USL Game Report
Friday, July 17, 2015
AUSTIN, Texas - Trevin Caesar had a pair of goals to lead the Austin Aztex to a 4-1 victory against Arizona United SC on Friday night at Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex.
With the win, the Aztex (6-9-3, 21pts) secured a big three points in the USL Western Conference playoff race and took their first victory against Arizona (7-9-1, 22pts), which won the first two meetings earlier in the season. The season series between the two rivals will conclude on Saturday, July 25 in Scottsdale.
Austin controlled the game from wire to wire, pressuring the Arizona back line early and often on their way to a much need 4-1 victory. Brendan King opened the scoring for the Aztex followed by a first-half brace by Caesar. Sainey Touray added the fourth goal for the Aztex in the second half.
The Aztex came out of the gates quickly, dominating possession in the early stretches of the game with aggressive, physical attacks. Coach Paul Dalglish looked to create offense from the outset, pushing the ball with fullbacks Mikey Ambrose and Max Gunderson playing high on the field.
Brendan King broke open scoring in the 18th minute on a free kick from 25 yards out that curled around the wall and past Arizona keeper Carl Woszczynski into the top-left corner of the net. King struck again just three minutes later with an assist, when he split the Arizona defense and tapped a precise pass to Caesar in the box, who put it in the back corner of the net to put Austin up 2-0.
The onslaught continued in the 41st minute, when Caesar found himself in a one-on-one opportunity with the goalkeeper off an entry pass from Kris Tyrpak on a fast break. Caesar took the ball to his right, juked past the goalkeeper to expose an open net and hit the ball in for a 3-0 halftime lead.
The Aztex's defense was seldom tested in the first half, as Arizona finished the first half with just one shot to the Aztex's 14. The Austin defense was able to force the Arizona attack wide, limiting their ability to get good looks.
Arizona came into the second half eager to close the gap, with possession swinging back and forth evenly for the beginning stretches of the half. Arizona finally got onto the scoreboard in the 64th minute, when midfielder Danny Garcia found an opening and put a shot past Austin goalkeeper Devin Perales into the left side of the net to make it 3-1.
The momentum wouldn’t last long, as the Aztex struck again to put the nail in the coffin in the 82nd minute. A long-range strike from Andres Cuero was deflected by Woszczynski directly to second-half substitute Touray, who was alone in front of the net. Touray finished the rebound first time to fire the game’s final goal into the back right corner of the net to wrap a complete performance from the hosts.