Week 4 Premier Development League (PDL) Mid South Division highlights included Texas United’s third consecutive victory to open the season in Corpus Christi Friday night, defending champion OKC Energy U23’s first win of the season and the season debut of Brazos Valley Cavalry, who picked up 4 points in two matches.
Week 5 includes undefeated Texas United’s visit to Houston FC and the first ever match in Bryan between two teams that train in Houston, Brazos Valley Cavalry and AHFC Royals.
Week 4 Recap
Tuesday, May 22:
Brazos Valley Cavalry-2 Houston FC-2 Nutrabolt Stadium, Bryan
An 86th minute goal from Houston FC’s defender Tanner Hummel spoiled BV Cavalry’s home opener. Houston had taken an early lead when Cyrus Harmon (San Jacinto College-Houston) found the back of the net. The Cavalry responded with two first half goals-from forward Brandon Guhl (assisted from Thomas Menke) and Houston Dynamo Academy alum Matt Dorsey on a rebound shot. In the 66th minute Houston FC’s goalkeeper Connor Talbot brought down a Cavalry attacker in the box and conceded a penalty, but then redeemed himself by stopping the attempt from Christian Duarte. Brazos Valley outshot Houston FC 16-7.
In the game story by Richard Croome on Brazos Sports.com, Cavalry Head Coach James Clarkson rued the late goal.
“We got ball watching,” Cavalry coach James Clarkson said. “We had chances to clear the ball. We had chances to win it, and it’s really disappointing because there was a lot of expectation coming into this, and if we want to make the playoffs you got to win at home. It’s a massive two points dropped for us.”
Further match details can be found in the link to the Brazos Sports.com link here:
Thursday, May 24
OKC Energy FC U23-2 AHFC Royals-0 Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma City, OK
A goal in each half, the first a shot from forward Matt Puig that deflected off a defender in the 14th minute and the second from defender Tyler LaCourse in the 79th, off a cross from Louis Bennett, led OKC Energy U23 to their first win of the season and sent AHFC Royals to their first loss. The Royals had their chances, the best in the first half when Killian Colombie was in alone on goal but stopped by Energy U23 goalkeeper Nicholaz Merzokat, making his first start.
Friday, May 25
Texas United-4 Corpus Christi FC-2 Jack Dugan Stadium-Corpus Christi, TX
Texas United scored three straight goals, two from David Lozano and one from Jorge Barrientos, in the second half to break open a tight game. Giovanni Montesdeoca scored the only goal for United in the first half but the Sharks leveled in the 55th minute when Nenad Markovic scored his third goal of the season off an assist from Coastal Bend native Seth Koronek. Five minutes later both teams got into it and the resulting struggle led to red cards for Markovic and Texas United’s Alejandro Padilla. The three unanswered goals, the final from Luke Thompson, followed and a late consolation tally by Grant Mobley wasn’t enough to salvage the match for the Sharks. In the game report by the Corpus Christi Caller-Times Quinton Martinez, Corpus Head Coach Sammy Giraldo discussed the change of momentum in the match after the red cards.
I thought we had momentum at that point (the red cards) and after, but for me mistakes at this level are very costly, however they happen. When it was 1-1 I think we made a mistake and 2-1 changed everything.”
Texas United now sits alone in first place in the Mid South Division. Further match highlights can be found in this report from the Caller-Times:
Sunday, May 27
Brazos Valley Cavalry FC-1 FC Cleburne-0 The Depot, Cleburne
Brazos Valley picked up the first win of the season 1-0 on the road to send FC Cleburne to their their third consecutive loss to open the season. A 26th minute goal by Miguel Velasquez was the difference. The Cavalry controlled play, but Cleburne had a great opportunity near the end of the match that was saved by Brazos Valley goalkeeper Noah Abrams.
Mid South Division Standings
|Corpus Christi FC||2||2||0||6||9||11||-2||2-2-0|
|Brazos Valley Cavalry F.C.||1||0||1||4||3||2||1||1-0-1|
|OKC Energy U23||1||1||0||3||4||3||1||1-1-0|
Week 5 Schedule
Tuesday, May 29
FC Cleburne vs. AHFC Royals
Wednesday, May 30
Houston FC vs. Corpus Christi FC
Friday, June 1
Houston FC vs. Texas United
Saturday, June 2
Brazos Valley Cavalry vs. AHFC Royals
OKC Energy U23 vs. FC Cleburne