Houston Dutch Lions FC U8 – Conroe Soccer U8
Player of the week: Declan Miller
The first half of the game started out a little soft from both sides. There were a few chances for both teams, but there was not much intensity yet into the game. In the end of the first half, the Lions were better than Conroe but they did not find the chance to put their goal keeper under pressure.
In the second half, the Lions played really good. They were very aggressive on the ball and they had some nice combinations between Tomas and Joaquin. However, suddenly Conroe scored the 0-1.
Two minutes after this goal, Declan, who defended very solid this game, scored from a corner kick 1-1. The Lions were the better team in the next minutes few of the game and it looked like the Lions would win the game, however, then they had to score first.
After the short water break the Lions kept on fighting. Santi did a really great job by keep pressuring the Conroe players. After a few missed chances for the Lions, Declan made a great solo en scored finally the 2-1. After the 2-1 there were still five minutes to play. In that five minutes, Conroe had some good attacks, but Declan kept on defending very solid and therefore the Lions won the game: final score: 2-1.
Houston Dutch Lions FC U10 – Conroe Soccer U10 2-6
Player of the week: Joseph
The Houston Dutch Lions FC U10 lost 6-2 against Conroe Soccer U10. The Lions started out good and created the first two chances with Kendall and Joseph. After that, Conroe got stronger into the game and took a quick lead. The Lions tried to come back into the game by working hard together.
In the second half, the Lions were fighting hard but Conroe was able to take a 5-0 lead. However, the Lions didn’t give up and gave more pressure. That resulted into two goals for the Lions by Joseph (penalty) and Maddox (2-5). The Lions tried to score more goals but unfortunately Conroe scored one more time and won the game with 6-2.
Houston Dutch Lions FC U10 Orange – Houston Dutch Lions FC U10 White
Players of the week: Jacob Paggoli & Vladyslav Froimson
At the beginning of the game, both teams were really equal to each other. After a few minutes from the beginning, Team Orange got a few chances. After those few chances Jacob knew finally how to bypass goalkeeper Vladyslav with a great solo, 1-0 orange.
After the goal, the teams were equal yet again to each other. Team White got a big chance but was not able to pass the goalkeeper. Then Jacob made another good solo and scored again, 2-0 Team orange.
Then for ten minutes, both teams got some good chances but did not score. After those ten minutes Team orange got a corner kick, the goalkeeper cleared the corner kick, but in the rebound Griffin scored, 3-0 Team orange. Two minutes after this goal Jacob made his hat trick complete with again a great solo, 4-0. A few minutes after this goal the referee blew the whistle, half time.
Team White began very good and aggressive on the ball in the second half. Therefore Team orange lost their organization sometimes. Team White got a few chances in a row, but did not score. After ten minutes in the second half, Griffin scored with a nice solo, 5-0, team Orange. This goal was unexpected because Team white was in the second half the team with the most chances.
Despite the setback, team white kept going on attacking. And finally they rewarded themselves: Jackson gave a nice pass to Lucas and Lucas scored, 5-1. Not long after that team white scored another goal, again it was Lucas, this time a solo, 5-2. Team White kept on attacking, missed a few chances and got a deserved penalty kick whereas Vladyslav got tackled in the box. He took the penalty by himself and scored, 5-3. The match became a real game again, but there was not much time left for team white. So final score: 5-3.
Both teams did a great job and can be confident for their next games next week.
Houston Dutch Lions FC U12 – Texas Rush U12 5-2 (4-0)
Player of the game: Daniel Ruiz
After 3 games played, 2 wins and one tie, the Houston Dutch Lions FC U12’s also won the fourth game of the season, 5-2. After a perfect start, scoring 4 great goals in the first 30 minutes, the Lions lost a bit of focus in the second half. Despite the second half, the Lions still deserved the win.
Between the 15th and 20th minute, striker Daniel Ruiz found the net three times making it one of the quickest hat tricks in Dutch Lions FC history. Scoring three goals in 5 minutes is quite the accomplishment!
In the remaining minutes of the first half, the Lions kept on making triangles and trying to find the soccer solution. A penalty kick was even mist by the Lions before a beautiful cross from Christian Keller ended up in front right back Luke Paggioli. He used his technique and hiss shot was unstoppable for the goalkeeper making it 4-0 for the Lions.
In the second half the Texas Rush team pressured more, playing the second half with a lot less pressure and even finding the net twice. The game was concluded by striker Daniel Ruiz who scored his fourth goal of the season making the score 5-2 for the Lions.
And so the Houston Dutch Lions FC U12’s have played 4 games, they boys and girl won 3 of them and tied one game. Making 17 goals so far and conceding 7, nice balance by the young Lions!
Houston Dutch Lions FC U13/14 - TUFC
Player of the Week: Jon Franks
Last Saturday, The Houston Dutch Lions FC U13/U14’s played against TUFC. With a 12.00pm kick off at Dyess Park, the Lions wanted to win this game.
