Laredo Heat, who now are the #2 rated team in the national NPSL Power Rankings, won again last week to run their record to 5-0. A comeback from two goals down by Ft. Worth Vaqueros against rivals Midland-Odessa FC on the road puts them in second place, two points behind the Heat, though Laredo has a game in hand. FC Brownsville shook off the long travel and scored an impressive victory in Shreveport. Houston Regals SCA won a wild nine-goal match against Tyler FC to secure their first points of the season.
The week 7 schedule has 5 matches highlighted by Midland-Odessa’s road trip east to face both winless Tyler FC and Shreveport Rafters and FC Brownsville hosting Dutch Lions FC.
Week 6 Recap
Wednesday, June 6:
Laredo Heat SC-2 Dutch Lions FC-0 TAMIU Stadium, Laredo
Two second half goals, from Ziyad Fares and a penalty from Younes Boudadi, led Laredo Heat to a 2-0 victory over Dutch Lions FC in Laredo. This win came despite a 35th minute Red Card for Denial of a Goal Scoring Opportunity to Christian Roman. The Heat are now 5-0 on the season and ranked Number 2 in the national NPSL Power Rankings.
Further details can be found in this post from Ben Arthur in the Laredo Morning Times.
Thursday, June 7:
FC Brownsville-2 Shreveport Rafters FC-1 Independence Stadium, Shreveport, LA
Brownsville’s long trip to Northeast Louisiana was rewarded with the full three points. Goals from forward Andres Cervantes and midfielder David James Bates midway through the second half erased the 21st minute goal from the Rafters Angel Abrego to secure the win. Brownsville outshot the Rafters 20-8 and controlled the match for substantial periods.
Further match details, including quotes from both head coaches, is provided in this link to an article from Jordan Spratt in the Aggregate Post.
Houston Regals SCA-6 Tyler FC-3 Houston Regals SCA Facility, Houston
A wild matchup between two teams that had lost all regular season matches to this point, resulted in 9 goals and 2 hat tricks, from Regals Ulises Lopez and the Kings Emanuel Santos. The Regals Marco Murillo chipped in with a brace.
Shreveport Rafters FC-3 Katy 1895 FC-1 Independence Stadium, Shreveport, LA
The Rafters rebounded from their midweek loss and scored three unanswered goals, two from Steven Bush, before Katy 1895 FC scored a late goal from forward Sergio Loredo to prevent the shutout. Katy outshot the Rafters on the night and had a slight edge in possession, but an excellent effort by Rafters goalkeeper Lance Quini allowed the Rafters to take the full three points. The match apparently became contentious in the second half and, according to match reports, the Katy 1895 coach was sent off in extra-time.
A link to the story from Shawn C. White in the Shreveport Times can be found here:
Midland-Odessa Sockers FC-2 Ft. Worth Vaqueros FC-2 Grande Communications Stadium, Midland
Nathan Regis, who was on the Football Manager Team of the Week list last week after scoring a hat-trick, scored twice more for the Sockers at home in the first ten minutes. However by the 26th minute, the Vaqueros also scored twice, through VcMor Eligwe and Kalle Masue to level the match. That is the way it finished, though it took a second half penalty save from Ft. Worth goalkeeper Grant Makela to secure the draw. The Vaqueros won the previous match of the season series in Fort Worth in May and will likely see each other next month in the NPSL playoffs.
NPSL Lone Star Conference Standings:
Week 7 Schedule
Wednesday, June 13:
Houston Regals SCA vs. FC Brownsville
Thursday, June 14:
Tyler FC vs. Midland-Odessa Sockers FC
Saturday, June 16:
FC Brownsville vs. Dutch Lions FC
Ft. Worth Vaqueros FC vs. Katy 1895 FC
Shreveport Rafters FC vs. Midland-Odessa Sockers FC