Houston Dutch Lions FC U10 – Conroe Soccer U10 3-5
Player of the week: Cooper
The Houston Dutch Lions FC U10 lost 3-5 against Conroe Soccer U10. With good position play the Lions tried to create chances. Conroe showed good field plays. In the first half, Conroe took the lead and the Lions tried to come back into the game. The Lions created a few chances but the goalkeeper from Conroe had some good saves.
In the second half, the Lions were fighting hard but Conroe was getting stronger. A few times, the Lions defended well but unfortunately Conroe scored four times and took a 0-5 lead. A big compliment for our Lions, because they fought hard to get back in the game and got rewarded to score 3 goals with five minutes left of playing time! What a great mentality guys!
Club Mexico U11 – Houston Dutch Lions FC U11 2-1
Player of the week: Joey Rudnicki
Finally it was Saturday, match day. Second place Houston Dutch Lions FC played against the number one; Club Mexico. To become number one of the league for at least one week, the Houston Dutch Lions FC had to win over Club Mexico.
After the first two games where the Houston Dutch Lions FC completely dominated, the Houston Dutch Lions FC were confident for this match against the number one in the League. In the first half, it did not take long before Club Mexico scored, 1-0. The Lions got several good chances to equalize the game. But, despite the hard work it was Club Mexico who scored again, 2-0.
During the break, coach Christiaan motivated his players; he told them what a great job they did with one man down. The Lions agreed on giving everything they have in the second half.
The second half the Lions began a little unorganized. Therefore Club Mexico got a few little chances, but goalkeeper Joey did great work to keep the opponents from scoring. After those few chances the Lions became better organized and created some good attacks. Julian showed some great runs along the sideline.
The Lions were getting better and better. Ty had great passes as a midfielder. Patrick, Marcos and Addie did great work as defenders, they knew how to stop Club Mexico's attackers and when they weren't able to, there was always our goalkeeper Joey.
After some great attacks of the Lions, Julian made another great run along the sideline. He crossed the ball in front of the goal where Sebastian was able to touch the ball softly where it went slowly in the goal, 2-1. The Lions finally got hope again.
From that moment on, the Lions were the only attacking team, but couldn't create big chances anymore. The final whistle blew; final score: 2-1.
Despite the defeat, the Lions can be very proud of themselves. They showed good game play and did a great job in the beginning having one man down. The Lions can be confident for their next game.
Houston Dutch Lions FC U12 – Space City U12 2-2 (0-0)
Player of the Week: Logan Peterson
After 2 great victories by the Houston Dutch Lions FC U12’s the boys and girl saw their first tie of the season against Space City U12. In an enjoyable game for the spectators, the Houston Dutch Lions FC struggled the first 5 minutes of the game, but found control of the game midway through the first half.
Both teams created some small chances in the exciting first half but no goals for both teams. There was a moment where Mathew Silva showed perfect determination in a duel, made his way towards the goalkeeper and scored. Unfortunately the advantage play was not seen by the referee and gave a free kick only.
The second half started with a beautiful goal from Daniel Ruiz. His finish was unstoppable for the goalkeeper and the Lions had their deserving 1-0 lead in the game. After the early goal in the second half the Lions kept on creating chances, but time after time the chances were not promoted into a goal. Therefore, Space City was still alive in this game. Between the 55th and 57th minute the game changed drastically. Two individual mistakes were promoted by Space City into a goal giving them the, surprising, 1-2 lead. With only 3 minutes to be played, the Lions pressured the goal. With his last energy, Daniel Ruiz went up to the goal and his strike found the back of the net making it 2-2.
A well deserved point for both teams, if the Lions would be a little more determined in front of the goal they would have scored at least two more goals.
SC FC vs Houston Dutch Lions FC U13/14 7-1
Player of the week: Luis Machado
The Houston Dutch Lions FC U13/U14 played their second game of this season, with a 10:00am kick off at Dad’s Club. After the game cancelations last week the U13’s and U14’s were eager to play their second game of the season.
The Lions started the game against SC FC with 100% effort. Despite we had some goals against us in the first half, the Lions worked hard and showed great mentality. Our Lions tried to pass the ball around to control ball possession.
