U14 TEXANS TAKE TITLE ON PKS Coach Leite's second trophy of day
By Phil Stephens Editor DallasSoccerNews.com
Zach Dunbar celebrates after putting the U14 Dallas Texans Red on the scoreboard in the 19th minute. The Texans couldn't celebrate until regulation, two OT periods and a pk series was finished that f
Photo by Meg Stephens
FRISCO, TX--Head coach Marcio Leite and the Dallas Texans Soccer Club earned a rare double Saturday—not in goals, but in victories, as he coached both the U13 Dallas Texans Red to a Dallas Cup XXX championship (1-0 over West Coast Futbol Club) and the U14 Dallas Texans Red to a second championship (2-1 over the Irvine Strikers).
In the second game of the day, the Texans faced a respected California team that eliminated the Texans in the quarterfinals of the Dallas Cup last year. It didn’t happen this time when the same teams met in the finals.
Dallas got a quick boost on a spectacular goal by Zachary Dunbar in the 19th minute. Dunbar picked the ball up about 30 yards out and out-dueled two Irvine players when they lost track of the ball on a high bouncing ball in the wind. The Texans’ player took off, going right, then left and back to the right again to get past the Strikers’ defense. Then he lifted a shot to the far left corner of the net to put the locals in the lead.
“Zachary scored a tremendous goal,” Leite said. “But he has been tremendous through the whole tournament.”
Leite gave a lot of credit to his defense, starting in midfield, where Brandon Aubrey (center) and Michael King had very positive days. He also lauded his sweeper, Jonathon Bright, and defender Jonathon (JP) Katowski.
“We played a great program (Irvine Strikers) and our players played their hearts out,” Leite said.
The second half was nerve-wracking for the Texans as the Strikers pulled out the stops in trying for the winning goal. The California team just knew they had the win in the 64th minute when Delgado fired a hard shot from 22 yards out in the right channel. The ball hit the crossbar and bounded straight down. Several ISC players started to celebrate, but the referee quickly put a stop to it.
The Texans rebounded in the first OT, coming out strong with several good chances. But Irvine regained the momentum in the second overtime, but could not find net.
Again, Irvine players were burned on a shot they were sure was good for a goal. After a free kick by the California team, a Dallas defensive mistake on the rebound set up a close opportunity for Luis Flores. He stuck it past the Dallas goalie and ripped his shirt when he turned and celebrated. He didn’t hear the whistle that blew off the goal and when the ref caught up with him, Flores got a yellow card for excessive celebration for a goal he didn’t get. After two 10-minute overtimes, the referees pointed to the PK spot, where the game was settled.
The Texans’ goalie Caleb Underwood gave his team an early edge by stopping the first ISC kick, by Sanchez. The Strikers kept their chin up and got a break when the Texans’ King hit the ball right to the California goalie. Tied at 4-4 after five kicks, Irvine’s sixth shooter, Vincent Reyes, sent the ball wide left, leaving the door open for a Texans’ win on the next kick. Jason Machado took advantage of that chance, firing right when the Irvine goalie guessed left.
The Texans didn’t have to hold back on the after-game celebration after earning Dallas Cup golden boot trophy in a hard-fought game.