The Austin Aztex responded to their 1-0 loss to the El Paso Patriots last weekend with a 6-1 win at their first home game in House Park. Austin’s Kristopher Tyrpak scored a hat trick in the home opener for rebirth of the Aztex, and Chuy Cortes provided two assists. Kekuta Manneh, William Morse, and Tony Rocha also got on the scoring sheet for the Aztex. Naoyas Aizawa scored the lone goal for the Patriots.

Kristopher Tyrpak celebrates his first of three goals in Austin's homecoming.

Full Game Report: The Austin Aztex won their home opener 6-1 against the El Paso Patriots on Saturday night with Kristopher Tyrpak scoring a hat trick in front of a crowd of 2,507 at House Park near downtown Austin.

“It’s great, the fans were going ecstatic and it made me happier,” said Tyrpak on his three goals. “But I have to give all the credit to my teammates that set me up perfectly.”

The Aztex (3-1) controlled the game for the first 15 minutes, but missed three shots just wide. A run from Zack Pope opened up the Patriots defense. Pope’s pass found Kekuta Manneh, who only had the El Paso goalkeeper Victor Rodriguez to beat.

Manneh faked and tried to dribble left of Rodriguez. The Patriots keeper clipped Manneh as he rounded the goalkeeper and a foul and penalty kick were given. Rodriguez received a straight red card for fouling Manneh in the box in the 15th minute Tony Rocha converted from the spot for his third goal of the season beating Ivan Meza.

Down a man, El Paso was forced to play defensively, and the Aztex capitalized four minutes late.  In the 21st minute, Jesus ‘Chuy’ Cortes was sprung down the left flank by a precise long ball from the back line. He crossed the ball with the outside of his right foot and Tyrpak scored with a diving header.

Cortes set up Austin’s third goal with the outside of his right boot again. Manneh and Dillon Powers started the play with a nice one-two outside the box, and Manneh would pass to Cortes on the left wing, who then sent a pass in for William Morse to finish in the 26th minute.

The Patriots scored an apparent goal only a few minutes later when Michael Griego headed the ball over the line from a difficult angle on the left side of goal, but it was called back due to an offside violation.

The half would end with El Paso’s David Salas being shown a second yellow card for a foul in first half extra time, which left the Patriots down to nine men with the Aztex leading 3-0.

“Incredible from the guys and everything is starting to come together quite nicely,” said Aztex Head Coach Paul Dalglish. “A lot of thing we worked on in training are starting to come into fruition, and we looked devastating in the first half.”

Austin would score five minutes into the second half after a turnover in the box by El Paso which caught Meza out of position. The play developed when Matt Boultt stole the ball, laid it off to Tyrpak, who scored his second goal of the game.

Manneh scored Austin’s fifth goal after an excellent individual effort by the striker. He beat two Patriots defenders with  moves outside the penalty box and blasted home from 15 yards in the 57th minute.

El Paso erased the shutout when they scored in the 64th minute. A back pass from Ross Kelly failed to reach Aztex keeper Michael Lisch. Patriots forward Naoyas Aizawa used his speed to intercept the pass and beat Lisch one-on-one with a coolly slotted ball into the net.

Tyrpak finished off  his hat trick in the 68th minute. Manneh shot the ball from deep on the left wing, and Meza couldn’t hold onto the shot. Tyrpak tapped the ball in giving the striker his third goal of the game and sealing a 6-1 Aztex victory.

The Aztex (3-1-0) stay on top of the Mid-South Division after their home opener in front of 2,507 fans who were eager to see the team return to Austin. The Patriots (1-2-1) head back to El Paso looking to turn their fortunes around against the Charlotte Eagles in Tuesday’s US Open Cup match.

Austin plays their next game at home on Thursday, May 24th at 7:30 p.m. against the Texas Dutch Lions.

Box Score

Score: 6 (Austin Aztex, 3-1-0) vs. 1 (El Paso Patriots, 1-2-1)

Saturday, May 19, 2012

House Park, Austin, Texas

Attendance: 2,507

Austin Aztex: Michael Lisch (John Kaschak 80’), Matt Boultt (Josh Alcala 69’), Travis Golden, Ross Kelly, Zack Pope (Wesley Curtis 58’), Tony Rocha (James Martin 64’), Dillon Powers (Michael Kafari 51’), Kristopher Tyrpak (Nick Miele 72’), Chuy Cortes (Callum Riley 66’), William Morse, Kekuta Manneh

Subs not used: NONE

Cautions: Manneh (26′), Pope (45′), Powers (46′)

El Paso Patriots: Victor Rodriguez, Daniel Campos, Adrian Moreno, Benjamin Vazquez, Christian Landa (Lawrence Robledo 46’), Sergio Villasenor (Casey Phillips 55’), David Salas, Armando Duarte, Ariel Chavez, Michael Griego (Naoyas Aizawa 56’), Ernesto Bolivar (Ivan Meza 17’)

Subs not used: Mario Arrieta, Noel Hernandez

Cautions: Salas (10′), Bolivar (33’), Campos (71′), Duarte (73′),

Ejections: Rodriguez (15′), Salas (45′)


ATX: Tony Rocha, 17′ (PK)

ATX: Kristopher Tyrpak, 21′ (Cortes)

ATX: William Morse, 26′ (Cortes)

ATX: Kristopher Tyrpak 50′ (Boultt)

ATX: Kekuta Manneh, 57′ (unassisted)

ELP: Naoyas Aizawa, 64′ (unassisted)

ATX: Kristopher Tyrpak, 68′ (unassisted)