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HFA game reports 12/15 

Fury – Houston Dutch Lions FC
Player of the Week: Michael Ross Weir

The Houston Dutch Lions FC played last weekend its last game before the holidays. The Lions faced a team that is playing 3 divisions higher in the Championship league.  The Houston Dutch Lions FC started the game with 1 man down. It was hard to play against a team who are playing together for more than 15 years.  Despite we knew that we had a difficult job against Fury, we had to do our very best.

Houston Dutch Lions FC HFA squad

Unfortunately, we had the whole game 1 man down. The squad of the Houston Dutch Lions FC did their best to create something, but we couldn’t do anything offensively.  In the first half, the Lions conceded 1 goal. Our goalie Ross couldn’t prevent a penalty kick from Fury.

In the second half, the Lions started out with a good mentality. We tried to play our own game: playing with offensive soccer. That means that we also gave a lot of space away in our defense.  Fury made 3 more goals and The Lions couldn’t score a goal. We weren’t able to do something against them. We had an injured goalie in the first half. Unfortunately we are out of the Memorial Cup, but we are the winter champions in division 1B. We are starting back in January the 17th again. Everybody can recharge his battery during the holidays. Have a nice holiday and a happy new year!

Houston Dutch Lions FC Orange – Shmohawk 2-1 (2-0)
                                                   
Player of the week: Patrick Garland
 


The Houston Dutch Lions FC Orange is through to the next round in the Shield Cup. A good first half decided the game. In the first 45- minutes the Lions played with a lot of confidence. They didn’t give the opponent the chance to come into the game. The Lions created enough chances to score a couple of goals. Christiaan scored the first goal after a good attack from his teammates. The striker of the Houston Dutch Lions Orange FC was able to slide the ball in the goal. Patrick Garland played a strong game and rewarded his good play with a goal.

Houston Dutch Lions FC Orange squad

The second half was messy, with a lot of ball possession loss from both sides. Shmohawk played their selves back into the game with a goal. They tried to tie the game but the Lions showed character and fought themselves to the victory.

The Houston Dutch Lions FC goes through to the next round in the Shield Cup. A great ending of the first half of the season. Go Lions!!!

Posted by Marco Pruis December 16, 2014 Categories: Game HFA Teams

Tournament report U11 and U12 

Last weekend, the Houston Dutch Lions FC U11 and U12 teams participated in the Klein Thanksgiving Tournament at Meyer Park. Both teams had a successful fall season, both competing in the EDDOA. Where the U11’s ended in 2nd in their bracket, the U12’s ended in 4th place.

U11's at Thanksgiving Tournament

For both teams the Thanksgiving Tournament was a good way to end the fall season. The U11’s had the assistance of talented U10 players such as Vladyslav, Cooper, Maddox, Griffin and Tyler. A great way for the U10’s to show what they can bring to the pitch on a higher level.

Both teams played in the highest brackets possible, meaning that the tournament brought 3 very tough games to the players. The U11’s showed in their second game that when fully focused, they can definitely compete on a higher level. In this game the parents saw two beautiful goals from Julian Vega.

The U11's literally grew into the tournament. The last game was so much better compared to the first game. Because of that, the U11's can be proud of themselves for developing themselves during a tournament.

The U12’s played a very strong first game, playing against a team that competes in the 2nd highest bracket possible within the EDDOA. The U12’s kept their goal clean in the first 30 minutes, and had some chances for the opening goal. 

U11 Sebastian as a striker

The second game was against Klein and became a game which could go either way.  This resulted in a tie; 3-3 and was well deserved for both teams. Our Lions felt that they could have gotten more out of this game. 

Our last game of the group phase was a tough one. On Sunday morning at 8:00am with one player being sick, the team had to fight even harder being one man down. The opponent struggled due to the Lions fought so well. Even though the game was lost, the boys deserved the compliment for their fighting spirit.

Posted by Marco Pruis December 01, 2014 Categories: Club News Game Tournament Youth Academy

Invitational try out scheduled  

An Invitational try out for the Houston Dutch Lions FC summer 2015 team has been scheduled for Saturday, December 20th to take place at the Houston Dutch Lions FC Soccer Facility from 10:00am till 5:00pm. There will be 48 spots available to try out, for these players there will not be a fee to participate and lunch will be provided during the invitational try outs.
 Houston Dutch Lions FC USL PDL squad

The Houston Dutch Lions FC is a year-round soccer club with a continuously growing Youth Academy for boys and girls starting at the age of 4. During the fall and spring season the club also competes with two teams in the Houston Football Association. The past three years (2012, 2013 and 2014 seasons), the club fielded a USL Premier Development League team where the Lions competed against clubs such as Laredo Heat SC, current USL PRO franchise Austin Aztex, Midland Sockers FC, Mississippi Brilla FC, New Orleans Jesters and El Paso Patriots.

The 2015 season will start mid April with preseason games against local University soccer teams as well as other quality soccer teams. In preparation for the 2014 USL PDL season the Houston Dutch Lions FC hosted top Texas soccer programs such as the University of St Thomas and the University of Houston-Victoria (both NAIA). The official 2015 season will start mid May, and will run through the end of July. Throughout the season the team trains between 4 and 6 times per week, mainly between 9:00am and 11:00am. Housing during the season can be provided for players not living in the Houston area. 

Houston Dutch Lions FC USL PDL squad 2014

The Houston Dutch Lions FC trains at the Houston Dutch Lions FC Soccer Facility, the club owns a state of the art Soccer Facility consisting of two artificial turf fields with a Club House opening up early 2015. The Club House will host the club’s offices, a Fan Shop, several meeting rooms as well as a A/C regulated concessions and restrooms. 

One of the main objectives of the Houston Dutch Lions FC is to bring current players to a higher level through quality training as well as opportunities in professional soccer environment. After the 2014 USL PDL season six of our players went on a 8-day trial with USL PRO franchise Dayton Dutch Lions FC. Two players playing for the Houston Dutch Lions FC in the 2013 USL PDL season went on to a higher level. Walter Kromholz and Thomas Verhaar joined professional teams in Finland (FC Kultsu) and The Netherlands (Sparta Rotterdam): http://www.houstondutchlionsfc.com/lions-in-the-pros.aspx

Players interested can fill out the following form as complete as possible: http://www.houstondutchlionsfc.com/2014-try-out.aspx or direct your questions to the club's Technical Director Marco Pruis at m.pruis@hdlfc.com or 713-498-3888.

Please check our YouTube Channel for all the game highlights from the 2014 USL PDL season.

Invitational try out information:
Date: Saturday, December 20th, 2014 from 10:00am till 5:00pm
Location: Houston Dutch Lions FC Soccer Facility
Questions: Please contact the club's Technical Director Marco Pruis at m.pruis@hdlfc.com or 713-498-3888

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Posted by Marco Pruis November 21, 2014 Categories: Club News Mens League Super 20 Teams Try-Outs USL PDL

Youth Academy game reports 11/15 

Houston Dutch Lions FC Orange U8 – Houston Dutch Lions FC Blue U8
Player of the week: Salem Shariff

Houston Dutch Lions FC U8 boys and girls

The U8’s played a very nice game last Saturday. Both teams were equal to each other. The U8's had some guest players of the U5/U6 where they all played an energetic and great game! The score went up and down. It was good to see that every player gave 100% effort on the field. The guys were aggressive on the ball and tried to score when they had the ball. The U8’s did a good job and we know for sure that we continue this level in the spring! GO LIONS!

Houston Dutch Lions FC Orange U10 – Houston Dutch Lions FC Blue U10
Player of the week: Dustin Lindvall
 
Last Saturday the Houston Dutch Lions FC Orange U10 faced the Houston Dutch Lions FC Blue U10. Both teams knew each other well from the games that they played before. The start from the U10 Orange was really good. With goals from Vladyslav, Lucas, Dustin, Griffin (2x) and Cooper they took a big lead before half time.

U10's making it difficult at a corner kick

In the second half, the Houston Dutch Lions FC Blue U10 showed better and more aggressive field play. It took a long time before the Orange team found the space to make a goal because the Blue team did so well! Jacob Paggioli made a beautiful goal by shooting the ball in the upper 90. Dustin played as a captain a strong game for the Orange team and was almost everywhere on the field. For the Orange team Cooper (3x), Vladyslav and Lucas scored in the second half.

