TEXANS CLAIM U19 DCXXX TITLE Three goals in five minutes chills Solar
By Phil Stephens
Ryan Aubrey jumps over his defensive wall to pull down a Solar threat in the U19 Dallas Cup championship. The Texans broke out in the second half to win 4-0.
photo by Meg Stephens
FRISCO, TX---It was going to be a winner for North Texas, no matter what.The Dallas Cup XXX U19 championship Sunday boiled down to a backyard brawl between very familiar foes in Solar SC U18 Academy team and the Dallas Texans U18 Academy team.
For the first half, it was a game either team could have won, though Solar had the more dangerous chances.But the Texans decided to open up the attack in the second half and ripped off three goals in a five minute span to put Solar on the shelf for this contest. The 4-0 win was also the third Cup Championship for the Texans in two days, added to the U13 and U14 titles taken Saturday.
"This is a team I have been with since they were U11," the Texans' Director of Coaching Hassan Nazari said afterward."They have won state, regional and national championships. The only thing they needed was a Dallas cup trophy in the cabinent and they got that tonight."
Ironically, the five-minute binge started with a bit of luck.
Aaron Reifschneider stroked a corner kick to the middle of the box for the Texans in the 45th minute. The kick came from the left side and Solar goalie Sean Cote rose up to fist the cross out of area, but the ball went off his knuckles and backward, over his left shoulder and into the net.The team confidence rose and just two minutes later, Zachery Barnes zipped a marker by Cote that had nothing to do with luck.
Barnes picked up the ball at the top of the arc, dribbled in a diagonal to his right and stuffed the ball to the far post, in stride. He ripped off his jersey and ran down the sideline, high-fiving his teammates who came streaming off the bench.
The next goal, really the hammer for the Texans, was a one-touch power blast up the middle from Conor Doyle. He ran on to a mis-clear by the Solar defense and slammed it back from from 14 yards.
The Texans' blitz knocked the wheels off the Solar attack, left to chase the ball the game with the Texans holding all the leverage. William Diebold picked up the final Texans goal in the 84th minute, taking advantage of a Solar team trying to get on
the board.He threaded a right-footed pass by the near post and into the roof of the net.
Hassan, who is assisted in coaching the team by Jack Peel and David Hudgel, said his team made some adjustments over the half.
"We know the Solar team very well," Nazari said. "We knew what to expect and that helped us a lot.Our kids were a littlervous in the first half and once we got them settled down, we told them to open up their game after the half and take some chances."
Nazari praised the Solar team and coach, Kevin Smith. Solar tied the Texans in their last meeting.
Royal Navy team 3-1 on Friday and scraped by the U18 FC Dallas Academy team 1-0 on Saturday. Solar beat Shattuck St.Mary's Friday and the Miami-Kendall Academy team 2-1 on Friday.
"I told our players that whichever team won the semifinal on Friday, between us and FC Dallas, would win the tournament," Hassan said.
Solar coach Kevin Smith said the game turned on one play and the Texans ran with it.
"We had one mad minute and it cost us. We lost our man in the box and they took advantage. That first goal killed us."