CARSON, Calif. (July 11, 2009) – After a scoreless first half, the U-15/16 Derby County Wolves found the key to unlock the FC Dallas defense and Reed Losee provided a brace to lead his team to a 3-1 victory in their first game of Finals Week. Shutting down the Academy’s leading scorer in FC Dallas’s Ruben Luna, the Wolves continued the good form that earned them a No. 1 seed in DA Playoffs.
Dallas almost got on the board early with a free kick in the 25th minute; taking the shot from dead center about 35 yards out, Bryan Leyva lashed a shot low and hard that went wide to the left of the diving 'keeper and the goal.
In the 31st minute, Conference Starting XI honoree Ruben Luna finally made his first impact of the night, dribbling from the left side of the box across the top and blasting a shot to the far post, but his curving attempt fell wide.
The Derby County Wolves finally got their first good opportunity in the 40th minute, when midfielder Dzenan Catic headed a long ball from the back onto the chest of Losee, who was just inside the box. Collecting it calmly, Losee turned and fired—but the shot was straight to the goalkeeper and easily caught.
With the game scoreless at the half and few open opportunities for either side, it seemed like the night might be destined to be a defensive battle. But with an FC Dallas through ball in the 59th minute, the attacks started flying. Receiving the pass behind the defense, Leyva found himself 1v1 with Wolves' goalkeeper Adam Grinwis. Grinwis was up to the task and made the save—but the rebound went out to the top of the 18 yard box, where a quick thinking Jonathan Top chipped the ball on goal. With Grinwis still out of the net, it fell to Wolves' defender Stefan Grigorakis to swoop in from the left and head the ball off the line.
Capitalizing on momentum, Derby County began pushing their own attack. In the 62nd minute they finally broke through, as a rebound from Dallas keeper Nelson Morales fell to the feet of Losee, who ripped the ball into the roof of the net.
Seven minutes later the Wolves struck again, this time from a stellar individual effort from forward Tyler Jordan. Receiving a pass just inside midfield on the right sideline, Jordan pushed the ball forward, using his quick pace to beat the midfielder. Taking a sliding tackle from the FC Dallas defender and getting up quickly, Jordan collected the ball and went towards goal, calmly putting the ball by the onrushing goalkeeper for a 2-0 lead.
Despite Derby County's attempt to hold back defensively for the win, FC Dallas pulled a goal back in the 78th minute off a stellar free kick by Leyva. But with the team pushed forward looking for the tying goal, a quick Wolves' counter attack in the 82nd minute found Losee open for a breakaway. Dribbling the ball around a sliding Morales, Losee calmy put the game away with his second of the night.
Up next for Derby County is a matchup against Chicago Magic AS Monaco on Monday, July 13 at 4 pm, FC Dallas will play the New York Red Bulls at 3 pm the same day.
Match: Derby County Wolves vs. FC Dallas
Date: July 11, 2009
Competition: Development Academy Finals Week; Group 1
Venue: The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.
Kickoff: 7 p.m. PT
Weather: 65 degrees, sunny
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
DCW 0 3 3
FCD 0 1 1
DCW – Reed Losee 62nd minute
DCW – Jordan Tyler (Eric Weberman) 69
FCD – Bryan Leyva 78
DCW – Reed Losee (Sean Magee) 82
DCW: 1-Adam Grinwis; 13-Stefan Grigorakis, 21-Nicholas Prys, 2-Sean Cunningham, 10-Eric Weberman; 22-TJ VanSlooten, 4-Nathan Hicklin (8-Sean Magee, 65), 7-Joshua Barens, 28-Dzenan Catic (17-Kyle Rutz, 75); 23-Jordan Tyler (27-Kotaro Mitsuhashi, 80), 32-Reed Losee
FCD: 1-Nelson Morales; 4-Giovanni Gomez (6-Alex Frankenfeld, 68), 2-Daniel Premenko, 5-Jacob Gerondale, 14-Moises Hernandez; 18-Jonathan Top, 7-Victor Ulloa, 8-Christopher Figueroa (19-Mathew Dunn, 70), 17-Daniel Garcia (12-Darin Kruzich, 55); 10-Bryan Leyva, 9-Ruben Luna
Stats Summary: DCW / FCD
Shots: 10 / 10
Shots on Goal: 5 / 4
Saves: 2 / 3
Corner Kicks: 3 / 8
Fouls: 11 / 7
Offside: 0 / 2
DCW – TJ VanSlooten 27th minute
DCW – Nathan Hicklin 30
DCW – Joshua Barens 77
DCW – Reed Losee 80