Grand Prairie, Texas- Texas United was determined to come out and win the game in the same way they did last Wednesday to extend their home winning streak, but FC Cleburne’s persistence and control of the game, kept the home team at edge.
Texas United started the first half very solid offensively, looking for goals. FC Cleburne was taking plenty shots to goal, but United’s goalie Matt Karasinski managed to keep the score 0-0.
In the 41st minute, the first and only goal of the game for Texas United came courtesy of an assist by forward Miguel Velasquez who crossed the ball from the left corner to forward Patricio Botello blasting the ball into the net to put the team up 1-0.
After this the team lost its intensity. Just minutes after, FC Cleburne tied the game 1-1 with a goal from midfielder, Kwabena Sapon-Amoah who was unmarked when he surprised Karansinski with the goal.
“Our mentality in the first half just wasn’t good enough,” said Coach Ryan Higginbotham.
In the second half, Texas United tried pressuring FC Cleburne’s defense but couldn’t get any shots on goal, and struggled with keeping up with the tempo of the game by trying to create three and four touch passes.
FC Cleburne on the other hand took advantage of this and in the 56th minute of the second half, Cleburne sealed the score when forward Gerber Chavez received a one-touch pass from forward Anthony Powell to make the final score 2-1.
Texas United had a chance at an equalizer in the 92nd minute, when Velasquez had the opportunity at a direct free kick at FC Cleburne’s goal box, but ended up blasting the ball over the post.
“I give all the credit to their guys, they started and finished the game strong,” said Higginbotham. “The goal at the end of first in some ways was good, because we got ourselves right as a team defensively and then we gave up a goal on the second half that got to us.”
Texas United goes on the road for three games making their first stop at the University of Central Oklahoma to take on OKC Energy U-23, May 23 at 4 p.m.
Coach Higginbotham hopes the team can learn from their first loss to have a successful road trip.
“We’ll work with the players at practice so they can train more with each other and learn each other’s plays,” said Higginbotham. “So when we get to Oklahoma City, we leave with a good result.”