Houston Express U11 – Houston Dutch Lions FC U11
Player of the week: Julian Vega
U11 continues to play good soccer!
After last week’s draw, our U11 knew that they had to win this game in order to fight for a place at the top of the league’s table.
In the beginning of the game, the two teams played equally. The Houston Dutch Lions FC began reckless in the game, the players were not in position and the passing was not good. Despite that, both teams did not create many chances.
After a few minutes, the Dutch Lions FC began to control the game. The Lions created a few small chances by Ty, Julian and Sebastian. Finally, after those few chances Julian scored the first goal with a great solo. He passed two men and also passed the goalkeeper easily (0-1).
It looked like after the goal, the Lions gained the confidence they needed. Because after Julian's goal it became a one-way traffic to the Houston Express goal. With some great passing plays, the Lions really knew how to entertain their supporters. But just as last week, the Lions did not reward themselves for their great passing play.
It was a shot by Marcos from a far distance that looked easy for the opponent’s goalkeeper, but rolled over the goal line by a mistake from their goal keeper. Finally the well deserved 0-2 with a little bit of luck. After the second goal, the defenders of the Houston Dutch Lions FC were sometimes too busy attacking. This caused a few sharp counters for Houston Express. Luckily goalkeeper Joey knew what to do with those shots, where he still kept his goal clean. Right before half time Sebastian made a great run. He passed one man in the 18 yard box and wanted to shoot, but got tackled. The referee gave our U11 a well deserved penalty. Sebastian took the penalty; he stayed very calm and scored in the right corner of the goal (0-3). The whistle blew, half time score: 0-3.
After half time started the same as in the beginning of the first half, there was a real chaos on the field. Players did not take their position and possession was given away easy. Houston Express got chance after chance with luckily no goals for them yet. After another attack for Houston Express, Julian defended the opponent’s striker whereas the striker dove to the ground that resulted in a penalty. The opponent took the penalty very well and aimed high in the right corner, therefore no chance for our goalkeeper Joey (1-3). After this goal the opponent continued on creating chances. The Houston Express almost scored their second goal of the game by just missing the target.
It did not take long before the Lions were attacking again. It was Nick with a nice solo along the side- line and passed three men and shot on target, great goal by Nick, 1-4. This goal became a wake-up call for our Lions. From that moment on we were the only team attacking again. It did not take long before Nick also scored his second goal of the game. It was another great solo by dribbling around a few players where his shot was touched by an opponent and went into the goal (1-5).
After the 1-5, the Lions got chance after chance and Julian scored twice with two great solos and he completed his hattrick (1-7). Also Sebastian made his second goal of the game by good combination play. Sebastian got the ball and scored (1-8). Final score: 1-8 win!
This great result and the great game play from previous matches makes sure the Lions will be confident for their next game against SC FC. Go Lions!
Houston Dutch Lions FC U12 – AH FC White U12 5-1 (3-0)
Player of the week: Luke Paggioli
Saturday September 13th, the Houston Dutch Lions FC U12 played their second game of the league against AH FC White. After the great start from last week, the Lions were motivated to win their second game.
Line up HDL FC U12's: Logan, Luke, Timothy, Mathew, Christian, Diego, Michelle, William, Daniel, Ethan and Jose
With Logan in the goal, Ethan, Luke and Jose as defenders, Christian midfield and the attackers Timothy, Diego, Mathew the Lions started the first half. From the beginning the Lions were pressuring the opponent and showed some good combinations. The opponents didn’t have a good answer to that. Christian Keller scored two penalty’s (two times a handball) and the AH FC White made an own goal from a corner of the Lions. With this comfortable lead the Lions reached half time.
In the second half, the Lions continued where they ended with in the first half. Daniel, Michelle, William and Christian pressuring the defense of the opponents and brought them into trouble. Luke, Logan and Mathew were good organized in our defense. With two more goals from Daniel and one goal from AH FC White, the Houston Dutch Lions FC U12 won again with a great team performance and a big score.
Houston Dutch Lions FC U16 - Kingwood Alliance FC U16
Player of the Week: Colin Spaulding
The Houston Dutch Lions FC U16’s played their very first match at Lindsay Lions Park against Kingwood Alliance U16’s. Our U16’s had to face a big challenge before the game already starting out the match with one man down.
In the first 10 minutes, the Lions struggled with getting a grip on the game. The opponents were very dangerous with their fast forwards receiving many through passes from their midfield. After some one vs. one situations with our goalie, Kingwood Alliance FC were able to put the ball in the back of the net after 7 minutes in the game. After this goal the Lions woke up and started to play well together with some good combinations. The Lions were able to play on the half of their opponents, which resulted in a goal from Collin with a long distance shot over the goalkeeper. After 25 minutes the score was 1-1. The Lions were not able to celebrate for long. Another strong attack from the forwards of Alliance FC came from the left side, found their way through our defense and hit target, 2-1 in favor of the opponents. Not much long after their goal, Alliance FC scored again from a corner kick where the Lions were not able to get the ball out of their box. After the 3-1, Collin found some space where he decided to shoot again from long distance. Unfortunately he saw his accurate shot hitting the crossbar. The Lions were pressing forward to look for more opportunities but the counter attack of Alliance FC became fatal. Another breakthrough resulted a one on one situation against our goalkeeper where the forward of Alliance FC didn’t fail to score. Half time score: 4-1.
