HOUSTON (July 23, 2012) – After searching for a breakthrough deep into the second half, Pateadores finally unlocked PA Classics en route to a 2-0 win in the Development Academy Finals Week U-15/16 fifth-place match on Monday at the Houston Amateur Sports Park.
The match was mired in the midfield for long stretches as each team attempted to figure out the best point of attack with few serious chances at goal. Neither team seriously threatened to score, instead settling for shots from distance in the opening 20 minutes.
PA Classics midfielder Connor Maloney found a lane on the right side of the penalty box in the 33rd minute, nearly breaking the deadlock with a low shot that was tipped just wide of the far post by Pateadores goalkeeper Erick Gutierrez before a teammate collected the ball and ushered it out of danger.
Maloney, who led PA Classics with four shots during the match, had another chance to put the Pennsylvania side ahead in the 54th minute, but Gutierrez was able to come out of his net and cut down Maloney’s angle to make the save and keep the match level.
Just six minutes later, Pateadores solved the puzzle as a nice passing combination on the right flank between Brian Torres and Kevin De la Torre found Nahum Paz inside the box. Paz was able to turn around his defender and easily slot his shot past PA Classics goalkeeper Brent Arnold for a 1-0 lead in the 60th minute.
“I think every game we’re trying to win and trying to play properly,” Pateadores head coach Matt Tutton said. “The guys stuck to it even though they missed out on a couple things they had their sights set on. It was a good performance. They kept the ball and moved it and did the things we asked them to do. It’s always good to go out on a high note.
“It was an excellent week. It was a great experience for everybody to see what it’s like and play in really competitive games and put themselves in a position to really focus on soccer for an entire week.”
Pateadores, whose U-17/18 team won the 2010-11 Development Academy championship, doubled the lead in the 66th minute when PA Classics gave the ball away in its defensive third, allowing De la Torre time to corral the ball and poke a shot past Arnold to make the score 2-0 with just 14 minutes remaining on the clock.
“A lot of work goes into getting you here,” Tutton said. “We think we’ve got a formula that we’re putting together that’s working. These are expectations now, not just to do it once, but to be in this position every year.”
-U.S. Soccer Development Academy Match Report-
Match: Pateadores vs. PA Classics
Date: July 23, 2012
Competition: Development Academy Finals Week – U-15/16
Venue: Houston Amateur Sports Park
Kickoff: 10 a.m. CT
Weather: 86 degrees, partly cloudy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
PAT 0 2 2
PAC 0 0 0
PAT – Nahum Paz (Kevin De la Torre) 60th minute
PAT – Kevin De la Torre 66
PAT: 61-Erick Gutierrez; 30-Jose Castillo (35-Nathan Miramontes, 68), 43-Alex Rosales, 37-Colin McDermott, 40-Nick Stanley (39-Corey Schramm, 52); 19-Brian Torres, 34-Nahum Paz, 33-Jaric Marton (45-Christian Castillo, 52), 27-John Baron, 41-Kyle Pizano (46-Arturo Fragoso, 59); 28-Kevin De la Torre
Substitutions Not Used: 60-Brandon Gomez
Head coach: Matt Tutton
PAC: 1-Brent Arnold; 13-John Philbin (15-Callen Wendler, 66), 8-Brian Nana-Sinkam, 10-Kody Eberly, 11-Shawn Morrison (4-Keegan Wilson, 73); 14-Andrew Skundrich, 21-Austin Kuhn (12-Andrew Mannon, 66), 16-Ian McManness (5-Shawn Peterson, 40), 3-Connor Maloney, 17-Drew Mahoney (32-Alec Sensenig, 66); 44-Joseph Julius
Substitutions Not Used: None
Head coach: Steve Klein
Stats Summary: PAT / PAC
Shots: 9 / 6
Shots on Goal: 4 / 3
Saves: 3 / 2
Corner Kicks: 1 / 1
Fouls: 1 / 4
Offside: 2 / 2
Referee: Bernhardt Hosu
Assistant Referee 1: Brandon Rinkenberger
Assistant Referee 2: Kip Jackson
Fourth Official: Richonne Clark
ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Kevin De la Torre