Houston Dutch Lions FC U10 White – Conroe Soccer Club U10
Player of the week: Devon Smith

Our U10 White team played against Conroe Soccer Club U10, a game that is always exciting. Unfortunately the start was in favor of Conroe Soccer Club U10, the visitors scored a few goals and the Lions knew they had to step it up and score more goals in the second half.

Houston Dutch Lions FC against Conroe Soccer Club U10's boys and girls

The U10’s played much better in the second half, the duels were fought with more power as well as more passing around to each other. In the second half we saw two goals for the Lions, Jacob Paggioli and Devon Smith found the back of the net. 

Unfortunately not a win for the U10’s but we saw better play in the second half. A good thing is that the boys and girls are fighting their duels better when the boys and girls are using their shoulders a lot more in the duels.

Houston Dutch Lions FC U11 – Tigres Houston U11
Player of the week: Julian Vega        
 
Saturday was an exciting day for the Lions! The Houston Dutch Lions FC U11 were able to become champion of their league. Unfortunately, they were dependent from the number one of the league,' SC FC'. 'SC FC' had to lose or tie their own game and the Lions had to win from Tigres, only in that scenario the Lions could become the champion. 'SC FC' was playing a game against number three 'Texas Rush'  where they played at the exact same time as the Lions.

Houston Dutch Lions FC U11 with Coach Christiaan Wind

The Lions knew what they had to do and therefore started very well at their game. They dominated from the beginning and with some nice passes the Lions created directly from the beginning some good chances. Despite that the Lions began the game way better than Tigres did, Tigres took the early lead. Their first attack was a counter attack and they scored directly one on one against Joey, 1-0. The Lions remained calm like nothing happened and they just kept going on with dominating the match. And finally there was the deserved goal for the Lions. A beautiful cross from Julian landed on Sebastian his head and he headed it in diagonal, 1-1. The goal almost looked like the goal of 'Robin van Persie' during the world cup, in the match against Spain.
After this goal, the Lions got more confidence and kept going on creating chances. A corner came in front of Ty, but unfortunately his shot landed on the post. Not long after that the Lions got a free kick, Ty took it, but saw his shot over the crossbar. Julian, who gave a lot of nice crosses during the game, gave again a nice cross; this time his cross went in the goal, 2-1. Finally the Lions took the lead. Now it was just waiting for more goals for the Lions. Sebastian almost scored but his shot went just over the goal. Another cross from Julian came in front of Ty but Ty his shot just missed the goal. Not much later Sebastian's free kick went just over the bar. After that the first half ended, enough chances for the Lions in the first half.

During the half time break we heard that 'SC FC' had a lead of 3-1. So that did not give us hope, but we wanted to fulfill at least our own task; 'winning the game'. 

Also in the second half the Lions started out good in the game. It did not take long before we scored again. Nick gave a cross from the center towards the box of the opponent and Julian scored, 3-1. After that a free kick of Julian went just over the bar. 
The last quarter of the game the Lions gave it away a little bit, Tigres came one on one with Joey two times; the first one was stopped by Joey and the second went next to the goal. In the mean time Ty got a chance, but his shot went over. The third one on one of Tigres converted into a goal and the game got exciting again, 3-2. But luckily not much happened after that, so final score: 3-2.

After the match we heard that 'SC FC' won their game with 5-2. So unfortunately no championship for the Lions U11 this season, but they can be really proud on themselves because of the great season they had. The Lions dominated most of the games and improved a lot throughout the season.

Houston Dutch Lions FC U12 – Texas Rush U12
Player of the week: Mathew Silva

On a cold Saturday afternoon at Lindsay Lyons Soccer Park, the Houston Dutch Lions FC and Texas Rush met to play their second game of the season against each other. Due to the cold, the field was hard and it became difficult for both teams to pass the ball to each other. 
Houston Dutch Lions FC U12 ties Texas Rush with 1-1

The Lions did however find the back of the net within 5 minutes of the game, a shot of Michelle Campbell bounced back via de goalkeeper and Mathew Silva promoted the rebound to a goal, 1-0 for the Lions.

After this opening goal the Lions looked nervous at some times. The team still found the way to the goal, but couldn’t promote their shots to a goal.

In the second half Texas Rush scored the equalizer, with the score being 1-1 the game was open and both team searched for the win. This resulted in an interesting final 15 minutes of the game, both team wanting to win the game. 

No goals scored in the remaining of the game, a 1-1 tie is deserved for both teams.

The Houston Dutch Lions FC U12’s keep on practicing till mid December, the boys and girl participate in a Thanksgiving Tournament where they will be eager to bring the win home!

Houston Dutch Lions FC U13/U14 – Texas Aggieland
Player of the week: Luis Machado

The U13/U14 played their last game against Texas Aggieland at Dyess Park. It was a cold Saturday and everybody had a lot of energy to play this game.
We started the game pretty good! Everybody was paying attention and was willing to work hard for each other. At that moment, when you were thinking this is going to be a good day, the opponent found a way through our defense. Texas Aggieland scored the first goal of the game and the Lions had to do something. From that moment everybody was pressuring towards the attack. We did a good job in defending the opponent, but we forgot to play the game in ball possession. Despite we didn’t control the game. we had some great corner kicks. The opponent tackled and fouled in their box and Luis took the penalty. The penalty went in and the Lions tied the game.

Houston Dutch Lions FC U14's

The Houston Dutch Lions FC U13/U14’s had overall a good game. Both teams were equal to each other and both teams made mistakes and created chances. It was a fun game to watch. Unfortunately, we made some personal mistakes and we lost the game with 4-1. We had some chances to make it a better end score but unfortunately we couldn’t.  This was the last game of the season and finally a game with for us a good opponent. I’m looking forward for next season with this group. Great job guys and see you guys on practice. GO LIONS!

Posted by Marco Pruis November 17, 2014 Categories: Club News Game Youth Academy

Youth Academy and HFA game reports 11/8 and 11/9 

Houston Dutch Lions FC Blue U8 – Conroe Soccer Club U8
Player of the week: Salem and Noah (great saves as a goalkeeper)

The Houston Dutch Lions FC Blue U8 lost with a close score from Conroe Soccer U8. The Lions had a great start. After a good rush Salem shot the ball in the goal (1-0). With combinations on the field the Lions tried to make more goals but Conroe became stronger and pressured the Lions on their own half. The Lions had to work hard to stay in front, but couldn’t stop Conroe from scoring four goals before half time (4-1).

In the second the Lions showed character and fought themselves back in the game. The Lions created more chances than in the first half and it didn't take long before the Lions scored. Salem was on fire in the second half after good work from his teammates Thomas, Joaquin, Noah and Santi. He scored three more goals and brought the score back to 5-4 for Conroe Soccer U8.

It was a close game, but there was not enough time for Houston Dutch Lions FC U8 Blue to tie the game. A good performance from the Lions, especially the second half was very strong!

Houston Dutch Lions FC U10 against Conroe Soccer Club

Houston Dutch Lions FC U10 – Conroe Soccer Club U10
Player of the week: Jacob Paggioli

The Houston Dutch Lions FC U10 Orange lost their game against Conroe Soccer U10. The first minutes of the game Conroe scored three goals (3-0). The Lions had to fight themselves back in the game. They created a couple of chances, Jacob Paggioli was close but his shots didn’t find the back of the net. Our goalkeeper Kayla had a few good saves and prevented Conroe from scoring more goals. We wanted to start good in the second half, but right away from the kick-off Conroe Soccer Club scored the 4-0. 

This was harsh because the Lions wanted to do everything to come back in the game. When Conroe scored the 5-0 the Lions did something back. Tyler scored two times and brought the score back to 5-2. The last goal of this game is scored by Conroe after a good cross the attacker shot the ball in the goal.

Conroe deserved the win, but the Lions showed in some parts of the game good soccer on the field.

Houston Dutch Lions FC U10 White - Houston Dutch Lions FC U10 Blue
Player of the Week: Maddox Feldott

Two of our most talented teams faced each other for a 10:15am game. Both teams tried to play from ball possession, keeping the ball would have the preference above kicking it forward. This resulted in an open game where both teams created chances and wanted to win.

Houston Dutch Lions C U10 boys teams

In the first half the U10 White team scored two goals, first Maddox Feldott made a great goal and just two minutes later it was Jacob Paggioli who found the back of the net.

