SATURDAY, JULY 7
ROUND ROCK, TX – Both FC Austin Elite and ASA El Paso were looking to get their two-match weekend off to good starts but it was the hosts who powered home eight goals en route to three points on Saturday night. Kimberlin Palacios gave FCA the lead in the 22nd minute as she finished off Christina Arteaga’s ball for her third goal of the season. That lead was short lived however as ASA El Paso got an equalizing tally minutes later from Valeria Rey in the 27th minute. Palacios got her team back in front in the 38th minute and after assisting Palacios’ second strike, Emily Jorgens got herself in the goal column in the 44th minute. The hosts took that 3-1 lead into the locker room and never looked back as they put the ball into the back of the net five times in the second half. Christina Arteaga scored a hat trick in the second stanza, tallying goals in the 46th, 66th and 76th minute while Palacios rounded out her three-goal night on the hour mark. Gretta LaCouture added her name to the scoresheet with a 74th minute goal while Jorgens, in addition to her first-half goal, had four assists on the night. Maya Dossing stopped five shots in 77 minutes for FCA before Katarina Buck saw out the remaining minutes.
HOUSTON, TX – The Houston Aces made it seven wins in seven games on Saturday night as they defeated HAR FC 4-0 on the strength of Gisella Arrieta’s two-goal effort. The Colombian international wasted little time giving her team the lead as she tallied her 11th goal of the season in the fourth minute of action, finishing off Tatiana Ariza’s service. Ariza added to the lead in the 37th minute with her fifth goal of the season before Arrieta scored her second just minutes before half time. Credit the HAR FC defense as they were able to keep the Aces attackers at bay throughout the second half, as the Conference Champs had been able to put teams away with quick-fire goals in the later stages of their previous matches. But the Aces could only score once more in the second half through Isabella Echeverri Restrepo’s 77th minute strike. Cailey Croson was a big reason in keeping the Aces’ attack quiet as she stopped seven on the evening, despite taking the loss. Lauren Lovejoy and Anna Hughes split the minutes in goal for Houston and each made one save on the night.
SUNDAY, JUNE 8
HOUSTON, TX – HAR FC snapped a five-match losing streak with a 3-1 victory over FC Austin Elite on Sunday night, picking up their first win since their opening weekend result over ASA El Paso. Idalys Rea gave the hosts the lead in the 17th minute and HAR FC probably felt like they could have carried more than just a one-goal advantage into halftime if it wasn’t for the five saves Katarina Buck made in the FCA goal. But as Maya Dossing came in to take over the reigns in goal for FCA in the second half, HAR FC broke through with two goals inside of 20 minutes after the restart. Kate Edwards scored within a minute of the second half kickoff and Sophia Manibo made it 3-0 in the 56th minute with her first goal of the season. After a one-goal, four-assist performance on Saturday against ASA El Paso, Emily Jorgens capped off her impressive weekend by scoring in the 66th minute. But it wasn’t enough to deny HAR FC their second win of the campaign. Salma Ghazal earned the win in goal for the hosts, stopping five.
DUNCANVILLE, TX – After traveling out to El Paso last week and winning 3-0, North Texas made short work in taking the season sweep over their West Texas rivals on Sunday night, winning 8-0 to jump into second place in the Southwest Conference. It was a night to remember for Miah Zuazua as the University of Southern Mississippi striker tallied a pair of goals and assisted on three others to lead the Image. She facilitated each of North Texas’ first two goals on the night, setting up Jessica Dowse’s fifth minute goal and Tameir Grosvenor’s strike in the 11th minute. Then it was Zuazua’s turn to find the back of the net as after her team earned a penalty kick in the 31st minute, she stepped up to put it home. After taking a 3-0 lead into the locker room, NTX added five in the second half, highlighted by a brace from substitute Melinda Pina. NTX goalkeeper Cindy Castillo made nine saves for the clean sheet while Meagan Smith made nine saves in 77 minutes of action for ASA El Paso.
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