Coming into the second half, the Lions were determined to give everything they have stepping on the field with a great mentality. The Lions dominated and pressured forward. The Lions impressed their fans and the coaches from being one man down but showing great character on the field. The opponents were struggling where our U16’s fought hard for every ball and created some good chances trying to close the gap on the scoreboard. Unfortunately the luck wasn’t on the Lions side today. Alliance FC took advantage of their substitutions and were able to score again from a corner kick to put the 5-1 on the scoreboard. In the 74th minute another through pass from the midfield situated another one on one against our goalie scoring their 6th goal of the game. However, the Lions didn’t give up that easy. They kept playing strong and showed very good combinations on the midfield. Unfortunately the Lions gave up another goal in the last minute of the game by an unnecessary penalty kick. Final result: 7-1.
The HDL FC coaches were very proud of the team that showed outstanding mentality on the field. Being one man down is a big mental breakdown for each player, but they did not show that on the field. The Lions were determined and showed tremendous effort where each player gave more than 100%. Although it was the first game of the season, the players found each other very well already. The second half they showed a lot of improvement in comparison with the first half. As the season will continue, this team can improve a lot by playing together as a team, with the same mentality and effort we can look forward for some very good results coming up in the next games.
Houston Dutch Lions FC – Enchanted Rock
Player of the week: Austin Crafts
The Houston Dutch Lions FC played their second game on Sunday September 14th. The Lions had a 9.00am kick off against Enchanted Rock. The weather was for both teams an advantage. The little bit of rain made the field better to play on.
The Houston Dutch Lions FC wanted to continue the winning mood. The team all agreed that they wanted to win the game with playing good soccer. The Lions started the game offensive and therefore were looking for the first goal. The opponent was waiting for the Lions to make mistakes. Even though our defense had everything under control, we still had to do some hard work. There was a lot of movement in our offense. Therefore, the opponent didn’t know what to do with it and we scored the first goal within the first 30 minutes. Austin was send away and placed the ball next to the goalie in the back of the net. The Lions gained more and more confidence and it was waiting on scoring their second goal. The defense of Enchanted Rock had a difficult day. Austin made a great run, found his teamates Caio and Jon easily with good combination play. He came 1 vs. 1 in front of the goalkeeper and scored with a great chip the 2-0.
The second half in comparison to the first half was an entire different level. The lions tried to keep the ball in the team. But every time when Enchanted Rock had the ball, they had some great offensive opportunities. The game was open and there was more space for the opponents to attack. Despite there was more space the Lions also created some good chances. But you have to score the goals if you want to make a difference. The Lions were not able to score where Enchanted Rock scored two goals both from a corner kick. Although the Lions were the better team, the game ended in 2-2. We deserved to win, but Enchanted Rock found a way to get back in the game.
Let this be a lesson for the Houston Dutch Lions FC. You do not always win if you are the better team. Play soccer with your head. Be smart and stick with our game, not theirs.
This upcoming Sunday the Houston Dutch Lions FC are playing for the HFA Memorial Cup. The Lions willl face Fury Black At Bear Creek Park. Kick off time at 11.00am. The League games continue on Sunday 28th against Barnstoneworth United FC with a 9.00am kick off at Bear Creek Park.
Phrase of the week: “If you are able to dominate a game, you’re doing well! If you are able to win a game you will become champions.” GO LIONS!
Saengerbund Kickers - Houston Dutch Lions FC Orange 0-0 (0-0)
Player of the week: Luis Lopez
Houston Dutch Lions FC Orange played 0-0 against the Saengerbund Kickers. In the first half, the Orange team had the better field play but had difficulties to create changes. The biggest chance was a present from the goalkeeper of the Kickers. The goalkeeper was hesitating too long and Gerson Hernandez stole the ball from the goalie, but unfortunately he missed for open goal. Gerson showed a good mentally and kept on working. That’s the great thing about this team. Everybody is positive and wants to work hard to get better every game in order to improve as a player. That is the spirit you need as a team!
In the second half, the Orange team started out good, however, after 20 minutes the Kickers where getting stronger. They created a few big chances but every time our goalkeeper Luis Lopez was in their way with some great saves! Just before the final whistle, the Kickers were looking to score, but the referee already whistled for a foul. And so the Lions conquer their first point of the season.
This Sunday at 1:00pm the Houston Dutch Lions FC HFA Orange plays against Exiles for the HFA Memorial Cup at Bear Creek park. The Lions are determined for the first win of the season!