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Two Late Goals Give Washington Premier FC the Win Over FC Dallas, 4-3

In the fifth place match in the U-15/16 age group of the 2009 Development Academy Finals Week, Washington Premier FC took advantage of two late goals to propel them past FC Dallas. Despite a brace from Jonathon Top and going up 3-1 at one point in the second half, FC Dallas was not able to hold off a late surge by the Washington side.

The scoring opened in the tenth minute with an unorthodox goal from Washington striker Darwin Jones. The Dallas defense was being pressured by the Washington forwards as they held the ball in possession. As the Dallas center back was turning to play the ball upfield out of pressure, Jones stole in to block the clearance. The ball caromed off his leg back towards the goal and over a helpless Nelson Morales. The ball settled in the back of the net for the opener.

Just five minutes later, Dallas would draw even from a well taken goal by Jonathon Top. Dallas defender Matthew Dunn picked out Top’s run from the back and played a long pass over the defense. Top ran onto the ball and tapped over Nathan Cox from about 20 yards as the onrushing keeper found himself stranded in space trying to get to the ball first.

Like clockwork, Top netted his second exactly 10 minutes later in the 25th minute. A ball was played through the midfield to forward Ruben Luna with his back to the goal about 35 yards from goal. He controlled and on the half turn, picked out a streaking Top with a through ball. Top successfully beat the offside trap and found himself alone with the keeper, finishing low and into the back of the net.

The teams went into halftime at 2-1 with Dallas in control of the match on the scoreboard and possession.

The second half spelled much of the same in the 44th minute when Luna created another chance. He received the ball in the right channel and advanced forward and across the box. His horizontal movement drew in the Washington defenders which left Moises Hernandez with space on the left. Luna slid the ball across to Hernandez who fired home a strong left footed shot beyond the keeper.

Just as Dallas seemed to have a stranglehold on the proceedings, Washington pulled one back through Andrew Weisshar. The substitute went on a mazy run down the left and after beating several defenders, wrong footed Morales from just inside the area.

With the score line at 3-2 in favor of Dallas, the team from Texas concentrated on possessing the ball as the closing minutes of the game approached, they seemed heading for the victory. However, Washington kept pressing and found the equalizer in the 78th minute from a long throw on the right. The ball skipped of the fist of the keeper and fell to Jamael Cox and the far post. He tapped in to seemingly send the game to extra time. But it was to be Washington’s game when another long throw in the last minute of play ended up in the back of the net. The throw sailed over the first line of defenders and the keeper. At the corner of the six yard box at the far post, the ball hit a Dallas defender’s knee and into the goal. The keeper was not able to prevent the ball from crossing the line and Washington had taken the lead on two goals in two minutes.

The referee signaled the end of the match shortly after giving Washington the victory and a fifth place finish at the Development Academy Finals Week.

Match: U-15/16 Washington Premier FC vs. U-15/16 FC Dallas
Date: July 17, 2009
Competition: Development Academy Finals Week
Venue: Home Depot Center, Carson, Calif.
Kickoff: 3 p.m. PT
Weather: 77 degrees, sunny

Scoring Summary:    1    2    F
WAP                              1    3    4
FCD                              2    1    3

WAP – Darwin Jones                                       10th minute
FCD – Jonathoan Top (Matthew Dunn)        15
FCD – Jonathon Top (Ruben Luna)              25
FCD – Moises Hernandez (Ruben Luna)    44
WAP – Andrew Weisshar (Jamael Cox)       49
WAP – Jamael Cox                                          78
WAP – own goal                                               79

WAP: 18-Nathan Cox; 12-Nathan Boatright, 14-Kenneth Phillips, 17-Jeremy Wentzel (15-Brandon Brockway, 41); 6-Evan Robicheau (2-Max Thomas, 41), 4-Christopher Chu (Chase Hanson, 67), 9-Troy Peterson, 10-Pablo De la Cruz (71-Jacob Bechtel, 41), 11-Jamael Cox; 16-Darwin Jones, 7-Sean Okoli (20-Andrew Weisshar, 48)
Head Coach: James McAlister

FCD: 1-Nelson Morales (22-Reece Doan, 67); 14-Moises Hernandez, 5-Jacob Gerondale, 19-Matthew Dunn, 6-Alex Frankenfeld (Darin Kruzich, 60); 17-Daniel Garcia (10-Bryan Leyva, 28), 8-Christopher Figueroa (20-Jose Gamino, 52), 7-Victor Ulloa, 18-JonathonTop; 11-Marco Carrizales (16-Rigel Mathis, 41), 9-Ruben Luna
Head Coach: Oscar Pareja

Stats Summary: WAP / FCD
Shots: 14 / 9
Shots on Goal: 5 / 7
Saves: 4 / 3
Corner Kicks: 5 / 1
Fouls: 4 / 4
Offside: 4 / 2

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