Throughout the game we saw many 2:1 situations, if the players keep on playing the passing game (even close to the opponents goal), we would see a lot more goals. Great game by both teams, all players gave all the got to bring home the victory!

Houston Dutch Lions FC U11 – KW Alliance U11
Player of the week: Julian Vega
 
With four points in three matches the Lions were in second place of the league table, before the game against Kingwood Alliance U11. KW Alliance gathered three points in two matches and were in third place before this game. So it seemed to become an exciting match between the number two and three of the league.

The Lions began sharp at the game. They really dominated at the start of the game, the Lions got three chances via Julian and Adam, but they missed the chances.  Finally after a few minutes Julian scored with a great solo, 1-0. The Lions kept dominating after that goal, so not long after the first goal Ty scored also with a nice solo, 2-0. After the 2-0 the Lions became less sharp than they were at the start of the game. It did not take long before Alliance got a counter and scored, 2-1. After this goal, Alliance got their confidence back and created more chances, they missed twice one on one with the goalkeeper. Then, Marcos (who played a very good game) mistimed a high ball and the opponent got their third one on one in a row and this time they scored, 2-2. Not long after that goal the half time whistle blew.

Houston Dutch Lions FC 11's

In the second half, the Lions didn't start very sharp. This is why the opponent got another one on one again, but Joey saved! Finally the Lions got a chance again, Sebastian passed the ball deep to Julian, Julian stayed very calm and scored the one on one, 3-2 for the Lions! The 3-2 seemed to work as a wakeup call, the Lions were sharp again and passed the ball around nicely. This caused a few big missed opportunities. Despite that the Lions controlled the game again, the game was still exciting because of the small score. Then, five minutes before the end of the game, from a distance Julian took a beautiful shot and hit the bottom bar, unfortunately it did not went in. But the chance was not over yet, in the rebound of Julian his shot, Drake headed the ball in and scored, 4-2. Finally the game was played, the last five minutes of the game were not that exciting anymore, so the Lions won their second game in a row! Final score: 4-2.

Houston Dutch Lions FC U12 – Texans SC U12
Player of the Week: Logan Peterson

After last weeks great game, and 2-0 victory, the Houston Dutch Lions FC struggled this week in the game against the Texans SC U12. Both teams had difficulties keeping the ball in possession and creating chances. The game was fought at the midfield most of the time.

Houston Dutch Lions FC U12's

The fans had to wait till the second half before we saw a goal, a free kick from Christian Keller couldn’t be stopped and brought the Lions a 1-0 victory. The game would see a surprising end, the Texans SC took two shots and both of them ended in the back of the net. And so it happened that the game that shouldn’t deserve a winner saw the Texans SC take the 3 points home.

A big lesson for the Lions, not having your day means playing even easier passes then before. Next week the U12’s face Texas Rush U12 at 3:30pm, players and staff will be highly motivated to bring home the 3 points in the last game of the fall season!

Houston Dutch Lions FC U13/U14 –Fusion SCJ
Player of the week: Luis Machado

The squad of the Houston Dutch Lions FC started the game last Saturday with a 10:00am kickoff at Meyer Park. The referee gave the signal to start the game and Fusion started with a lot of pressure towards our defense.
The Lions tried to clear the ball by playing ball possession. It was very hard to do so, because the opponent was pressuring forwards.
In the first half, The Lions couldn’t prevent some goals against us. We did our best to get the ball back but the opponent was faster. The opponent is further in their development than us. We had to give our very best and have to work hard in the game. I was proud of the squad because we stayed positive to each other and we tried to score at least 1 goal. And so we did! A good offensive attack from the left side with Daniel, Juan and Luis. Eventually Luis made a nice move and kicked the ball from 25 yards into the goal. Nicely done!

Houston Dutch Lions FC U13 - U14 boys team

Unfortunately we couldn’t do more against this opponent, but our mentality was strong as it supposed to be. We showed improvement as a team how we have to act in a game.

See you next week for our Last game of this season. GO LIONS!

Houston Dutch Lions FC U16 – KW Alliance U16
Player of the week: Carter Martinez

After this game there is only one game left in the fall season for the Houston Dutch Lions FC U16. The opponent for today was Kingwood Alliance U16. It is a physical team with fast players in the attack. That was the difference between the two teams today. The Lions had to battle really hard against the tall players of the opponent but could not prevent that they took the lead (1-0). Like all the games we played, the Lions never gave up and with a few chances they tried to tie the game. On the other side Carter Martinez prevented Kingwood Alliance from scoring more goals.

The second half the Lions gave the goals away to easy. With a 3-0 lead the KW Alliance already decided the game. After a good pass from Colin, Danny was able to do something back (3-1). But right away after the kick-off KW Alliance scored the 4-1. Everybody showed a good spirit again. Unfortunately KW Alliance had more physical power and length but the Lions gave it their all.

Houston Dutch Lions FC HFA – RE United
Player of the week: Michael Ross Weir

The Houston Dutch Lions FC HFA squad faced RE United for the regular HFA league in Division 1B. The Lions started the game with 9 people and played the second half with 11 players. Chances from both side, but the squad of the Houston Dutch Lions FC was the most effective team on the field.

The Lions gave a lot of space away in their defense in the beginning of the game. The defenders were fast enough to recover the ball on time.

Austin Crafts scored the first goal of the game by making a good combination with Chance Bergen and scored in the left corner.
The Houston Dutch Lions FC played very nervous and lost the ball to soon.

In the second half we started with some better ball possession. We actually played the ball around waiting for our opportunity to create and finish chances.

Chance scored our last and final goal from the penalty spot. He scored the ball perfectly in the left corner. Michael Ross Weir played his best game so far, he had some great saves and helped his team by saving a penalty kick, nicely done Ross! Next week we are having a Cup game against Fury. We are having a 9:00am kick off at Bayland Park. GO LIONS!

Houston Dutch Lions FC Orange – KSC Oilers
Player of the week: Jonathan Ethridge
 
The start of the Houston Dutch Lions FC Orange couldn’t be better. In the second minute of the game Marcello had a great shot on goal, the ball landed beautiful in the upper 90 (1-0). After that goal the Lions had control over the game. Everything was looking good until we lost the ball unnecessary on the midfield. Jorge had to step in but couldn’t prevent that the KSC Oilers got a penalty kick, 1-1. The Lions had to keep their heads cool but later in the first half again the midfield loses the ball unnecessary and again we have to concede a goal (2-1). We had to substitute Pedro because the opponent almost broke his ankle, this foul was only rewarded with a yellow card.

Houston Dutch Lions FC HFA Orange squad played at Bear Creek Park

Before the first half ended the Lions got a free kick on midfield. Jonathan Ethridge takes it, and took a shot on goal, something you don’t expect from that distance. The goalkeeper didn’t expect it either and the ball went straight into the goal, kaing the score 2-2. A lot of emotions by the players after this goal because of what happened to Pedro. Jorge forgot to hold his discipline and for that he received his second yellow card.

The second half the Lions had to fight with 10 players left on the field. They worked together and the opponent had it even harder than before playing against 11 players. Unfortunately late in the second half the KSC Oilers scored the 3-2. After that Luis get a second yellow card because he had comments on the referee. And so we ended the game with 9 players and an injured player that is kicked out of the game.

Posted by Marco Pruis November 10, 2014 Categories: Club News Game HFA Teams Youth Academy

Youth Academy and HFA game reports 11/1 and 11/2 

Houston Dutch Lions FC U8 Orange – Conroe Soccer Club U8
Player of the Week:  Sophia Saludares

HDL FC U8 Orange played against Conroe Soccer Club on Saturday November 1st. The U8’s had a tough game against the U8 players of Conroe Soccer Club. They tried to score goals and had to give 100% effort against this opponent. The squad of the Houston Dutch Lions FC U7 and U8’s worked hard and were aggressive to the ball. Sophia scored the one and only goal in this game for the Lions with a great solo started from the defense. In the end the U8 Orange team lost this game but they showed great effort.
The HDL FC U8 Blue against U8 White were also playing against each other. They played a very exciting game. The blue team won eventually, but team white gave them a difficult task. The game was very open and the support from the side was nice to see. Also a few U6 players played with our U8’s for the first time. It was for them an exciting experience and good to see that they enjoyed it. GO LIONS!

