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The Houston Dutch Lions FC lost by a 2 goal difference allowing the Sockers FC scoring 2 penalty kicks that made the final score 3-1.

The Lions faced the number 2 in the league at home in Conroe in a the game that was a close one where again the Lions created a lot of opportunities to secure a victory. However the Sockers were more accurate with their shots and it took them 2 penalty kicks to claim the victory.

The first 30 minutes the Lions were very strong by not allowing Midland to get dangerous in front of Lions’s goalkeeper Charles Shober. There were chances created for the home team but the team forgot to score like they did in their previous games. By not scoring chances the Sockers FC got out dangerous at times and took their advantage to take the lead in the 30th minute of the game. Rory Knibbs scored his goal by an assist of Tucker Hume for the Sockers FC. Again the Lions faced a goal against them and needed a goal to get back in the game. It didn’t take long for the Sockers FC to score again. Lions defender Jonathan Segovia made a hand ball in the box and the referee didn’t hesitate to blow the whistle; penalty kick for the Sockers FC. Isaac Sanchez took his responsibility to take the penalty and didn’t fail, making the score 0-2.

The Lions went into the locker rooms being 2 goals behind. Therefore the task was to score an early goal in the second half. The Lions found the back of the net in the 60th minute. Wessel verhaar got the opportunity when Joe Jackson found Verhaar in the box. Verhaar secured the goal for the Lions where the team had enough time to seek for the tie. The Lions got some opportunities for the tie but again faced a penalty kick where Elias Barahona made a foul in the box. The referee was determined to give the second penalty kick of the game. Ricardo Diegues was confident enough to take the penalty kick and also didn’t fail. There was not enough time in the game for the Lions to get back in the game since the penalty was scored in the 87th minute. The final score on the scoreboard: 1-3.

Marco Pruis said: ‘ This was another though loss where I felt that we were strong enough to defeat the number 2 in the league. The players knew that we shouldn’t have lost in this game. We started out strong again but couldn’t finish our chances. We all know that playing well in a game but not finishing our opportunities will be fatal for the end result. We create enough opportunities, but just can’t find the target. Giving up 2 penalty kicks made the difference in the game, which makes it extra frustrating. We need to remain our focus on our final 2 games. We play the Aztex on Thursday in Austin and we will go there with confidence and hopefully in Austin we can convert our opportunities in goals. The fans were outstanding today and I look forward to see them back at our final home game against the Laredo Heat SC on Saturday’.

The Houston Dutch Lions FC is traveling to Austin on Thursday to look for a victory against the PDL Champions of the Mid-South Division. This is the final away game for the 2014 PDL Season. Saturday the final game will be played at the Houston Dutch Lions FC where the team will face the Laredo Heat SC.

Summary: 

Score: Houston Dutch Lions FC 1 (1-8-3) -
 Midland Sockers FC 3 (3-7-3)
Date: Tuesday, July 13, 2014
Where: HDL Soccer Facility, Conroe, Texas
Weather: Hot

Houston Dutch Lions FC: Charles Shober, Cameron Free, Jonathan Segovia (David Perez 45’), Michael Stewart, Jack Hayes, Mitchell Ostrowski, Kelvin Iloba (Elias Barahona 63′), Wessel Verhaar, Javier Vazquez (Gustavo Alvarado 57’), Joe Jackson (Israel Madrid 85’), Jorge Contreras

Subs Not Used: Roland Koepp, Jason Taffet and Erick Suarez.

Cautions: Mitchell Otrowski 32’ and Michael Stewart 75’.

Midland/Odessa Sockers FC: Jason Babyack, Jonathan Clifford, Xavier Fuerte Nicholas Edington 75’), Isaac Sanchez, Walker Hume, Brock Tanner (Diego Cabral 57’), Fabio Pena (Mario Alvarez 69’), Alberto Garcia (Victor Perrareas 45’), Conrod Goalborne, Rory Knibbs (Ricardo Giegues 45’), Hume Tucker (Ricardo Yeverino 61’)

Subs not used: Clint Long.

Caution: Isaac Sanchez 45′.

Scoring Summary:

Player Assist Minute
Sockers FC: Rory Knibbs Tucker Hume 30′
Sockers FC: Isaac Sanchez N/A 37′
Houston Dutch Lions FC: Wessel Verhaar Joe Jackson 60′
Sockers FC: Ricardo Diegues N/A 87′