The Austin Aztex (8-4-2) overwhelmed the West Texas Sockers (2-5-6) beating them 7-0 in their final regular season home game at House Park with 1986 in attendance. The win means a victory against the El Paso Patriots on Sunday, July 8 would guarantee a playoff spot for Austin.
“The most pleasing thing was that our offense was fantastic, but it is nice to keep a clean sheet as well,” Head Coach Paul Dalglish said. “Great performance and we have to keep doing what is making us successful, which is hard work.”
The Aztex pressed the Sockers early seeking an early goal. In the first 10 minutes, they earned a flurry of corners to the left of Ray Clark. James Martin’s first three corners didn’t find a finishing touch from a teammate, but Kristopher Tyrpak headed home Martin’s fourth corner in the 10th minute.
The Aztex continued to possess the ball after their first goal, and Austin’s ability to constantly hold the ball led to 15 shots in the first half for the club. Kekuta Manneh was dangerous on the left and right flanks, using his ball skills and speed to beat West Texas defenders. He finished the half with five shots and Austin’s second goal of the game.
After a long ball from Travis Golden, Manneh was taken down in the box by a Sockers defender, earning a penalty for the Aztex in the 28th. Manneh scored on the subsequent penalty shooting to his right with the keeper diving left.
Austin later displayed their passing prowess on their third goal. Off a throw in, the Aztex strung four passes together, and then Tyrpak’s cross into the box was deflected out by a West Texas defender to Khiry Shelton. The striker, Shelton, calmly shot the ball into the net, giving the Aztex a 3-0 lead 36 minutes into the match.
Shelton scored again 4 minutes later; he rounded the keeper on a breakaway after receiving a pass from Tyrpak, and he shot into an empty net. The Aztex would lead at halftime 4-0.
Despite struggling in the first half, West Texas had the early chance in the second half. Devin Cook was forced to clear the ball at the top of the box before Len Smith was able to get to it.
The Aztex made two substitutes to start the half including Leone Cruz, a former MLS player with the Seattle Sounders and Real Salt Lake. The experienced defender would set up Austin’s first goal in the second half. Cruz played a ball through the Sockers defense that Tyrpak latched onto. Tyrpak was alone with the keeper, who he dribbled past, and then used his body to hold off a West Texas defender before scoring his 9th goal of the season.
“I look in the stands and saw some of my old coaches, and those are the guys that helped us grow as players,” said Cruz, an Austin area youth player. “This win goes out to them and our fans.”
Two of the six second half substitutes were involved in Austin’s sixth goal. Joshua Alcala played an excellent ball over the West Texas defense to Callum Riley, and Riley used his first touch to beat a Sockers defender and scored with his second touch in the 83rd minute.
Tyrpak completed his second hat trick with the Aztex in the 87th minute. Chuy Cortes’ cross was blocked by a West Texas defender’s hand, resulting in a penalty kick. Tyrpak slotted the ball past Jimenez to complete his hat trick. The match ended 7-0.
“I scored a hat trick in the first home game, and I scored a hat trick in in the last home game,” Tyrpak said. “It is an honor to do it in front of the home fans.”
The Aztex travel to play the El Paso Patriots on Sunday with a chance to earn a place into the playoffs. West Texas continues their road trip playing the Texas Dutch Lions on Saturday.
Score: Austin Aztex (8-4-2) vs. West Texas Sockers (2-5-6)
Date: Thursday, May 24, 2012
Where: House Park, Austin, Texas
Weather: Cloudy, 95 degrees
Austin Aztex: Devin Cook, Zack Pope, Ross Kelly, Travis Golden (Leone Cruz, 45), Matt Boullt, Zach Garcia (Scott Luedtke 45’), James Martin (Josh Alcala, 65’), Jesus “Chuy” Sanchez (Will Morse, 58’), Kekuta Manneh (Chuy Cortes, 58’), Kristopher Tyrpak, Khiry Shelton (Callum Riley, 58’)
Cautions: Zach Garcia (43’), Chuy Cortes (89’)
Subs not used: John Kashak
West Texas Sockers: Ray Clark (Alonso Jimenez, 45), Sergio Rios, Juan Salcido-Hernandez, James Duvcevski (James Burke, 70’), Tyler Tarango (Mike Stewart, 65’), Andres Power (Lucas Garcia, 45), Kal Herbert, Andres Maloloando-Karo (Isa Miramontes, 77’), Mariano Sapien (Len Smith, 45), David Freeland, Joe Munoz
Subs not used: Andrew Arriga
Cautions: James Duvcevski (28’), Joe Munoz (33’)
Player: Assist: Minute:
ATX: Kristopher Tyrpak James Martin 10’
ATX: Kekuta Manneh (pk) 29’
ATX: Khiry Shelton Unassisted 36’
ATX: Khiry Shelton Kristopher Tyrpak 40’
ATX: Kristopher Tyrpak Leone Cruz 59’
ATX: Callum Rilley Josh Alcala 83’
ATX: Kristopher Tyrpak (pk) 87’