MILWAUKEE (July 13, 2011) – Pateadores advanced to the 2011 Development Academy Finals Week championship match in the U-17/18 division with a dramatic 4-2 win against Players Development Academy, scoring twice in the final two minutes of the game to claim the top spot in Group 1. The first-time participants in Finals Week will face FC Dallas for the title July 15 at 12 p.m. CT live on ESPNU and ESPN3.com.
Pateadores entered the match with a one goal advantage over the Dallas Texas in goal difference. The Texans were facing the New York Red Bulls in the other Group 1 finale played simultaneously and did their best to make up the goal differential, capturing a comprehensive 3-0 victory. However, Pateadores proved equal to the challenge by scoring goals in the 88th and 90th minutes to even out the goal differential. Second-half substitute Roberto Escudero’s strike in the final minute of play proved decisive, elevating Pateadores above the Texans in total goals scored to clinch first place in the group.
Irvin Parra-Anaya put Pateadores on the board first in the ninth minute. Pateadores captain Jose Rivera won a 50-50 ball about 30 yards out and stopped his striker on the move, sending a deft chip over the defense into the box where Parra-Anaya launched a half-volley that buzzed into the net. Parra-Anaya added another goal and an assist to earn ussoccer.com Man of the Match honors
Players Development Academy pulled even 20 minutes later when Andrew Falk sent a ball up the left flank for Hayden Harr. Pateadores goalkeeper Juan Cervantes came out to close the angle, but Harr’s powerful strike whizzed past him and clanged off the far post and into the goal.
Parra-Anaya added his second goal in the 41st minute after Jose Villareal was fouled about 20 yards out. Villareal was still getting up when Rivera smartly played the quick free kick forward, sending Parra-Anaya through alone behind the defense. Parra-Anaya did not waste the opportunity, taking a couple controlling touches before slamming in the go-ahead goal just before halftime.
At halftime, PDA head coach Sam Nellins replaced Oliver Murphy with Noah Sadaoui. Sadaoui added energy to the match, drifting from side to side. After seeing several chances go wide, Sadaoui was finally able to get on the score sheet when co-captain Nathan Bruccoleri sent a ball up the middle for Christiano Francois. Francois turned and took a couple touches before slotting it to his left for Sadaoui, who cut inside on his defender and fired a blast into the far corner.
With Dallas ahead 3-0 against the New York Red Bulls, the future looked grim for Pateadores, but the squad demonstrated composure and pulled ahead with a goal from Maxxwell Bauman with two minutes left. Pateadores earned a corner kick on the left side and Villareal sent in a cross to the far post. Bauman, who entered the game in the 47th minute, leaped over his defender and hit an authoritative header straight into the upper-90.
The third goal wouldn’t be enough to send Pateadores to the championship, however, and the players demonstrated both urgency and maturity with the game reaching its final moments. Their poise paid off in the last minute of regulation.
Villareal collected the ball on the right side and sent a long cross to the left side of the area for Parra-Anaya, who brought the ball down with his chest and took a shot that Hand saved at the near post. The rebound went right back to Parra-Anaya, who unselfishly passed the ball to Escudero. In alone in front of an open net, he slammed home the goal that would put the team into the championship game.
- U.S. Soccer Development Academy Match Report -
Match: Pateadores vs. Players Development Academy
Date: July 13, 2011
Competition: 2011 Development Academy Finals Week; U-17/18 - Group 1
Venue: Uihlein Soccer Park; Milwaukee, Wis.
Kickoff: 3 p.m. CT
Weather: 70 degrees, partly cloudy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
Pateadores 2 2 4
Players Development Academy 1 1 2
PAT – Irvin Parra-Anaya (Jose Rivera) 9th minute
PDA – Hayden Harr (Andrew Falk) 29
PAT – Irvin Parra-Anaya (Jose Rivera) 41
PDA – Noah Sadaoui (Christian Hernandez) 81
PAT – Maxxwell Bauman (Jose Villareal) 88
PAT – Roberto Escudero (Irvin Parra-Anaya) 90
PAT: 61-Juan Cervantes; 5-Victor Calderon, 15-Javan Torre, 21-Pedro Lugo, Jr., 36-Oscar Sorto (2-Maxxwell Bauman, 67); 3-Michael Bautista (28-Casey Macias, 83), 11-Jefrey Payeras, 9-Jose Rivera, 12-Jackson McCracken (41-Roberto Escudero, 60); 24-Jose Villareal, 10-Irvin Parra-Anaya
Subs not used: 8-Kevin Alva, 14-Samuel Nicanor, 20-Daniel Theobald, 60-Bryan Hernandez
Head Coach: Todd Saldana
PDA: 31-Thomas Hand; 3-Derek Luke, 5-Matthew Jeffrey, 6-Matthias Sheeleigh (capt.), 10-Matthew Wiltse; 30-Andrew Falk (28-Trey Leggett, 57), 7-Christian Hernandez, 16-Oliver Murphy (29-Noah Sadaoui, 46), 2-Nathan Bruccoleri (capt.); 18-Christiano Francois, 8-Hayden Harr (9-Shaquille Hamilton, 70)
Subs not used: 1-David Giddings, 17-Roberto Kroschwitz, 19-Maxx Wurzburger, 20-Risi Desai
Head coach: Sam Nellins
Stats Summary: PAT / PDA
Shots: 17 / 12
Shots on Goal: 8 / 7
Saves: 5 / 3
Corner Kicks: 7 / 5
Fouls: 14 / 10
Offside: 7 / 4
PDA – Christian Hernandez (caution) 8th minute
PAT – Pedro Lugo, Jr. (caution) 54
PAT – Jackson McCracken (caution) 64
PAT – Michael Bautista (caution) 71
PDA – Matthias Sheeleigh (caution) 88
Referee: Robert Sibiga
Assistant Referee 1: Danny Thornberry
Assistant Referee 2: Michael Miscannon
Fourth Official: Cedric Adams
ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Irvin Parra-Anaya (Pateadores)