In the second half, the Lions agreed to do their very best to score a goal. And they did! The goal came from a good offensive attack on the left side. Luis dribbled towards the goal and took a shot of 20 yards. Goal! A well-deserved goal came from their hard work and great effort on the field. Even though we lost the game with 7-1, the guys improved with hard work. The Lions deserved a better result despite a few personal mistakes.
Next week the U13/U14's are facing South Belt Select at El Franco Lee Park, with a 12:00pm kickoff. The Lions will give everything for a win!
Houston Express U16 – Houston Dutch Lions FC U16 4-0 (1-0)
(Players of the week: Carter, Tylor, Colby, Ryan, Colin, Patrick, Mitchell, Andre and Zachary!)
The Houston Dutch Lions FC U16’s played at Dad’s Club Park against Houston Express U16’s. The Lions had to face a big challenge before the game already by beginning the game with two men down. It’s so hard when people let the team down. You can see the frustration in the eyes of the nine players.
With a defensive plan the Lions went into the field. In the first half the Houston Express had no solution breaking the wall because the Lions worked so hard together. The Lions almost finished the first half with 0-0. Unfortunately seconds before half time Houston Express scores the 1-0. Also in the second half the Lions defended so well together and put all their energy into the game. The mentality of these nine players was incredible. They didn’t give up and put all their frustrations in this game in a positive way. At the end, it was only 4-0 for the Houston Express and that is a big compliment to our 9 Houston Dutch Lions FC U16!
What would the game be like if it was 11 vs. 11 players? That is a question that only can be answered if the team was complete. Today I saw the frustration of nine guys and I totally understand. I saw them fighting with everything they had and that makes me proud of you guys!
Soccer is a team sport! Think about it. Why do you choose to play soccer? It’s because you enjoy the game and want to get the best out of yourself and out of each other! You do it together (Team spirit!). That’s the gateway for success! Never let the team down, you will need each other!
Houston Dutch Lions FC HFA Orange – FC United of Barnstoneworth 4-0 (1-0)
Player of the Week: Robbert Kroeze
A beautiful and well-deserved victory for the Houston Dutch Lions FC HFA Orange, the team showed huge improvements and dominated this 3rd league game with great positioning play. Everywhere on the field, the boys tried to play the passing game and created triangles. The fans saw a dominating HFA Orange squad that couldn’t score until the 40th minute. Robbert Kroeze scored, probably, the goal of his career with a volley from 25 yards that landed exactly in the upper corner, 1-0!
In the second half we saw the same dominating style of play, even though the fans had to wait till the 70th minute to see more goals and the field play was nice to watch. Again, it was Robbert Kroeze who scored a beautiful goal, with a half bicycle kick, his shot was, yet again, unstoppable for the goalkeeper (2-0 for the Lions).
In the minutes that followed we saw a perfect cross from Mike Cantu landing exactly in front of Renato Mendoza who saw the easy task of heading the ball into the goal, and scoring his first goal of the season!
With only 5 minutes left in the game, Gerson Hernandez found a way to score his 2nd goal of the season, inside the 18- yard box, his header was yet again unstoppable by the goalkeeper, 4-0. And so a beautiful victory for the Houston Dutch Lions FC HFA Orange squad, and well deserved by the mentality the players brought into the field, great game!
Houston Dutch Lions FC HFA – Barnstoneworth United FC
Player of the week: Cameron Free
After the Memorial cup game last week the squad of The Houston Dutch Lions FC played their third game of this season. With a 9am kickoff at Bear Creek Park the Lions were eager to win this game.
The HFA Boys started the game with a good mentality. The squad played the ball around and waited for the opportunity to create chances. We would like to dominate the game. And so we did. Eventually you want to win the game, so we have to score a goal. Our new goal Keeper Michael Ross had a good interception and gave the ball quickly to Cameron. Cameron sends Austin away into the space and he had a great finish.
After halftime we agreed that we had to score more goals to secure the win. The opponent scored by luck the 1-1. Even though the opponent tied the game, we as a team didn’t panic and controlled the game. Eventually we scored the winning goal with a Penalty Kick. Barnstoneworth United FC made a handball in the 18-yard box. Cameron scored the PK and we ended up in a 2-1 win! The Lions are still undefeated in this competition! Therefore, I would like to give my compliments to our team for the great effort. Next week we are facing Furry Black for the regular league. We already played against them for the Memorial Cup and we are doing our very best to win this game. The game starts at 9:00am. Good job guys!