Houston Dutch Lions FC U5/U6
Player of the week: Jacob Hayes
Our youngest players of the Houston Dutch Lions FC started their games with beautiful weather. The sun was coming up and the players started with a 5 vs 5. The first game was very exciting. Both team were equal to each other, and they had to fight for every ball. The second and the third game was a good example of determination. All the players wear eager to score and to win! Good stuff. Next weekend we are off, but April 11th we will be ready to play!
Houston Dutch Lions FC U8 Blue – Houston Dutch Lions FC U8 Green
Players of the week: Jack Walker & Thomas Teixidor
A beautiful soccer morning where U8 Blue faced U8 Green in what became a thriller of a match… Both teams started off eager to score goals, and both team scored a lot of goals this match.
For the U8 Green team we saw goals being scored by Jared (three goals), Ben and Thomas (four goals). Thomas did not just score four goals, he also played an amazing game where he was very determined in his duels.
The U8 Blue team had a strong come back in the second half of the game, Sophie scored three goals and Jack scored four goals. Both teams deserve the credit for a tremendous exciting game!
Houston Dutch Lions FC U8 Orange - Conroe FC U8B
Player of the week: Salem Sharif
On this nice sunny day the HDL U8 Orange team played against Conroe FC U8B. From the start the HDLFC U8 Orange was the better team in this match. With Salem and Thomas as strikers we pressured the Conroe FC team all the way to their own half. With 4 goals from Salem and 2 goals from Thomas the HDL FC U8 Orange finished the second half with a 6-0 lead. After the second half, Salem was subbed and brought in our U5 player Ernesto who took over Salem place. Ernesto did a really good job as a striker but was unlucky to score a goal. Conroe FC U8B started the second half much stronger than the HDL FC Orange team and some defensive mistakes resulted that they were able to score 4 times, bringing the score back to 6-4. After this set back the team started to pressure the other team again. And with success. We finished the 3rd quarter with a 9-4 lead. In the last quarter the HDL U8 Orange team kept going the way they did and scored another 5 goals making the end score 14-4 for the HDL FC U8 Orange team. The team worked well together and this resulted in a great win over Conroe FC U8B. This was my first game as a coach for the Houston Dutch Lions FC and I am looking forward to see you next week and hopefully another great game.
Houston Dutch Lions FC U8 White – FC Conroe U8A
Player of the week: Alejandro Huicochea
The Houston Dutch Lions U8 White suffered a 6-1 loss to FC Conroe U8. While the team suffered a loss they managed to show strong promise for their future development. Alejandro managed to showcase his strong defensive qualities while Abigail and Darren made it clear that they have true ambition when it comes to the game of soccer.
Goals: Abigail van Vuuren
Houston Dutch Lions FC Orange U10 - Houston Dutch Lions FC White U10
Player of the week U10 Orange: Campbell Childers
Player of the week U10 White: Cooper Stone
An exciting game between the two U10 teams of the Houston Dutch Lions FC. After two games the White team has 1 point and the Orange team defends their leading spot on the table with 6 points. Both teams showed from the start that they wanted to win this game. After a few minutes Houston Dutch Lions FC Orange took the lead when Devon scored the 1-0. And later the Orange team made their lead even more comfortable when Cooper Payne scores the 2-0. But the White team didn’t gave up and with a good shot Cooper Stone brought the score back to 2-1.
In the second half there were chances for both teams and we had to wait long for the next goal. When Reilly Payne turns away with the ball towards the goal he shoots the ball in the Upper-90 and brings Orange to a 3-1 lead. Again the white team gives everything to come back in the game and when they get a penalty kick they have the chance to make the 3-2. Cooper Stone didn’t hesitate and shot the penalty in the goal. The last minutes Orange had to defend their lead and in the last seconds of the game they almost lost two points when the White team scores the 3-3, but the referee decided that it the play was offside.
From the beginning till the end both teams made it really exciting for the crowd. Houston Dutch Lions FC Orange won the three points and are still the leaders on the table with 9 points after three games!
Houston Dutch Lions FC U11 – Texas Wolves U11
Player of the week: Julianne Vega
The Houston Dutch Lions U11 enjoyed a well-deserved 5-1 win against the Texas Wolves. The first half didn't have any goals cause our great chances were stopped by the opponents’ goalkeeper. While the Lions dominated the both half’s the second part of the game went from 0-0 to a very exciting 5-1 at the same time the lions showed their ability to keep possession of the ball.
Goals made by: Julianne Vega, Sebastian Rodriguez, Joey Rudnicki, Leif van Boxtel, Ty Cames
Houston Dutch Lions FC U12 – Texas Rush U12
Player of the week: Colton Collins
The Lions were ready for the third league game after previous wins against the Texans and Space City. The boys and girl started off eager to create changes against Texas Rush U12.