Houston Dutch Lions FC U10 – Conroe Soccer Club U10 
Player of the week: Maddox

The Houston Dutch Lions FC Orange U10 played against Conroe U10. The start of the Lions was strong. With a lot of pressure on the half of Conroe, the Lions were able to create a couple of chances. The Lions took the lead in the game. Cooper gave a good pass to Maddox and he didn’t hesitated to shoot the ball into the goal (1-0). The Lions couldn’t celebrate long, because one minute after the Lions took the lead, Conroe was able to score the 1-1. After the goal Conroe was getting stronger and they took the lead 2-1 before half time.
Houston Dutch Lions FC U10's

After the break the Lions did everything to equalize the game. There were chances to score but the Lions were unlucky with their finishing on goal. Also Conroe had the chance to take a bigger lead but Ethan defended his goal well. Both teams kept on trying but the score stayed 2-1 for Conroe, when the referee whistled for the end of the game.

Houston Dutch Lions FC U10 White – Houston Dutch Lions FC U10 Blue
Player of the week: Devon Smith & Maddox Feldott
 


White team more effective than blue team
Houston Dutch Lions FC U10's boys and girls

After a chaotic start of both teams, team White started to control the game. Central defender Tyler decided that the score had been long enough 0-0, so with a solo he scored the first goal, 1-0. After that, team White became finally sharper. With two good solos Jacob scored twice in row in a short time, 3-0. Goalkeeper Griffin had an assist; through a goal kick, the ball came to Devon who scored one on one with the goalkeeper, 4-0. The half time whistle blew.

After the break both teams were better organized and the players of both teams kept better position. An assist of Tyler on Devon made it 5-0. With a great cross of Devon to Griffin it became 6-0. A goal kick of team Blue went towards Jacob of team white, and he scored, 7-0. A great cross from Griffin went to Devon and he scored, 8-0. Another goal kick of team Blue went wrong; it landed to Griffin and Griffin scored, 9-0. The goalkeeper of team Blue had a nice save from a shot of Griffin, but in the rebound Devon scored, 10-0. A nice distance shot from Griffin hit the crossbar,  but Jacob managed to score in the rebound, 11-0. In a scrimmage in front of the goal Jacob scored the 12-0. Five minutes before the end of the game, Tyler made a foul on Maddox in the box, penalty. Unfortunately Maddox missed the penalty. Right before the end of time Jacob scored in a one on one situation. Final score: 13-0.

Houston Dutch Lions FC U11 – Texas Rush U11 10-2
Player of the week: Drake Talley
 


After one point out of two matches in the new league, the Lions knew they had to win this time. They had to face Texas Rush. Texas Rush gathered three points out of the first two matches. 
Before the game there were some worries for the Lions, captain Marcos had an injury and was not sure if he could play this game. Also Addie had a little injury and was also not sure if she could play. But luckily this did not affect the Lions.

The Lions started fresh and sharp in the game. It was a real difference compared to the last two weeks. Early in the game Julian made a solo along the sideline where he passed the ball, but in a scrimmage in front of the goal he got the ball back and scored. Unfortunately the referee called it offside. The goalkeeper of Rush took the free kick.  He made a mistake by passing the ball to Julian. Julian scored this easy chance, 1-0. After this goal the Lions kept on going creating chances. A nice cross ball from Ty went to Drake who shot the ball from three yards over the goal, it was just bad luck.

A rare counter attack from Rush made the score 1-1, it was a nice shot in top of the goal and no chance for goalkeeper Joey. Not even one minute after this setback, the Lions already scored the 2-1. It was Ty with the assist on Drake. After the 2-1, Drake shot the ball high in the air towards the goal of Rush. It went over their goalkeeper and went in, 3-1. A goal kick from Rush led to the 4-1, the goalkeeper passed it accidently to Sebastian, his shot was held by the goalkeeper but in the rebound Ty scored. With a nice solo of Julian it became 5-1. A nice corner of Ty seemed to become an easy target for the goalkeeper but it slipped through his hands and Drake scored, 6-1. After that goal the half time whistle blew.

The second half started out equally where both teams did not create many chances for a while. Finally, after ten minutes Sebastian scored, he stayed really calm and scored easily, 7-1. The Lions were sharp again and after a nice run Ty scored from little distance in the upper 90: a really beautiful goal, 8-1. In about one minute later drake scored the 9-1. 
A counter attack of Rush lead to 9-2 because the Lions were not really sharp at that counter attack. In the final minutes Julian made the last goal of the game by a good solo, 10-2. So final score: 10-2.

Let’s hope the Lions will keep it up in the following games. At least they can be confident!

Houston Dutch Lions FC U12 – Houston Express U12 
Player of the Week: Ethan Wessner

For a second weekend in a row the Houston Dutch Lions FC U12 faced a team from Houston Express. Our U12’s lost last game with 4-2 however, this weekend a win was brought home after a high level of play in this game.

Already in the first minute of the game the Lions found the back of the net. After a through ball our striker, Diego Gorjon, was there to control the ball where his shot couldn’t be stopped by the goalie, 1-0.

After the opening goal the Houston Express showed to pass the ball around easily. The opponent couldn’t get passed our players due to outstanding defending. Every time the opponent came close to our goal, a defender of the Lions kept his or her eyes on the ball making it impossible for the opponent to dribble passed them.

The Lions were able to continue that strategy. The Houston Express team had the ball possession but the Lions defended in a way that the opponent couldn’t get passed them. Due to the outstanding defending as a team from the U12’s, the score stayed 1-0 in favor of the Lions. 5 minutes before the end of the game, Daniel Ruiz, saw a gap and dribbled towards the goal. He couldn’t be stopped and scored the 2nd goal for the Lions. A great victory by the U12’s were the boys and girl showed to be a very very tough team to beat IF ALL PLAYERS play with the same mentality. Great job U12’s!!!   

Houston Dutch Lions FC U13/U14 – Houston Express Red
Player of the week: Jon Franks
Houston Dutch Lions FC U14 boys

The Players of the U13/U14 lost the game against Houston Express Red. They started the game with a good vibe because we had a good game on Thursday earlier that week. Everybody was willing to give everything on the field.  In the beginning of the game both teams were equal to each other. Unfortunately, the Squad of the Houston Dutch Lions FC couldn’t prevent the first goal of the opponent.  It is hard to defend a ball in the air when you are not so tall. And the opponent knew how to defeat us.
In the end of the first half our team started to play soccer and kept the ball on the ground. They passed the ball to each other and created chances. Luis had a great chance to make the first goal but unfortunately he missed. Juan missed a penalty kick and kicked the rebound on the crossbar. The luck was not on our side, but the Lions deserved more. If you just finish your chances then it could be an equal game. Despite we lost this game we did our very best and showed 100% effort.

Houston Dutch Lions FC U16 – ISA U16 1-2 (1-1)
Player of the week: Ryan Dobbs

Houston Dutch Lions FC U16 played against ISA U16. The start of the first half was amazing from the Lions. They dominated ISA and had chances to score more than one goal. The 1-0 for the Lions was a beautiful goal. Patrick delivered a good cross and Zachary finished his cross into the goal. After the goal, our Lions slowed a little bit down and that gave ISA the opportunity to attack more. ISA was getting stronger because the Lions gave too much space away between the lines. The 1-1 from ISA was not necessary if the Lions battled harder.

The second half the Lions recovered themselves and worked as a team again like they started out the first half. But also ISA showed more aggression and that made it an exciting game. Unfortunately it was ISA that took the lead and it was a beautiful finish from the opponent (2-1). The Lions didn’t gave up and fought hard to try to equalize the game. A perfect counter attack with Ryan and Collin was almost finished by Luis where Danny almost scored with a good shot from twenty yards out. Unfortunately the goalkeeper of ISA kept his goal clean the second half.

Houston Dutch Lions FC HFA – CSC Pan Am 5-0
Player of the week: Austin Crafts

The HFA Boys started the game against 9 players of CSC Pan Am. The squad of the Houston Dutch Lions FC had an easy morning.

The Lions showed some nice offensive chances and some great finishes. But overall, the lions had to score 10 more goals to deserve the definition of a ‘great game’. 
Austin scored the first goal of the game assisted by William. The second goal was the other way around, William scored, assisted by Austin. 
The fast pace slowed down after those two goals but the Lions managed to score 3 more times. The goals were scored by Chance, Kevin and Dennis. 
Overall, the Lions created many chances but couldn’t score more goals. Next game the Lions are facing Re United with a 9AM kick off. Great Job HFA Boys!

