The Austin Aztex (11-1-1) netted five goals in the first half and cruised to their 11th win of the season with a 6-0 win versus the West Texas Sockers (3-8-2)Thursday evening in Midland. Six different Aztex players contributed to the scoreline during the barrage.

Aztex head coach Paul Dalglish told the team before the game that the ability to beat teams that had winning or losing records either home or away, is the test of a team with championship mettle. Dalglish left the Aztex to task and the squad made a point to give the squad a quick advantage.

The Aztex scored the first goal in the 12th minute with strong build up play in the midfield.  Aztex midfielder Tony Rocha got the ball and sent a through ball to Kris Tyrpak. Tyrpak beat the Sockers defenders on the back line and had a one-on-one with Sockers goalkeeper Robin Allard. Tyrpak hit the ball past Allard for the first goal.

The Sockers almost came back with an early response when Sockers forward Joe Munoz received a cross that dropped in between center backs Walker Hume and Aaron Guillen. Munoz was free for a one-on-one with goalkeeper Devin Cook, but Cook made the save as the ball sailed straight up in the air. It appeared the Sockers would get the ball in off the rebound, but Guillen was able to clear the ball away with an overhead kick.

Rocha added the second goal of the game in the 28th minute when he worked his way along the baseline and hit a precise shot that caromed off the bottom of the crossbar and bounced in the goal.

Aztex midfielder Chuy Cortes, playing in defense Thursday night, scored the third goal in the 30th minute when his free kick glanced off of a Sockers defender while on its way to goal. Cortes contributed to the fourth goal of the game in the 34th minute when he worked his way along the right flank and sent in a cross to the middle of the penalty area. Aztex forward Khiry Shelton hammered the ball with a right-footed volley into the back of the Sockers net.

“It was different playing in defense,” Cortes said. “It was my first game playing in the back line. In the first fifteen minutes I was kind of lost, but afterward the game started going I found myself settling in and had fun.”

“It felt good to contribute to the offense from defense. I want to contribute as much as I can to the team, just like everyone else. I want to help the team as much as possible.”

Shelton’s goal came in his 2013 debut for the Aztex.

“It feels great coming back and playing for the Aztex,” Shelton said. “It is good coming back and feeling welcome into the group.”

The Aztex fifth goal came courtesy of Sito Seoane, who received a pass from Kris Tyrpak and slotted the ball past the goalkeeper for the fifth goal of the half. In the 78th minute, Rocha set up Walker Hume for the sixth goal of the game.

The Aztex defense absorbed the pressure from the Sockers in the second half for their second consecutive shutout.

“There was a lot of communication along the back,” Walker Hume said. “We held together and did what we needed to do to get the clean sheet.”

The Aztex wrap up their regular season against the El Paso Patriots on Saturday in El Paso. The Aztex will host the Southern Conference Playoffs on Friday, July 26 and Saturday, July 27. With Thursday night’s win, the Aztex are assured to have at least a share of the best record in the USL PDL Southern Conference at season’s end.

Box Score:

Score: Austin Aztex 6 (11-1-1) vs. West Texas Sockers 0 (3-8-2)

Date: Saturday, July 18, 2013

Where: Grande Communications Stadium, Midland, Texas

Weather: Partly Cloudy

Austin Aztex: Devin Cook, Max Gunderson (Zack Pope, 75’), Aaron Guillen (Michael King, 58’), Walker Hume, Chuy Cortes, Tony Rocha, Andres Cuero (Jeff Harwell, 75’), Alesi Osorio (Leone Cruz, 69’), Khiry Shelton (Eddy Campbell, 58’), Kris Tyrpak, Sito Seoane (Tucker Hume, 75’)

Subs Not Used: John Kaschak

West Texas Sockers:  Robin Allard, James Duvceski, Tyler Tarango, Dishon Isaac, Chase Robertson, Andres Maldonado (Ethan Baltier, 82’), Jose Anchondo, Tyler Smith (Releigh Gregston, 87’), Kal Herbert (Andrew Arraiga, 35’), Joe Munoz, Vitales Atemafac (Gabriel Mendoza, 87’)

Subs Not Used: Ryan Dunlevy, Jesus Munoz, Christopher Hawkins

Scoring Summary:

Player Assist Minute
ATX: Tyrpak Rocha 12′
ATX: Rocha n.a. 28′
ATX: Cortes n.a. 30′
ATX: Shelton Cortes 34′
ATX: Seoane Tyrpak 45′
ATX: W. Hume Rocha 78′