U17 MONTERREY WINS TROPHY Lonestars hold own against savvy Mexicans
By Phil Stephens
Monterrey players and fans know how to win and celebrate. Here the players show some love and the U17 Dallas Cup XXX championship trophy to their fans at Pizza Hut Park.
Photo by Michael Stephens
FRISCO,TX--For the Lonestars from South Texas, reaching the finals of the Dallas Cup XXX was a new experience, a step up in their resume of big games. For U17 CF Monterrey,this was expected, was why they came to the Dallas Cup. It was old hat, but it was a hat they wore with pride after taking a harder-than-expected 1-0 win over the team from South Texas in Pizza Hut Park Stadium.
The Mexican team started with a strong possession game, keeping the Lonestars in their end of the field through most of the first half. But at intermission, the teams were knotted in a scoreless tie. Monterrey came close to a goal in the 40th minute, but Lonestar goalie Samuel Shoemaker made the stop. He was tested again three minutes later on a hard strike from Monterrey's Juan Padilla, but the ball bounced up and out instead of in.
Monterrey finally broke the ice with the only goal they would need on a snap header from Luis Madrigal after a long pass from the back in the 53rd minute. Madrigal rose above the crowd and whipped from left to right for the score from 10 yards out.
The Lonestars did not go down quitely, creating some goal box chaos after a corner in the 65th minute.
Jesus Corona headed a ball for Monterrey that nearly got the by the goalie late in the game, and just a moment later, his teammate Carlos Cauich ripped shot that bounded off the near post.
The South Texas team held its own against an established youth soccer program and has nothing to regret about its effort.