Houston Dutch Lions FC HFA Orange – TFC United 
Player of the Week: Jon Ethridge
Houston Football Association team

The HFA Orange squad of the Houston Dutch Lions FC had a 9:00am game against TFC United. The Orange squad struggled in the first half by not playing their own game, because the opponents did a great job not letting that happen. The team dribbled too much, made individual moves on places were this was not recommended. 

The off-side trap failed 10 minutes before half time, the fast striker of the opponent had a clear way to the goal and didn’t fail the one on one, 0-1.

In the second half the Lions stepped it up and showed better positioning play, which resulted in some small chances. 20 minutes before the end of the game the ball was passed to left forward Belal Nubani. His first control was towards the goal and just after the control he was knocked down. The referee awarded a penalty kick that was converted to a goal by striker Robbert, 1-1.

With a score of 1-1 both teams wanted the 3 points, both teams attacked and this resulted in an open last 15 minutes. No goals were made in the final minutes of the game; a tie was a fair result looking at the whole game. The Houston Dutch Lions FC HFA Orange will face KSC Oilers at 11:00am at Bear Creek this Sunday.

Posted by Marco Pruis November 04, 2014 Categories: Club News Game HFA Youth Academy

Thanksgiving Soccer Camp 

Friday, November 28th and Saturday November 29th, 2014

The Houston Dutch Lions FC and the Houston Aces will partner up and host an unique Soccer Camp During Thanksgiving. The Houston Aces is a top nation WPSL (Women's Professional Soccer League) squad and their players will bring in a huge boost for the girls playing soccer in the North Houston area. The Houston Aces Coaches and the Houston Dutch Lions Coaching Staff will guarantee a high quality soccer camp for both boys and girls! Houston Dutch Lions FC and the Houston Aces partner up

Get your Holiday Shopping a head start with our Thanksgiving Camp. If you need a place for your kids while you get your shopping done, the Thanksgiving Camp is perfect for you!

During the Thanksgiving Camp, the Houston Aces and the Houston Dutch Lions FC will provide enough drinking water for the players, a cool jersey to wear, energy breaks and optional breakfast.

Please contact our Manager Camps & Clinics Maarten van der Wal for any additional questions at m.vanderwal@hdlfc.com / 713-992-0745 or CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Friday, November 28th: 

  1. 8:00am – 12:00pm = $75,00 

  2. 6:00am – 12:00pm = $100,00 (early bird registration, breakfast included) 

Saturday, November 29th: 

  1. 8:00am – 12:00pm = $75,00 

  2. 8:00am – 4:00pm = $105,00 (lunch included) 

Specials

  1. Friday/Saturday Package: 8:00am till 12:00pm both days for $125,00 

  2. Friday/Saturday Early Bird Package: 6:00am till 12:00pm on Friday and 8:00am till 4:00pm on Saturday for $150,00 

Houston Dutch Lions FC Soccer Facility
14562 I-45 South
Conroe, Texas 77384

Please contact our Manager Camps & Clinics Maarten van der Wal for any additional questions at m.vanderwal@hdlfc.com / 713-992-0745 or register here:  

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Posted by Marco Pruis October 30, 2014 Categories: Camps Club News Schedule

Youth Academy and HFA game reports 10/25 and 10/26 

Houston Dutch Lions FC White U8 – Conroe Soccer Club U8 11-9
Player of the week: Sophia Saludares

It was an exciting game for the Lions U8 against Conroe U8 with a lot of goals! In the beginning it looked like the Lions played an easy game when they lead comfortable with 6-2. With good combinations the Lions tried to dominate the game and created a lot of chances. But Conroe don’t gave up and fought themselves back into the game. The Lions had to work hard to maintain the lead. Every time when Conroe tried to get back in the game the Lions scored and took the lead.

Houston Dutch Lions FC U8 versus Conroe Soccer Club U8

Also, in the second half, both teams scored a lot of goals and battled hard. This resulted into an open game were both teams wanted to score as many goals as possible. In the end, the score is 11-9 and the goals for the Lions were made by Sophia 6x, Declan 4x and Thomas 1x. A good game with a lot of goals for both teams but in the end the Lions showed they were a little bit better than the opponent.

Houston Dutch Lions FC U8 Orange – Houston Dutch Lions FC U8 Blue
Player of the week: Salem Sharif
 
Unbelievable comeback team blue
After ten minutes of playing it was already 6-0 for team orange, Sophia scored all of those goals and showed some nice skills. After ten minutes there was a water break. 

Houston Dutch Lions FC U8 boys and girls win!
After the water break Melvin of team orange scored, 7-0. Not long after the goal, Salem scored three times by showing his nice skills. Also, Noah found the net by scoring two goals in a row. From 7-0 the score turned to a 7-5 score at half time. 
After half time the blue team was on fire because of their comeback. Salem scored the 7-6. Noah scored the 7-7 and finally Salem put the Blue team in a lead, 8-7. After the lead Declan scored a hat trick for team blue, 11-7. Salem and Declan finished the game by both scoring a goal, 13-7. 
Final score: 13-7. Both teams had great periods of play in the game.

Houston Dutch Lions FC White U10 – Conroe Soccer U10 3-2
Player of the week: Tyler Skrehot

U10's beat Conroe Soccer Club U10 with 3-2
 
The Houston Dutch Lions FC White U10 played a good game this Saturday against Conroe U10. The Lions showed a great team performance on the field. With attacking soccer the Lions created good chances. Vladyslav, Devon and Jacob showed some beautiful skills and good shots on goal. Tyler played strong as a captain of the team and Griffin and Jacob Thrasher defended well. Our goalkeeper Declan had some good saves but couldn’t prevent that Conroe took the lead. But not long after the goal it was Griffin that brought the Lions back in the game with a beautiful shot in the upper 90 (1-1).

In the second half both teams were going for the win. First Conroe scored the 2-1 and later Jacob scored for the Lions 2-2. The game was almost over when the Lions deserved a penalty. Tyler played a strong game today and had the opportunity to score and to take the lead for the Lions.  He didn’t hesitate and shot the penalty in the goal. The Lions took the lead with 3-2 with only a few minutes left in the game. Conroe tried to tie the game, but the Lions gave everything to hold their lead and so they did!

The Houston Dutch Lions FC Orange U10 played against the HDL FC Blue U10.  It was a good game from both teams that ended up in a 7-4 win for the Orange team. The goals for Orange were scored by Cooper 2x, Vladyslav 3x, Lucas and Jackson. For the Blue team Maddox 3x and Christopher scored.

Houston Dutch Lions FC U11 – Liverpool U11
Player of the week: Ty Carnes
 
Lions show different sides of themselves
It was match day again, the Lions would play Liverpool, who they faced before in their first game of this season. That game was an unnecessarily tie, 1-1. This game got suspended after 35 minutes because of the lighting. The Lions got more than ten big chances, while Liverpool just got one. So with that in mind, an easy afternoon was expected, and time to take revenge.

In the beginning of the game it seemed that the expectations of an easy game became reality. After five minutes of play, Ty already scored, he received the ball in the box and he turned and scored, 1-0. The Lions kept dominating the game. In the tenth minute Julian was trying to cross the ball, but the opponent made a handball in his own box. The referee gave a deserved penalty. Julian took it by himself and with a low shot in the left corner of the goal and so he scored the 2-0.

After the 2-0, the game seemed to be decided already because the Lions were dominating the game. But out of nowhere Liverpool made a beautiful goal: it was a long distance shot in the upper corner of the goal, 2-1. From that moment Liverpool gained confidence while the Lions were shocked for a little bit. Not long after the 2-1, in a scrimmage in front of the goal, Liverpool also scored the 2-2. Five minutes before the halftime break, Liverpool even scored the 3-2 in another scrimmage in front of the goal. After this goal the Lions re-established themselves. Sebastian went one on one with the goalkeeper and passed the ball along the goalkeeper. He would have scored if the goalkeeper did not tackle him and therefore it was a free kick for the Lions close to the goal. Ty took it and beat the goalkeeper but unfortunately also the post, so no goal. Not long after the free kick we went into half time.

