Aztex to Host Southern Conference Playoffs

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AUSTIN, Texas (July 22, 2013)  — The Austin Aztex have announced the matchups and kickoff times for the USL PDL Southern Conference Championships to be held Friday, July 26 and Saturday, July 27 at House Park.

On Friday, the Ocala Stampede (11-3-0, 33 pts.) will play the Laredo Heat (8-2-4, 28 pts.) in the first semifinal game to be held at 5:00 p.m. The top-seeded Austin Aztex (11-1-2, 35 pts.) will host the Panama City Beach Pirates (10-3-1, 31 pts.) for the second semifinal game on Friday, with kickoff at 7:30 p.m. The winners of the two matches Friday will square off for the PDL Southern Conference title on Saturday, July 27 at House Park, 7:30 p.m.

The USL PDL Southern Conference is comprised of two divisions, the Mid South Division and the Southeast Division. The top two teams at the end of the regular season qualify for the playoffs. The Austin Aztex, the 2013 Mid South Division Champions, were named the host of this year’s playoff on July 16. Representing the Mid South Division along with the Aztex are the Laredo Heat, who were the four-time defending division champions until the Aztex won the division title this season. Representing the Southeast are division champions the Ocala Stampede and the Panama City Beach Pirates.

The winner of the Southern Conference Playoffs will enter a final round of playoffs for the USL PDL League Championship, along with the winners of the Northern Conference, Eastern Conference, and Western Conference finals. The location of the final playoffs will be determined among the four representing teams.

In 2012, the Austin Aztex defeated the top-seeded Ocala Stampede in Ocala, Florida in the first round of the Southern Conference Playoffs.

Aztex Vex Dutch Lions, 4-0

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AUSTIN, Texas (Saturday, June 29, 2013) — The Austin Aztex (8-0-1) remained undefeated on the season and inched closer to a playoff spot when they defeated the Houston Dutch Lions (2-7-1) 4-0 Saturday night at House Park.

The win allowed for the Aztex to sweep the Dutch Lions after four matches and extend their defensive shutout streak to 409 minutes, not having allowed a goal since June 8. Continue reading

Aztex Drop Visiting Dutch Lions, 2-1

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AUSTIN, Texas (Saturday, June 8, 2013) — The Austin Aztex needed two goals at the closing minutes of the game to keep their undefeated record intact as they dispatched the Houston Dutch Lions 2-1 in Houston.

Both teams fought hard throughout the entire match, as players from both squads worked tirelessly to get to the ball. The Aztex tested the Dutch Lions by maintaining possession for long periods of the game.

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Aztex Best Rival Laredo, 1-0 at Home

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AUSTIN, Texas (Saturday, May 25, 2013) — The Austin Aztex (3-0-0) needed only one goal and for the defense to take care of the rest in a 1-0 victory over the Laredo Heat (1-1-1) Saturday evening at House Park.

Aztex midfielder Seth Casiple had as strong a debut as possible for the Aztex when he stepped onto the field in the 57th minute for the Aztex to take a free kick. Casiple’s shot flew past diving Heat goalkeeper Emmanuel Frias.
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Scorpions Exposed, Eliminated by PDL Amateurs, FC Tucson

The thrill of cup play, whether it’s the FA Cup or the lesser known and appreciated US Open Cup, is the potential for upset.  Lower division, and even amateur sides, can knock off top flight, top division squads if all the stars align.  The peril of cup play, is to be one of those higher tiered teams eliminated by rank amateurs.  Last year the upstart San Antonio Scorpions eliminated the mighty Houston Dynamo from the U.S. Open Cup.  Last night, on a muggy, overcast evening, the Scorpions tasted the sting, and were eliminated on penalties by amateur PDL squad FC Tucson.  Despite the threat of severe weather, the match was completed without even a sprinkle of rain.  That statement sums up the positives for the Scorpions.  After gaining their first league win (against two losses and two ties) last Saturday, the Scorpions fell flat in a lethargic and disorganized effort.  This was a costly loss, both in respect and in the pocketbook.  A win would have given the Scorpions the chance to host MLS power Houston Dynamo in their new stadium, assuring a full house and a cash infusion for the club.  Instead, their cup run ends before it really began, and the Scorpions return to the field to complete their spring season.  Given the level of play thus far, avoiding the cellar may be the loftiest goal this squad can realistically achieve.
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