TEXAS UNITED FALLS SHORT OF COMEBACK AGAINST ENERGY FC U23
July 9, 2018 5:52 pm | by Danielle Bassetti
RECAP: TEXAS UNITED FALLS SHORT OF COMEBACK AGAINST ENERGY FC U23
Grand Prairie, TX – On Sunday, Texas United battled Energy FC U23 in a Mid-South Division matchup in the Premier Development League. Despite grabbing two goals in the second half, Texas United ultimately came up just a bit short and fell 2-3 to the visitors in AirHogs Stadium.
The match started off very quickly for Energy FC U23. After just 11 seconds into the match, Daryl Dike put the visitors in the lead with a shot that skipped by Texas United goalie Hunter Harrison. Just three minutes later Dike was able to find the back of the net again to extend the visitor’s lead 2-0 early on.
After the quick two goals by the opposition, the game slowed down and Texas United started possessing the ball better in the midfield and linking together some passes. The match began to get physical early when Energy FC U23 earned the first yellow card of the match in just the 25th minute.
Just after the first yellow card, the teams took a short mandatory water break. Both Texas United and Energy FC U23 tried to grab a late goal in the first half, but neither were able to do so as the halftime score read Texas United 0 and Energy FC U23 2.
The second half started much like the first half ended, with both teams possessing the ball and creating opportunities well. After a couple of substitutions by Texas United, midfielder Caleb Smith gave Texas United its first goal with an assist from Dominick Hernandez in the 69th minute.
Just like Energy FC U23, Texas United’s second goal came minutes after the first. In the 71st minute, substitute Pierce Williams tied the match up 2-2 with a header from close range that went just over the goalkeeper.
However, six minutes later Energy FC U23 scored the winning goal from a corner kick. At the final whistle, Energy FC U23 emerged victorious in a 3-2 victory over the home team.
Texas United has two game left in the regular season, both against division leaders Brazos Valley Cavalry FC on Tuesday in AirHogs Stadium and away at Nutrabolt Stadium on Friday. Texas United can still qualify for a playoff spot in the division, and will be in a tight battle with Brazos Valley Calvary FC to see who wins the top spot in the division.