Two Late Goals Preserve Aztex' Perfect Record
The Austin Aztex scored twice in the last 10 minutes Saturday night in the Woodlands to beat the Houston Dutch Lions, 2-1, and move to 5-0 and hold onto first place in the PDL Mid South division. Next up: The Aztex return to the friendly confines of House Park to take on the El Paso Patriots, at 7:30pm this Saturday, June 15.
The Aztex controlled much of the possession against the Dutch Lions, but found themselves behind just before halftime on a play that resulted from an intercepted clearance attempt. The score remained the same until a flurry of late substitutions by Aztex coach Paul Dalglish seemed to turn the tide. Forward Tucker Hume, brought on in the 70th minute, was pulled down in the box by a Lions defender in the 82nd, and the resulting penalty shot was driven home by defender Leone Cruz, who had himself been in the game just a couple of minutes. The Aztex then claimed the full three points late in extra time, on Hume's diving header, connecting with a Tony Rocha cross.
It's a good thing they did, too, because second-place Oklahoma City FC kept pace, beating the Laredo Heat 3-2 with their own late rally. That leaves OKC three points back of Austin in the PDL Mid South, despite having played two more games. In last year's inaugural season, the Aztex won games by scores like 7-0 and 6-1; this season, by contrast, they've opened with five straight one-goal wins. At 5-0, the Aztex are tied with the Thunder Bay Chill for the best record in the 64-team PDL.
Mid South Standings
5--0--0--15 - Austin Aztex
4--3--0--12 - Oklahoma City FC
2--2--1--07 - Laredo Heat
2--3--1--07 - Houston Dutch Lions
2--4--1--07 - West Texas Sockers
1--4--1--04 - El Paso Patriots
Remaining Aztex Home Schedule
Saturday, June 15: El Paso
Saturday, June 29: Houston
Friday, July 5: West Texas
Saturday, July 13: OKC