set up Barrios again but his shot was blocked, forcing Dallas to settle for a point.

Stoppage Time Goal Stops Houston Getting First Road win

Houston Dynamo and LA Galaxy fighting for possession (Photo: Houston Dynamo)

Houston Dynamo has continued their poor form on the road as they gave away a winning position in the fifth minute of stoppage time to be forced to settle for a 2-2 draw with LA Galaxy on Saturday night at StubHub Center.

It was a controversial coal in the 95th minute when Romain Alessandri put the ball in to the back of the net. The ball was crossed in from Bradford Jamieson but Alessandri appeared to be in an offside position when the cross came in, only for the assistant referee to keep the flag down.

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San Antonio FC get back in to Scoring Groove

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Kris Tyrpak celebrates his opener with Billy Forbes (Photo: Darren Abate/USL)

The scoreless streak for San Antonio FC came to an electric end as San Antonio FC managed a 3-1 win over Tulsa Roughnecks to get some measure of revenge for their US Open Cup exit.

“I thought tonight was a very interesting game, I think it took a little bit of time to see what each team was doing,” said San Antonio FC head coach Darren Powell. “Obviously we got off to a fantastic start with a goal within five minutes, and everyone just takes a big sigh of relief… I still think we have improvement to do.”

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