The Austin Aztex (6-0-0) set a franchise record with eight goals scored as they remain undefeated on the season after they defeated the El Paso Patriots (1-6-1).
“It was an excellent performance,” Aztex Head Coach Paul Dalglish said. “It was a good time to catch El Paso as they were tired from yesterday’s game. It was still a very clinical performance from our guys. We’ve worked very hard at practice to work towards that level of performance that we played today.”
From the beginning of the game, the Aztex midfield trio of Tony Rocha, Daniel Metzger, and Leone Cruz were able to control the middle of the field. By moving the ball quickly and methodically, the Aztex were able to create chances early and often.
The Aztex scoring outburst started in the 16th minute when Patriots defender Pablo Rodriguez was called for a hand ball in the penalty area, rewarding the Aztex with a penalty kick. Aztex forward Andres Cuero took the penalty kick and hit the ball low and to the right of Patriots goalkeeper Agustin Rey.
With the early lead, the Aztex were able to remain patient offensively. The team worked tirelessly throughout the week on ball circulation – keeping the ball and making the opponent chase it.
Cuero and the Aztex continued to mount pressure on the Patriots defense, adding two more goals in the first half. Cuero broke free down the left side of the field and sent in a cross which was headed home by Kris Tyrpak in the 22nd minute. In the 32nd minute, Cuero got his chance to score his second goal of the game when he headed in a pass from Aztex defender Mikey Ambrose.
Cuero said that during halftime, the team made the decision to send a message to the rest of the USL PDL.
“All the fans were chanting ‘we want seven’, ‘we want eight’,” Cuero said. “We responded to what they wanted. It was actually a goal that we set at halftime that we wanted to send a message to the league so I think 8-0 does that.”
The Aztex continued to put the pedal to the metal in the second half with five more goals.
Sito Seoane and Tucker Hume would add two goals apiece while Ambrose scored his first goal of the season. However, even with the offensive outburst, the Aztex defense worked to contain the Patriots to only three shots while the Aztex fired away with 22 shots.
“It was a full team effort tonight,” Aztex defender and team captain Zack Pope said. “We approach every game the exact same way. I don’t think it really matters who we are going to play. We hold ourselves to a high standard. Obviously, a lot of teams want to knock us off the top.“
Still, the eight goals is an extra sweet spot for the team. With the barrage, the Aztex set a new record of goals scored, which was originally set in a 7-0 victory over the Texas Dutch Lions in 2012.
“It’s always nice to score eight goals, but it is about the way we did it,” Pope said. “A lot of people were getting involved, keeping possession for majority of the game.”
The Austin Aztex will travel to face the Houston Dutch Lions on Tuesday, June 18 at WoodForest National Bank Stadium in Houston.
Score: Austin Aztex (6-0-0) vs. El Paso Patriots (1-6-1)
Date: Saturday, June 15, 2013
Where: House Park, Austin, Texas
Austin Aztex: Devin Cook, Zack Pope, Walker Hume, Aaron Guillen, Mikey Ambrose, Leone Cruz (Michael King, 72’) Dan Metzger (Justin Franz, 62’), Tony Rocha (Seth Casiple, 45’), Kris Tyrpak (Sito Seoane, 45’), Eddy Campbell (Tucker Hume , 62’), Andres Cuero (Robbie Derschang, 69’)
Subs Not Used: Josh Mikulewicz,
Cautions: Kris Tyrpak (25’)
El Paso Patriots: Agustin Rey, Eric Hernandez, Pablo Rodriguez, Hugo Samano, Noel Hernandez, Mario Alvarez (Adrian Del Muro, 77’), Jorge Duarte (Mark Rey, 64’), Jonathan Camarena, Jose Moreno (Sabas Ruiz, 45’), Francisco De Anda (Juan Pablo Jr., 71’), George Lara
Cautions: Francisco De Anda (25’), Eric Hernandez (34’), Jonathan Camarena (87’)
|ATX: Cuero (pk)||n.a.||16′|
|ATX: T. Hume||Franz||63′|
|ATX: T. Hume||Franz||73′|