Houston Dutch Lions FC U11 ties with 4-4

The Lions started well in the second half as they created some chances but couldn’t score yet. After ten minutes of playing in the second half Sebastian scored, 3-3. There was hope for the Lions again. But one minute after this goal Liverpool scored another beautiful long distance shot, 4-3. It was a real setback for our Lions because they finally had hope again after the 3-3. But despite this setback, they kept on going; they really showed that they at least would take a point in this game.

Julian missed a free kick but it was pretty close to the goal. Julian also scored a goal, but it was off side. Patrick, who did not play the first half because of a headache, became left- winger in the last five minutes of the game. And three minutes before the end of the game, it was Patrick that scored the 4-4. After this 4-4 Ty even got the chance of winning the game, but he was hesitating too long between passing the ball or shooting the ball. Final score: 4-4.

Houston Dutch Lions FC U12 – Houston Express U12
Players of the week: Timothy & Mathew Silva

Last Saturday the U12’s played the best 2nd half of the season so far, unfortunately no wins for the boys and girls as they fought an incredible game. 

Houston Dutch Lions FC U12's

In the first half the opponent of today, Houston Express, showed to be a good opponent and one were our boys and girl needed to step up their own level. As the opponent scored two goals in the first half the Houston Dutch Lions FC stepped it up in the second half and played an amazing half. The team fought for every duel, dominated the game and created many chances. First it was Daniel who scored the 2-1 bringing the Lions back into the game. Just minutes after this goal a free kick from Christian ended on the crossbar. His great free kick from 25 yards should have deserved more. But 5 minutes later the equalizer was there, from a corner kick Christian headed the ball in the back of the net with a beautiful diving header (as we see Klaas Jan Huntelaar do a lot), 2-2!

The Lions kept on dominating the play and in the back defenders William, Logan and Ethan kept on winning their duels. In the final 10 minutes of the game the Express team scored two goals from far distance, with these two goals the team won the game with 4-2 where the Lions can be proud of their performance. A second half that we have not seen this season, a great mentality from the whole team were they showed to be a great team!

Houston Dutch Lions FC U13/U14 – Texans North
Player of the week: Mark Cantu

The Houston Dutch Lions FC U14’s played against Texans North Last Saturday. The game started at 4:00pm and the U14’s were eager to end up with a good result. 

In the first 20 minutes of the game both teams were equal to each other. Both teams had some chances, but they couldn’t score a goal. In the 26th minute, our defense miss kicked the ball and the striker of Texans North scored the first goal of the game. Despite the opponent scored we had the game under control.  The U14’s played as a team!

The Houston Dutch Lions FC gave a lot of pressure towards forward in the first minutes of the second half. They worked so hard to make a goal. Eventually the opponent scored their second goal in a counter. The Lions deserved a goal, but we couldn’t make one.  We were dominating in the final minutes of the game.  Unfortunately we didn’t win the game, but we gave a good performance. We want to give 100% effort and so we did! Good stuff Lions!

The Houston Dutch Lions FC HFA – Celtic Boys
Player of the week: Chance Bergen

The Squad of the Houston Dutch Lions FC played another league game last Sunday against Celtic Boys with a 3.00PM kick-off at Bear Creek Park.
Houston Dutch Lions FC HFA squad
The HFA Boys started the game with the focus of 200%, because we had to start with 2 men down. Despite Celtic Boys had this advantage; our Houston Dutch Lions FC was the better team. In the 16th minute of the game, Kevin had a great shot on goal and scored the first goal of the game. 15 minutes later Austin came through on the flank and gave a nice cross ball in front of the goal. Dennis tipped the ball in the goal at the second post, and so it was 2-0 for the Houston Dutch Lions FC HFA.

In the beginning of the second half, both teams had 11 players on the field again. Despite we had enough players on the field it seems that is was harder to score a goal. We dominate the game in the second half and had more than enough chances. In the 65th minute of the game Alberto made a good combination with JP and gave a great pass the ball to Chance. Chance had no mercy and scored the third goal of the game. The squad of the Houston Dutch Lions FC kept on going with creating chances, but they couldn’t score. Hector scored eventually the final goal of the game. We did a good job in the beginning of the game, but we should have scored more goals in the second half.

Next week we are facing TFC United with a 9:00am kickoff.  I would like to thank our fans for the support at our side! GO LIONS!

Houston Dutch Lions FC Orange – Brocolona 0-1
Player of the week: John Ethridge

The Orange squad had to play against the number 1 team of the league table. Brocolona showed in the first half that they have a good team and the Lions had to give everything to make to compete against them. In the first half the Lions didn’t play well. We forgot how to communicate and because of that, a lot of players didn’t mark there opponent. Brocolona had all the space on the midfield whereas the Lions couldn’t stay in position. When the referee blew the whistle for a penalty for Brocolona, they score and took the lead (1-0).

The second half was much better than the first half. Everybody was marking his opponent and battled hard. The Lions took more risk by pressuring the opponent on there half. It gave the Lions a few opportunities and one big chance. A beautiful pass from Gerson between the defenders gave Robbert the chance to score but unfortunately he missed in front of the goalkeeper. Also, the Lions should have a penalty after a handball but the referee didn’t blew his whistle.  

Brocolona had a few good counter attacks whereas they had the chance to decide the game. But because Brocolona hesitated too much, it gave our defenders and goalkeeper the chance to throw themselves in front of the ball to block the shots. In the last minute, the Houston Dutch Lions FC Orange took all the risk when they got their final corner. Only Luis stayed behind and the rest where all in the box. Unfortunately, the Lions didn’t got the chance to shoot the ball in the goal and the referee whistles for the end of the game.

Posted by Marco Pruis October 28, 2014 Categories: Club News Game HFA Teams Youth Academy

Youth Academy and HFA game reports 10/18 and 10/19 

Houston Dutch Lions FC U8 - Conroe Soccer Club U8
Player of the week: Salim Shariff

Great game from the Lions U8 against Conroe U8! From the beginning the Lions had the better field play. A couple of times in the game the Lions showed some beautiful combinations on the field and Conroe didn’t have an answer. The Lions worked together and where strong in the battles. Salim and Declan found each other easily and also the individual movements from Salim were amazing. Even our goalkeeper was important by one of the goals. Griffin passed the ball to his brother Declan and he finished the ball into the net, it was a goal made through brotherly play! Also in the second half the Lions where dominating the game and scored beautiful goals. Santi was unlucky with his chances but Salim and Declan scored the chances easily. The score after 40 minutes was 7-3 for the Lions and they showed a good game and can be proud of each other!

Also our other U8 teams played a game against each other. Sophia brought her team to a 1-0 lead, but not much later Joaquin put the 1-1 on the scoreboard. After that goal, the U8 with Thomas, Joaquin, Salim and Declan were almost unstoppable and scored a lot of goals. The other team with Sophia, Melvin, Robert and Mathew where trying hard to get back in the game. In the end the score was 10-2 for Thomas, Joaquin, Salim and Declan.

Houston Dutch Lions FC U10 White – Houston Dutch Lions FC U10 Orange
Player of the week: Jacob Paggioli & Lucas Ploch

Strong comeback team Orange

U10 squad off the Houston Dutch Lions FC

It was team white that started out really well at this game; it was just waiting for the goals. Very early in the game Griffin scored via a nice cross of Jacob, 1-0. A few minutes after this goal it was the other way, this time it was Griffin with a nice corner and Jacob who scored, 2-0. Two minutes after this goal it was again Griffin with the cross to Jacob; yet again another goal, 3-0. One minute after that goal Jacob had a great solo and put the 4-0 on the scoreboard. After 10 minutes, team white was already 4-0 up, a real flying start for team white. Right before half time team orange did something in return, via Lucas they finally scored their first goal of the game, 4-1.

In the second half team orange had a real flying start, after one minute playing in the second half Lucas scored his second goal of the game, 4-2. Three minutes after that, Vladyslav made it 4-3. The game got exciting again. Team white had to recover from their disappointing start. After a few minutes, Tyler, made a great solo and scored 5-3. Despite the setback for team orange, they kept on fighting. Vladyslav scored the 5-4 and two minutes after that he scored the 5-5. Team orange was from that moment really motivated to win the game, they finally believed in it again. This caused the 6-5 five minutes before the full time whistle, for team Orange via Lucas. Team white tried to save the game by a final offensive play, but there was not enough time left anymore. Final score: 6-5.

