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Fort Worth Vaqueros battle Dallas City FC to season opening draw

Published 5/9/2015 7:46:10 AM by staff from dallas
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Nothing like a good rivalry match to open the 2015 NPSL season as the Fort Worth Vaqueros travelled to Bishop Lynch High School to face Dallas City FC. Throw in a thunderstorm, a bucketload of goals and you got quite an entertaining night for only $5.  

The Vaqueros were looking for better after being swept in all four matches between the two last year. Dallas City opened with a strong wind at their backs as a good old Texas thunder shower approached.  The match made it just over three minutes before the skies opened up and a torrential downpour fell.  Forty seconds later the game was suspended as players and fans alike ran for cover.

The match was delayed approximately thirty minutes as the rain, lightning and thunder passed.  A short warmup and we were once again underway in the season opener.

Play restarted and within a minute Fort Worth had a lead thanks to a Dallas defensive blunder.   The defender tried to dribble out and was quickly dispossessed.   The ball fell right to Jorge DeLeon who went to goal. He fired from 25 yards out sending a waist high strike that looked to be a comfortable save for the DFC keeper.  Somehow the ball went right threw him and into the net for an early Vaqueros lead.

The next twenty minutes were mostly contested in the midfield as neither side showed any real attack.  Alex Molano got the first shot of the night for Dallas City as he fired from long range.  FW keeper Arturo Sanchez easily handled the strike on a short hop though.  The Vaqueros got a chance of their own at the other end as left back Jaime Benitez got forward.  His shot hit side netting though and the match remained 1-0.

Dallas looked to have tied the match just before the break as a nice ball got in behind the Fort Worth defense.  Sanchez raced out only to see the ball flicked past him and just inside the back post.  As the celebration began the whistle blew for offside as the linesman flagged.  Very close call.

The Vaqueros nearly doubled their lead in the 33rd as a corner was driven in to the near post.  Corwin Carbonell arrived perfectly to meet the ball but put his volley over the crossbar from close range.  A bad miss that might be costly later.

Fort Worth were gifted another opportunity in first half stoppage time as an attacking cross to the Dallas City back post was intercepted by a defender.  He took the ball out of the air and left it for his keeper who scooped it up.  The referee deemed it an intentional back pass and awarded the Vaqueros an indirect free kick at the penalty spot even though the foul was actually just outside the six. Fort Worth lined up for the dangerous restart touching the ball for Papa Fall who promptly blazed the shot over the crossbar. Power didn't win out over placement on that one.  Another golden opportunity wasted and the game went to the break 1-0 to Fort Worth.

Dallas City came out for the second half with work to do.  Despite having the better of possession and attack time, the three best chances of the opening half fell to their opponents.  It was Fort Worth that opened on the front foot though as Jorge DeLeon ripped a shot just high after only forty seconds.

Dallas City got their break in the 54th minute as a nice pass slipped past a pair of FW defenders.  Papa Fall raced out and put in a slide tackle.  He got ball but went right through the attacker.  Both referee and linesman agreed on a foul and DFC had a penalty kick.  Alex Molano stepped up and saw his very average penalty saved by Arturo Sanchez.  The rebound came right back to Molano who powered over the empty net. Ouch.  Still 1-0 to the Vaqueros.

The penalty miss was almost immediately punished as a silly foul yielded a Vaqueros free kick.  The ball was launched into the box from forty yards where the Dallas defense failed to deal with it.  The loose ball fell for Corwin Carbonell whose volley from fifteen curled just over the Dallas keeper and into the net. 2-0 to the visitors and big trouble for Dallas City.

Fort Worth were in control and needed to manage out the match.  Instead things went all wrong.  Dallas City got a goal back in the 64th minute as a cross drifted over Papa Fall to the back post where a Dallas forward chested down and scored.  Life from the home side.

It was short lived though as substitute  Nestor Martinez blasted from 20 yards out past the helpless DFC keeper and into the net just six minutes later.  Once again Fort Worth had what should have been a comfortable two goal lead.  It didn’t turn out that way however.

The goals were coming fast and furious now and it was Dallas City's turn.  Alex Molano got some redemption from his penalty miss as he curled home a free kick from 23 yards.  Dallas once again had life as they cut the lead back to a single goal with plenty of time to play.

Fort Worth was hanging on for dear life as both Tyler Humphrey and Ricky Mejia had to leave as they ran out of gas.  It was all one way traffic as Dallas were throwing players forward.  Alex Molano was completely bossing the match popping up everywhere in the midfield.

The pressure was rewarded in the 85th minute as Dallas City tied the game at three.  A Dallas central defender stepped up to win a ball in the midfield and join the attack.  He played into the center forward and kept his run as the ball as laid off for him.  From there he curled a first time strike past Sanchez who was rooted in his spot.  The comeback was complete.

The wild match ended 3-3 with neither side satisfied.  For a season opener the soccer fan could not have asked for a more entertaining match.  Both teams move forward with a point and plenty or talking points.  The Fort Worth Vaqueros are back next weekend for their home opener Saturday night at Texas Wesleyan University as they host Houston.

Label: Fort Worth Vaqueros 3 Dallas City FC 3, Corwin Carbonell, Alex Molano, Nestor Hernandez
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