The squad of the Houston Dutch Lions FC started out the game very well. In the First half, our players were eager to score a goal. We created a few chances by passing the ball around. The opponent came out with some counter attacks. Eventually we scored the 1-0! Dayton Hyde runs with the ball towards the goal and scored in the lower corner. After the goal, the U13/U14’s gave a lot of pressure towards the goal of the opponent. TUFC was waiting for us to make the mistake and they tried to score by kicking the ball forward.
The U13/U14’s created enough chances but we had some troubles scoring a goal. TUFC scored two more goals and we lost this game with 2-1. We worked hard and we did a good job in ball possession. Next time, if we finish our chances we will win the game! However, all of you showed great effort on the field guys. Step by step we improve and we will give everything next week!
Houston Dutch Lions FC U16 – ISA U16 1-2 (0-1)
Player of the week: Colin Spaulding
The U16's of the Houston Dutch Lions FC played against ISA U16's. The first part of the first half was good. We tried to conquer the ball by pressuring the opponent at there own half. This went very well at some moments. With Danny, Ryan, Martin and Juan we created some good chances.
In the second part of the first half the opponents were getting stronger. They played good position play on the ball and battled harder than the Lions. The Lions gave to much space to the opponent and ISA used that space very well. In a fast counter attack ISA was able to score (0-1).
In the break we talked about how we have to give pressure and were we implementing that. We also had to be harder in the battles and in ball position therefore we had to act faster on the ball.
In the second half, the Lions played much better than in the last part of the first half. Everyone was pressuring on the half of the opponent and we battled harder. When you think that the 1-1 is coming the opponent scores the 0-2. This was a big disappointment for the team, but the Lions didn’t give up. With attacking play, the Lions take all the risk to make a goal. When the defender of ISA made a handball the Lions got a penalty. Colin is sure of his case and scores the 1-2.
After the goal, the Lions were fighting to get a result. At some moments we had only Tyler and Colby in the defense because we wanted to take all the risk to equalize the game. We were unlucky with a few good shots from Ryan and Colin. Also a beautiful flying header from Colin out a corner was saved from the line by a defender of ISA. The Lions were playing against the time but kept on fighting until the last whistle. Unfortunately we didn’t had the luck with us.
Houston Dutch Lions FC HFA Orange – University SC 1-2 (1-1)
Player of the game: Jon Ethridge
After last weeks great victory (4-0) the Houston Dutch Lions FC HFA Orange squad played league game 4 of the season. The team worked very hard in this tough game against a very experienced University SC.
In the first 20 minutes of the game the Lions had difficulties winning the second ball, the distances between the defense and midfield were to big and therefore there was too much space for the opponent to play the ball.
Against the odds the Houston Dutch Lions FC created two major changes in the 23rd minute. After missing the first big chance, Robbert Kroeze found the back of the net in his second attempt, 1-0 for the Lions.
The Lions wouldn’t bring the 1-0 to halftime. A mistake after a free kick was unnecessary and the University SC knew how to score this small change, 1-1.
In the second half, the Lions made some tactical adjustments, controlling the game and keeping the opponent away from the goal. Small changes were created but Mike Cantu, Kenes Sadavaskov and Christiaan Wind were unlucky with their finish. In the counter attack, a foul was made on Yonathan Pineda but ignored, 5 seconds later a penalty kick was awarded after a foul made in our Lions box, 1-2 for University SC.
In the remaining 25 minutes of the game the Lions kept on dominating, creating many changes and putting all their energy into the game. Despite luck not being on their side, the young Lions kept on pressuring but didn’t find the equalizer. Great efforts by the men, and with this attitude the 3 points will follow soon!
Houston Dutch Lions FC HFA – Fury Black
Player of the week: Austin Crafts
The Houston Dutch Lions FC played against a familiar opponent last Sunday. We won against Furry Black for the Memorial Cup earlier, and now the Lions were eager to win again.
In the beginning of the first half the teams were equal to each other. The Lions tried to pressure them from the beginning, which resulted in our first goal. Austin Crafts came through on the left flank and scored the ball into the right corner. Despite we leaded the game, Furry Black scored a few minutes later the equalizer. The referee saw 10 minutes later after the equalizer a handball in our 18-yard box. Our goalie Michael Ross saved the penalty and off the rebound it still went in. In the last minutes of the first half Austin scored a nicely header. A good cross ball of our new player Chance, and so it was 2-2 at halftime.
After halftime The Lions were eager to win this game. We want to play dominant and hard. And so we did! We played for the whole 45 minutes on their side of the field. We created a lot of chances with some good soccer. We did a good job in ball possession and we conquered the ball as soon as possible when we lost it. We had some big chances but we didn’t score. We played well in the second half but unfortunately we couldn’t win the game. Next week we are playing against Texas Express with a 3.00pm kick off at Bear Creek Park.