Houston Dutch Lions FC U10 – Conroe Soccer Club U10
Player of the week: Maddox Feldott

It was a though game for the Lions against Conroe. In the first half, the Lions created a few good chances. The pressure from Conroe was growing but the Lions fought well together. After a few chances Conroe took the lead. But a lot of the chances Conroe created where saved by our great goalkeeper Maddox. He showed some incredible saves and kept Conroe from scoring a lot more goals. For the Lions Kendall, Kayla and Joseph almost found the net. By half time the score was 2-0 for Conroe.

In the second half the Lions gave too much space away. Conroe used the space and where able to score more goals. The Lions couldn’t fight themselves back in the game. Conroe won almost every battle on the field; they scored a couple more goals and won the game with 7-0.

Houston Dutch Lions FC U11 – SC FC 04 White U11
Player of the week: Nicholas Armstrong
Houston Dutch Lions FC U11's boys and girls

The first opponent in the new league for the Houston Dutch Lions FC was SC FC. SC FC was also in the previous leagues one of the opponents of the Houston Dutch Lions FC. Due to some rain outs we couldn’t play against SC FC yet and therefore, Saturday was the first time the Lions faced SC FC.

While SC FC started out strong and sharp at the game, the Lions weren’t awake yet at the beginning of the game. In the first 20 minutes, our Lions conceded two early goals. Even though the first goal came from an off-side play, the referee did not noticed it and called it a goal. After those two goals, the Houston Dutch Lions FC finally woke up where they pressured the opponent and were finally attacking.

Soon after this wake up, the Lions scored via Julian whereas he had a nice solo and scored, 2-1. Not long after the goal the referee blew his whistle for the half time break.

In the second half, the Lions started out yet again not focused. However, the Lions found a way to tie the game via another goal of Julian, 2-2. In the mean time goalkeeper Joey did a good job by having some good saves. But SC FC kept going on attacking and scored the 3-2. Also after the 3-2 they kept attacking and via a miscommunication between Marcos and Addie, SC FC scored again, 4-2. Again, this goal woke up the Lions and got a few small chances. Due to a mistake of SC FC’s defenders Patrick could score the 4-3. After the 4-3 there were only three minutes to play left, so not enough time to score another goal. Final score: 4-3.

This week we got an unnecessary loss. If we were more focused and stronger next time, we have no reason to panic after this loss.

Houston Dutch Lions FC U12 – RSS Orange U12
Player of the week: Christian Keller

Houston Dutch Lions FC U12 boys and girls

After the first 5 games (and collecting 13 points), the opponent from today was one of a higher level. The Houston Dutch Lions FC U12 lost the game in the first part of the game. There wasn’t enough pressure on the ball and the opponent wasn’t kept away from our goal enough. After the first 10 minutes the boys and girl started to compete with the opponent, creating some chances throughout the first half. 

Just before half time it was Christian Keller who found the back of the net twice in two great moves by the team. In the second half, the Lions showed character as they fought for the duels and created changes. The team showed overall that they could compete on a higher level but that they needed to be focused right away from the start. Next week the team will get a new chance, a new opportunity to show the parents that they can do better and that they have improved!

Houston Dutch Lions FC U14 – Klein Crossfire
Player of the week:  Jon Franks

Our Houston Dutch Lions FC U14 squad started out within a new bracket/league against Klein Crossfire. The Lions had an 8AM kickoff at Meyer Park.

Houston Dutch Lions FC U14's

The Houston Dutch Lions FC wanted to stay in the winning mood like last week. In the beginning the U13/U14 were eager to win the ball back whenever they lost it. They had some good moments of playing soccer in the first 45 minutes. However, it was the opponent that scored with some luck the first 3 goals in their advantage.  Unfortunately the U13/14’s couldn’t stop the scoring machine of Klein Crossfire in the second half. It was difficult for us to defend the strikers of the opponent whereas those strikers were highly skilled.  
Also, the U13/U14 learned a lesson last Saturday: Soccer is a team sport and everybody has to work for it on the field. Never give up!
The Houston Dutch Lions FC will be there next Saturday to play soccer as a team!
GO LIONS!!

Houston Dutch Lions FC U16 – Texans U16
Player of the week: Tyler Hardsteen

Our U16’s played one of the better games of the season whereas a few weeks ago the team faced the same opponent and lost 4-2. The Houston Dutch Lions FC U16’s played with a very strong organization; the defenders stood their ground and prevented the opponent from coming close to our goal.

The U16’s found a way to approach the goal and wanted to use the sides. Left back Patrick Garland played a strong game and was very determined in his duels, his overlap was a constant threat for the opponent. 

Houston Dutch Lions FC U16's

The U16’s controlled the defense and midfield; unfortunately the difficulty was challenging the goalkeeper from the Texans. That the team lost with 1-0 was unnecessary, overall the boys played a strong game and can be proud of their mentality going into the pitch. When showing the right attitude the team will get those Wins!’

Houston Dutch Lions FC HFA – Real MC Futbol Club 1-4
Player of the week:  Cameron Free

The Squad of the Houston Dutch Lions FC HFA earns next round in the Memorial Cup!

Houston Dutch Lions FC HFA squad wins their Cup game in the HFA

The HFA boys played in round 1 of the Memorial cup against Real MC Futbol Club. It was a sunny Sunday with a lot of supporters from our side. It is always appreciated that our fans show their support for our Houston Dutch Lions FC.

The lions started the game unfocused. Real MC Futbol Club had the ball more often because we lost the ball too quick. At first we created a few chances, however the opponent deserved the goal. They scored the 1-0 after 30 minutes.  This goal was a wakeup call of our Squad of the Houston Dutch Lions FC. We gave more pressure towards the goal of the opponent and we had some good shots on target.  Right before halftime Cameron scored the 1-1 by making a perfect solo and took a shot that ended up in the goal.

After halftime the Lions were eager to win this game.  In the 53rd minute Hector had a great header assisted by Cameron. Compared to the first half, the Lions were more aggressive to the ball. They gave al lot of pressure and they did that as a team. Nice to see that the squad of the Houston Dutch Lions FC can recover themselves and they are willing to take that extra step on the field.
The HDL FC kept on going to score goals. Dennis Kroeze scored his first goal of this season by placing the ball professionally into the net from a cross of a free kick. Caio, our winger scored the last goal of the game assisted by Chance. Good Stuff!

Overall the Houston Dutch Lions FC won the game and will go to the next round in the Memorial Cup. Next game in the Memorial cup would be in the third week of November.  Next week we are facing the Celtic Boys for the regular league. Great job guys. GO LIONS!

Houston Dutch Lions FC Orange – DC O’Brian 6-0
Player of the week: Robbert Kroeze

In the first round of the Shield Cup the Orange team played against DC O’Brian. The Lions were expected to dominate the entire game because the opponent plays in a lower division. In the first half the Lions weren’t awake and played in a low pace. Because the opponent didn’t have a good team, the Lions had it easy and maybe that is the reason that we underestimated them. The Lions still had a couple of great opportunities to score five, six goals but couldn’t finish. Sometimes you can say that you are unlucky with the finishing touch, but if the chances are that big then you need to have a killer instinct! When the Lions got a penalty kick the 1-0 is finally on the scoreboard by Jorge. Before all the substitutions came in, they get instructions and know that the field play has to go better. When the subs came in they followed their coach's instructions and right away Robbert scored a beautiful goal. He shot the ball from 25 yards in the upper 90, 2-0.

Houston Dutch Lions FC HFA Orange squad wins with 6-0!

The second half was much better than the first half. Orange showed better position play with good combinations. DC O’Brian can only try to keep us from scoring, but the condition of the young Orange players is much better than the condition from the older players of the opponent. Robbert was on fire and scored three more goals after good preparation from his teammates. Finally, Christiaan scored the 6-0.

Next week the Lions playing a league game against Brocelona FC.

