Courtesy Austin Aztex Media Relations
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla (Saturday, May 11, 2013) — The Austin Aztex faced stiff opposition from Oklahoma City in the USL PDL season opener Saturday night, but were able to score two late goals in a 2-1 victory.
Westlake High School’s Walker Hume sealed the victory for the Aztex in the 88th minute when the 6-foot-5-inch defender sent a looping headed shot into the far side of the opponent’s goal. Justin Franz, from Cedar Park, provided the assist with a long throw in.
The Aztex faced tremendous pressure from Oklahoma City FC, who were playing their first home game in their inaugural season. The Aztex were able to maintain ball possession in their defensive half, but could not connect passes and create scoring chances early on.
Meanwhile, Oklahoma City FC capitalized on an Aztex foul. Oklahoma City’s Adam Black scored for the home team when he kicked a left-footed free kick that curved around the Aztex wall and into the goal.
The Aztex were forced to make early adjustments, sending Walker Hume in at forward for Jacob Powell to add height to the Aztex attack.
The second half adjustments for the Aztex paid off as they were able to maintain possession and connect on short passes to create dangerous attacking opportunities. The Aztex found the game-tying goal in the 77th minute when Tony Rocha’s free kick deflected off of a defender and found the back of the net. Hume’s goal ten minutes later sealed the victory for the Aztex.
Next up for the Austin Aztex is a home match against NTX Rayados in the First Round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Kickoff will be 7:30 p.m. at House Park.
Score: Austin Aztex (1-0-0) vs. Oklahoma City FC (0-1-0)
Date: Saturday, May 11, 2013
Where: Stars Field, Oklahoma City, Okla.
Austin Aztex: Josh Mikulewicz, Leone Cruz, Zack Pope (Oumar Djiba, 70’), Max Gunderson, Zachary Garcia, Tony Rocha, Chuy Cortes (Walker Hume, 55’), Kris Tyrpak, Jacob Powell (Tucker Hume, 32’), Andres Cuero (Justin Franz, 88’)
Subs Not Used: John Kaschak, Sito Seoane
Cautions: Cortes (45+’)
Oklahoma City FC: Brian Byars, Tyler Ortlieb, Scotty Parkinson, Chris Spendlove, Andrew Webster (Nathan Doll, 70’), Danny Frid, Niall Crick, Luis “emus( Liam Madden) (Austin Place, 83), Tommy Hubbard, Adam Black, Nicolas Alberto (Kevin Cabello, 83’)
Subs not used: Jennings Clarke, Anthony Buchannon, Jake Cottage
Cautions: Madden (68’), Spendlove (73’)
Player: Assist: Minute:
OKC: Black 20’
ATX: Rocha 77’
ATX: W. Hume Franz 88’