Outlaws Score Early and Often in Pre-Season Finale at TCG Arena
NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, TX (1 November 2009) - Derek Knutson and Keegan Hudson scored three goals each, as the Texas Outlaws steamrolled Tyler Threat FC, 12-3 in their final pre-season match on Sunday evening. Adi Puscas added two goals and several others contributed scores to the 9-goal margin. Tyler managed to keep it close through the first quarter, but the Outlaws broke the game open with 5 goals in the second period, part of a streak of 8 straight for the home team. The double-digit total was the most goals scored by Texas in the preseason, and was a welcome result heading into their season opener in two weeks.
Puscas gave the Outlaws an early lead, scoring twice in the first five minutes. Tyler kept pace, however, scoring between his two leaving the score at 2-1. Several minutes passed before Knutson scored his first to open up a two-goal lead. But Tyler struck back just after that to go into the first break behind only 3-2. Hudson added his first, the eventual game-winning goal, just a minute into the 2nd quarter, but Tyler closed the gap again to 4-3 a few minutes later. It would be the last goal for the Threat, as the Outlaws scored 8 consecutive goals, putting the game out of reach by the midpoint of the 3rd period.
The scoring barrage started when Knutson netted his second with 8 minutes remaining in the first half. Soon after, Texas let loose with a flurry of three goals in a span of 75 seconds - captain John Andrews started the outburst, then Hudson got his second, followed by Knutson completing his hat trick. Thus, the Outlaws cruised into the half-time break with an 8-3 lead over the deflated visitors. Texas did not let up in the second half, scoring 3 more in the third quarter. Less than a minute into the period, Jon Waters scored on the power play awarded to the Outlaws when Tyler committed their 6th team foul just before half time. Hudson capitalized on a defensive error to finish his hat trick, and Efren Castillo upped the score to 11-3 just before the end of the period. John Martinez closed out the scoring, tallying the only goal of the final frame, deftly redirecting a free kick from Hudson past the helpless Tyler goalkeeper. When the buzzer sounded, the home side had secured a lopsided 12-3 victory.
"We were pretty happy with the goal scoring tonight and the defense in the second half," said Outlaws' head coach Kevin Leonard. "But we have to clean up some of our sloppy play. All 3 of their goals resulted from defensive lapses, turnovers and errant passes - that can't go on." Indeed, the box score showed that each of Tyler's goals was scored unassisted. The Outlaws now have two weeks remaining to work out those kinks and fill in the final spots on their roster before their season-opener against the San Diego Sockers.
General Manager Marco Juarez said that the preseason was invaluable in assessing the last few roster spots. With only 12 players signed, 8 roster spots remain. Through the preseason, veterans Shaun David, Renato, Jose Castro, Chuck Salas, Anthony Jama, and last season's scoring leader Kellan Zindel did not see any action. The whole organization is looking forward to welcoming the San Diego Sockers to TCG Arena on November 15th. Tickets to the game and full-season packages are available at www.txoutlaws.com or by calling (817) 846-8843.
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