Week 2 Recap:
The NPSL season began last week when Ft. Worth Vaqueros and Shreveport Rafters FC won in Week 1. Week 2 play brought the rest of the teams into the action, except for Laredo Heat who begin the season later this month.
Saturday, May 12
Dutch Lions FC (HDLFC)-3 Houston Regals SCA-0 Dutch Lions Soccer Facility-Conroe, TX
Dutch Lions FC overcame a 3rd minute red card and defeated Houston Regals FCA 3-0. HDLFC defender Antone Jarvis (from UTRGV) was sent off early in the match due to denial of an obvious goal scoring opportunity. Despite the setback, forward Josip Validzic opened the scoring for the Dutch Lions 7 minutes later. A brace from substitute Jacob Powell (former Austin Aztex-PDL), once immediately before the break and the other in the 60th minute, sent the Regals to their second loss of the young season.
Midland-Odessa FC(MOFC)-1 FC Brownsville-0 Brownsville Sports Park-Brownsville, TX
Last week was an early demonstration that new Midland-Odessa Head Coach Luis Rincon intends to maintain the high standards that the Sockers have established over the last couple of years. A midweek convincing 3-0 victory over Lakeland Tropics in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup set the stage for the opening 1-0 NPSL road win over FC Brownsville. A first half stoppage time handball by FC Brownsville resulted in a penalty, converted by Xavier Lao. This was the only goal MOFC would need to secure the shutout win. The match was a little testy as 7 yellow cards were shown, five to MOFC and six total in the second half.
This was FC Brownsville’s inaugural match in the NPSL and also the first at home. Despite the loss, head coach Martin Vela stated in a May 13 Brownsville Herald article that he was pleased with the overall performance against a highly-rated opponent:
“It was very impressive the way our players fought for every ball against a team that got second place in our league’s championship last season. They fought hard from the beginning to the end. That’s what I really liked about them in this game.
Co-owner Francisco Chavez expressed his optimism for the season in the same Herald article:
“We know we have the talent. We’re working hard and we’re working for each other. It’s going to get us far and I think we’re going to have a very successful season.”
Further quotes and match details can be found in the Brownsville Herald article linked here:
Midland-Odessa will next play USL’s San Antonio FC in Round 2 of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup tomorrow (Wednesday, May 16) in Midland.
Midland-Odessa FC Starting Lineup (MOFC Twitter)
Shreveport Rafters FC-3 Katy 1895 FC-1 St. John XIII College Prep.-Katy, TX
The visitors from Louisiana disappointed the, close to, 500 home fans in attendance at Katy 1895 FC’s inaugural NPSL match by scoring twice in the final 30 minutes to complete a 3-1 win. This was the second consecutive road win for the Rafters after the opening weekend 2-1 victory in Tyler. After Andrew Fulmer opened the scoring for the Rafters in the 18th minute, Katy-native and Houston Baptist’s midfielder Jordi Corbo, assisted by Sergio Loredo (UTRGV), scored the first ever Katy 1895 goal to tie the match in the 51st. Shreveport took the lead 9 minutes later on this Steven Bush long-range strike (below). The Rafters Hayden Tucker’s 90th minute score put the match away.
Ft. Worth Vaqueros-6 Tyler FC-1 Farrington Field, Ft. Worth, TX
After a first-week road win over Houston Regals SCA, Ft. Worth Vaqueros, put the midweek US Open Cup lost behind them and drubbed Tyler FC 6-1 in their home opener. The Vaqueros were led by forward Kalle Sone’s first half hat-trick. Goals from defender Joseph Cervantes and Ft. Worth-native Marco Ortiz also contributed to a 5-0 Vaqueros half-time lead. Tyler pulled one back in the 54th minute on a set-piece goal from Tyler- native and UT-Tyler midfielder Alfonso Ochoa, but veteran midfielder and McKinney-native Zach Adler scored 13 minutes later to compete the comprehensive win. After the match Vaqueros Head Coach Nick Stavrou commented on their website:
“We found our rhythm midway through the first half after a slow start. We will continue to work on the things we didn’t do well and continue to improve as the season moves forward.”
More details on in this game story from npsl.com:
Week 3 Schedule:
Friday, May 18:
Laredo Heat SC vs. Houston Regals SCA
Saturday, May 19
Ft. Worth Vaqueros vs. Midland-Odessa Sockers FC
Dutch Lions FC vs. Katy 1895 FC
Tyler FC vs. FC Brownsville (Rescheduled from May 17)
Note: Shreveport Rafters FC vs. FC Brownsville rescheduled from May 19 to June 7