In the 22nd minute Diego Robelledo was very determined to win his personal duel, and after doing so, his pass ended up in front of Colton Collins who scored the first goal of the game, 1-0.
The Lions kept on playing good soccer, trying to keep the ball and using their fast forwards when under pressure. In the 38th minute of the game, the kick of the Texas Rush goalkeeper ended in front of Colton Collins who scored his second goal of the game 2-0 for the Lions.
We saw Rush score in the 46th minute making the game exciting in the final minutes. As good as the ball possession was in the first 46 minutes of the game, the Lions became nervous in the final 14 minutes. That this was very unnecessary shows in the number of opportunities created at the end of the game.
But a third win in a row was a fact for the Lions, great job done by the team!
Houston Dutch Lions FC U13/U14 – AH FC U14
Player of the week: Chris Valladares
After a tough loss last week the U13/U14’s needed to play better in order to compete against our opponent. The players knew that they have to do better. Unfortunately we missed 3 players and had only 1 substitution. Despite we had only 1 sub, we did, compared to last week, a much better job!
The squad of the Houston Dutch Lions FC U13/U14 played a good first half. We had some weak moments during the game and that resulted in the first goal of our opponent. They scored in a moment when we lost the ball. Our midfield didn’t make the transition and our defence were standing against 6 players. AH FC scored a free kick as well, right in the upper 90’s. Besides that we were unlucky in the end of the first half and we made an own goal.
In the beginning of the second half we finally saw a good organized squad. The Houston Dutch Lions FC played well. That resulted in some good chances. Unfortunately we couldn’t score out of those chances, but for 20 minutes we played like a team. On that moment I knew that we are making progress. Let’s hope that we can build further on our team in order to get some results! GO LIONS!
Houston Dutch Lions FC U16 vs. Houston Express U16
Player of the week: Chris Sanchez
The Houston Dutch Lions FC U16 played their first game in the Directors Cup. With a lot of new players in the team the Lions have a bigger and stronger squad which makes the competition in the team harder, and that is a good thing for this growing club. The most interesting thing of this first game was to see how strong we are right now, and the Directors Cup is a good level to test ourselves this spring season.
In the first twenty minutes the Lions played very well attacking wise and defensive wise. There were a lot of movements without the ball, which created enough options for the player with the ball. With a good movement Chris made space for himself and with a magnificent shot in the upper-90. He scored the 1-0 for the Lions. After that goal the Lions wanted more, but a mistake on the midfield brings Houston Express back in the game. With two more goals it was going to be even harder for the Lions.
In the second half the Lions tried to pick it up again, but the heat made it more difficult, especially when you have to score to come back in the game. The Houston Express were waiting for their moments and they had control over the game. With 3 more goals from the Houston Express they deserved the win.
The Lions showed good things today, but there is also a lot that we can do better and especially in the defensive organisation and the choices that we make. I’m looking forward to play against all these strong opponents in the Directors Cup, it pressures you to get the best out of yourself!!
Houston Dutch Lions FC HFA 1 – Barnestoneworth United FC
Player of the week: Juan-Pablo Pimienta
After 4 weeks of rain-outs at Bear Creek Park, we finally had a game in the Houston Football Association (HFA).
In the beginning of the game the Lions started well. They played with a high pace and we created chances throughout the sides. We scored within the first 10 minutes. The players played the rest of the game underneath their own level. They thought we could win here easily. In the last minutes of the first half, the opponent tied from ball possession loss in the midfield.
After half time we played with one man down. They didn’t create any chances. It was a 1-1 score and we need to score in order to win the game. Lucky for us JP scored out of a good cross ball of Jeff. Also, JP scored out of an individual action and put the final score on the scoreboard. 3-1. Therefore we brought back the 3 points and are getting closer to become champions!
Houston Dutch Lions FC Orange - FK Bosnae
Player of the Week: Colby Andrews
With a couple of games left, the Lions had to face FK Bosnae today. It was a beautiful game for soccer and the Lions were ready to start. In the first half the Lions played very well. The defense was good organized and in ball position we found each other easy. With three big chances the Lions had the chance to take the lead, but the Lions were unlucky with the finishing. Just a few seconds before half time FK Bosnae took the lead (1-0) and this was the only moment in the first half that we gave the opponent to much space in the box.
In the second half the Lions had the intention to make the 1-1, but it’s FK Bosnae that makes the 2-0 and now they even have a more comfortable lead. From this moment there is only one team that deserved a goal. The Lions creates at least six big chances, but couldn’t find the net. How more we attack, how bigger the chance for FK Bosnae to score out of a counter attack, but Belal shows that he is unbeatable as a goalie in the 1:1 situations.
The Lions tried everything to score, but how long we would play the game, the ball just wouldn’t go in the goal. Despite all the chances the Lions showed a good performance against an experience opponent!