Following a disappointing game against the Monterrey Flash early in December, there was one mission at hand: a crucial victory. Following their unforgettable 14-1 loss, the Sidekicks were seeking vengeance in front of their home crowd for their home opener. Texas native and Sidekick Goalkeeper Juan Gamboa would be the man responsible for leading the team to victory as he represented them with the Captain’s armband.
In the first quarter of the game, lots of goal scoring opportunities popped up for both sides. Unfortunately, the first goal came from the Flash to place themselves ahead early in the first quarter. With five minutes left in the first quarter; a goal would be wrongfully disallowed after the officials failed to concede the advantage. A few minutes later, after a corner kick that Arthur Ivo executed perfectly, Freddy Moojen would send it to the back of the net. That goal would be Moojen’s first goal of the game and his second goal of the season.
Thirty seconds into the start of the second half, Luis Andrade helped the Sidekicks cut the goal-margin by one. Minutes after Andrade’s goal, Freddy Mooje would score his second of the night and the equalizer to bring the score 3-3. For the first time in the game, the Sidekicks would place themselves ahead in the scoreboard after an excellent goal by Luis Andrade to make it 4-3. The third quarter would end very much in favor of the Sidekicks, leading 4-3.
At the start of the fourth quarter, the lead would disappear when Monterrey scored the equalizer just a few minutes into the fourth quarter. They would take the lead following an indirect free-kick, this time making it 5-4. An impressive goal by Dallas’ Billy O’Dwyer would bring the game back to 5-5. Unfortunately, it was all downhill from there for the Sidekicks and their fans.
Monterrey Flash comfortably won the game 10-6 giving the Sidekicks yet another loss to extend their winless streak to begin this season. The Sidekicks played great in this match, but it wasn’t enough to get that desired first win of the season in front of their fans.
Luis Felipe de Andrade “Lipe” gave his remarks after yer another Sidekick loss: “It’s sad and painful. It’s not what we wanted, but we have to lift our heads and work hard. If we lose games, we know we can win them as well.”
Saturday night’s loss marked the fourth straight loss to the start the season. Changes, tactically, and individually need to change quickly if they want to get the season back on track.
The Sidekicks will face the Kansas City Comets on Sunday, December 22, at 3:05 pm CST at the Allen Event Center.
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