Posted by Marco Pruis October 21, 2014 Categories: Club News Game HFA Teams Youth Academy

Youth Academy and HFA game reports 10/11 and 10/12 

Houston Dutch Lions FC U8 White – Houston Dutch Lions FC U8 Blue
Player of the week: Tomas Puente Teixidor (white) and Salem Sharif (blue)

Both teams started out very motivated into the game. After a few minutes, white took the lead via Tomas. Tomas scored a great goal, 1-0. A few minutes later Tomas scored again, with another nice goal, 2-0.
This time it was Salem from team blue with a chance, he beat the goalkeeper but hit the post, no goal. Right after, Declan of team white scored with a great solo, 3-0. After that goal we went into water break.
One minute after the break it was again Declan with a solo that scored, 4-0. A few minutes later team Blue finally did something back. Salem scored a beautiful goal, 4-1. After that both teams got chances to score another goal, but both did not score. So the half time whistle blew.

Houston Dutch Lions FC U8 teams

One minute after half time, Salem made the game exciting again, by scoring the 4-2. A few minutes long it looked like team blue would score again, but against all odds, Tomas of team white scored, 5-2.  Despite the goal, team blue was not ready to give up and so they kept fighting for it and they scored the deserved 5-3. The goal was scored by Salem. Another water break followed. 
After the water break, both teams were equal to each other, both teams fought very hard. Despite that, it was Declan who scored twice in the last ten minutes, final score: 7-3. 
It was a good game from both teams with great motivation and mentality from everyone.

Houston Dutch Lions FC U8 Orange – Conroe Soccer Club U8   
Player of the week: Sophia Saludares

The Lions U8 lost their game against Conroe U8. Conroe started out good and took the lead. Sophia had a few good movements but was unlucky with finishing her shots on goal. The Lions were getting stronger in the game but Conroe had more power in the battles and it was hard to stop them. Mathew, Robert, Melvin and Santi worked hard in the defense but unfortunately Conroe was able to score more goals.

Houston Dutch Lions FC U7 and U8 boys and girls

Overall Conroe deserved the win but the Lions U8 showed a lot of improvement in the game. They kept on fighting till the end and that is a great mentality from the Houston Dutch Lions FC U8!

Houston Dutch Lions FC White U10 – Houston Dutch Lions FC Blue U10
Player of the week: Tyler Skrehot

In this game we had two teams that showed good positioning play and some good skills on the field. The only difference between the teams was that one team had more power in the attack. In the first half, the white team took a lead. The goals were scored by Tyler, Griffin and Jacob.

Houston Dutch Lions FC U10 Blue vs White

In the second half, the blue team showed more power in the battles and better field play. They created some chances but they were unlucky in finishing them. The blue team played much better in the second half but the white team scored more goals. Tyler, Jacob and Khalvani made the goals.

Houston Dutch Lions FC U10 – Conroe Soccer Club U10 6-7
Player of the week: Vladyslav Froimson

The HDL FC U10 and Conroe U10 played an exited game this Saturday. Both teams played attacking soccer and created a lot of chances. Also the position play and the movements that the players showed were beautiful to watch. In the first half the Lions took the lead. Dustin was able to score the 1-0 after a good pass from Vladyslav. It was raining goals in the first half and at half time Conroe leads with 5-3. Vladyslay and Dustin scored in the first half. 

Houston Dutch Lions FC U10 Orange plays a great game

In the second half, both teams showed that they both wanted to win this game. Both teams created a lot of chances and a lot of goals. In the end it was Conroe that won the game with 7-6, but this game could have gone both sides.

Houston Dutch Lions FC U12 – Texans SC U12 5-1 (3-0)
Player of the Week: Daniel Ruiz

On Saturday, October 11th the make up game against the Texans SC U12 was scheduled at Lindsay Lyons. From the first minute on, the Lions were aggressive on the ball and striker Daniel created a chance right away. Just one minute later our forward Michelle Campbell found the back of the net scoring the first goal of the game (and her first goal of the season), 1-0.

Houston Dutch Lions FC U12 wins again

The Lions kept on pressuring forward, not giving the opponent the chance to come back in the game. Daniel Ruiz scored the 2-0.

Just minutes after the 2-0 our striker Daniel made an impressive individual move were he found Mathew Silva at the second post. The cross went through the air and found the head of Mathew. His header just went over the goal, beautiful attack!

Daniel found another way to score his 2nd goal of the game just before half time making it 3-0. 

In the 2nd half, the team continued the same style of play, lots of pressure on the ball and not being afraid to force the opponent to pass quickly. The opponent didn’t get any time to control the ball. This resulted in one more goal from Daniel bringing his total in this season to 11 in just 4 (!) games. Central defender/midfielder Logan Peterson also found the back of the net. That the Texans SC also scored was purely for the stats, the result of 5-1 was a convincing one, something the boys and girl can be proud off!

Texans SC -  Houston Dutch Lions FC U13/U14 (2-3)
Player of the week: All the players of the U13/U14

The U13/U14’s won their first game at Meyer Park against the Texans Last Saturday!
With a 25-minute delay it was not sure if the game was going on. Luckily for us, the thunder and lightning went away and therefore we could start the game.

Despite the delay, the Lions had more time to get their focus on the game. From the beginning of the game, they were eager to end up the game with a win.
After 13 minutes into the game the Texans came with a lucky ball to score the 1-0.. But The Lions wouldn’t give up. We gave more pressure towards their defense and we conquered the ball as soon as possible.  23 minutes in the game,  Juan made some nice combinations throughout the left flank with Luis. Eventually Juan took a shot and scored the 1-1!

Houston Dutch Lions FC U14 wins!

After halftime the Lions created more chances. We had more ball possession and everybody worked very hard! We did a good job, but sometimes we took unnecessary risks in the defense. And therefore the Texans took the 2-1 lead. We had 30 minutes left in the game and everyone was convinced that the win was in our hands! The lions had a nice attack throughout the left side by Luis. Luis gave a very nice cross ball and the one and only Alvaro Alvarado scored our second goal for The Lions. After Alvaro’s goal, we gave a lot of pressure towards the goal of the Texans.  We just knew that the winning goal was coming. It was Grand who chipped the ball over the goalkeeper after the rebound from a corner kick. He did that with his left foot. Well done! Well done everybody! A Big, big compliment towards the group! Our U13/U14’s played as a team and did this together. I am proud of the way the Lions pulled out this victory. Nicely done!

GO LIONS!

Houston Dutch Lions FC HFA – Texans Express (1-3)
Player of the week: Chance Bergen

The HDL FC HFA squad lost for the first time against Texans Express in harsh weather conditions.

Houston Football Association

The game had a 15-minute delay because of the lightning. The circumstances were very bad during the game. The Lions scored the first goal from 12 yards. Chance took the PK and did that perfect. After the first goal, the field and the weather played a big part in this game. It had nothing to do with soccer anymore. The ball was not rolling anymore and the field was slippery. We just tried to kick the ball forward and win the duels offensively. It was not safe for the players.  The Texans Express scored 3 times. In the end, the score was 1-3 for the Texans.  We’ll see the Texans Express again with better weather conditions.  Next game is for the Memorial Cup. This Sunday we play at 1pm against Real MC Futbol Club. Let’s hope we can play on a better field with better weather conditions.

Houston Dutch Lions FC Orange – International United 1-2 (1-0)
Player of the week: Mike Cantu

Dominating, playing attacking soccer and many chances: but in the end the Houston Dutch Lions FC Orange had zero points. That is the story of the game we played last Sunday and you could say a déjà vu from the game before. In the entire game the Lions was the better team. In the first half the Lions took a lead. A good cross from Ryan reached Christiaan and he scored the 1-0 for the Lions. Despite this goal we still couldn’t finish the chance after the goal and throughout the whole game. In soccer they always say ‘’as long the opponent is one goal down they still believe in a result’’. This is what we talked about in the break. We had to score another goal.

Houston Dutch Lions FC HFA Orange squad

The second half was the same as the first half. The Lions where the dominant team and United just waited for there counter moments. Again, the Lions created good chances but yet again no finishing. And to make it even worse, we helped United by an own goal back in the game (1-1). Mentally this is hard when you are so much better and it’s even harder when united scores the 2-1 out of a counter-attack. Houston Dutch Lions FC Orange had to take all the risk in the last minutes of the game. Almost every player was in the front of the United goal but it was not enough to score.

The best team doesn’t always win. You see it at every level in soccer. We can only blame ourselves that we missed so many chances. Keep your heads up, be strong (mentally), train hard and in the end we will get what we want: WINS!

Posted by Marco Pruis October 13, 2014 Categories: Club News Game HFA Teams Youth Academy
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