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Sidekicks Overcome Four-Goal Deficit, Still Fall to Rio Grande Valley to End Playoff Run

February 28, 2013 - Professional Arena Soccer League (PASL) - Dallas Sidekicks News Release

ALLEN, Texas (Feb. 28, 2013) - The Dallas Sidekicks' comeback season came to an end Thursday night with an 8-5 loss to the Rio Grande Valley Flash. Despite rallying in the third quarter to tie the match 4-4, the Sidekicks playoff run came to an end in front of 3,274 fans at the Allen Event Center.

Rio Grande Valley was the only team to score in the first half, starting with Edgar Flores receiving a pass across the arc and beating Sidekicks goaltender Sagu on the ground at 4:10. Next to strike was Alejandro Morales, shooting from a distance and scoring at 6:07. Flores scored his second of the night at 9:07 in the second period, a shorthanded goal that was followed a few minutes later with a goal from Erick Flores at 12:16 to put Rio Grande Valley up 4-1 going into halftime.

The Sidekicks came out strong in the third quarter, Paulo da Silva putting the team on the board at 2:12, shooting from a distance and past an outstretched Juan Gamboa. A powerplay opportunity resulted in the next Sidekicks goal, Chad Deering passing across the arc to Franck Mbemba, who tipped it in 5:31. Cody Ellis cut Rio Grande Valley's lead to one at 9:38, capitalizing on a Mbemba rebound. The the Allen Event Center went crazy just a few minutes later at 11:42 when Mbemba scored his second of the night to tie the game 4-4. Rio Grande Valley followed the Sidekicks onslaught with a surge of their own, scoring three goals in under three minutes to take back the lead, the score 7-4 going into the final 15 minutes of the game. Near the end of fourth quarter the Sidekicks found success when putting in an extra attacker, Jamie Lovegrove scoring with an assist from Nick Stavrou at 12:55. Rio Grande Valley's Edgar Flores got the final goal of the night at 14:09, putting his team up 8-5 and insuring that his team would be the one to move on to the Ron Newman Cup semi-finals in San Diego.

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