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
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
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
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.