Pateadores stormed back from a goal deficit to win 3-1 against Charlotte Soccer Academy at the Houston Amateur Sports Park in Group 1 play of the U-15/16 age group of the 2012 Development Academy Finals Week. Brian Pacheco was the star of the day for the California side, netting a hat trick to account for all three goals.
Pateadores drew level with the Chicago Fire on points (three) after the win. The two teams will face each other in the third group game with the hope of catching the New York Red Bulls on six points, who will face Charlotte in their conclusion to group play.
Charlotte struck first in the 33rd minute through Tomas Hilliard-Arce and looked to be taking the lead into halftime before Pacheco struck for his first to level the contest at 1-1 just before the whistle. The Pateadores striker grabbed his second just before the hour mark to give his side the lead, and would ice the game three minutes into injury time to complete the hat trick.
“We’re excited and happy for the guys and the club,” said Pateadores head coach Matt Tutton. “We’ve taken a step towards something that we’ve been looking to do, and that is put ourselves in a position to go on to the final.”
Fittingly, it was Pacheco who had the match’s first chance in the 4th minute when midfield engine John Baron set him up with a curling chip. Pacheco receive the ball in stride but struck over the goal from 20 yards. Charlotte was next to knock on the door when the active Hilliard-Arce was able to take advantage of a defensive giveaway. The Pateadores central defense was able to recover, a last ditch tackle poking the ball away before the Charlotte midfielder had a chance to pull the trigger.
It was Hans Honer, the big Charlotte forward and focal point of their attack, who created the breakthrough for his attacking partner Hilliard-Arce. An angled ball from the right flank found Honer in the center of the park. He deftly flicked on for Hilliard-Arce running through on the left channel. Hilliard-Arce rounded his defender and powered a shot in at the near post that Pateadores goalkeeper Brandon Gomez was able to get a hand to but not keep out of the net.
Charlotte would not be able to see out the first half in control as Pateadores drew level just before the break. A left side cross deflected and looped toward the back post where Charlotte goalkeeper James Pyle made a tough back-peddling grab. However, he was not able to hold onto the ball when he made contact with the ground and Pacheco was on hand to poke in the loose ball.
Neither side was able to put their stamp on the match after the restart as the midfield battle ground on until almost the 60th minute. A defensive miscue on the Charlotte right would prove costly as Pacheco picked possession on the flank and turned and dribbled across the top of the box from left to right. He found a yard of space and shot back across his body to beat the goalkeeper moving across the face of the goal.
Charlotte pushed for the equalizer and mustered a period of sustained pressure starting in the 65th minute. The North Carolina side was finding room to cross the ball into the area but could not find the target as Pateadores was able to beat back every ball into the box with Honer an ever present danger.
In the closing minutes, the game opened up with Charlotte pushing more men into the attack. Pateadores was increasingly free to counterattack, but one such occasion left themselves exposed after a turnover. Charlotte regained possession, pushing up with numbers in attack only to have the chance killed off due to a player in an offside position.
Any hopes a comeback were quashed entirely in the 83rd minute after substitute Kyle Pizano put Pachecho in on goal to hit his bending effort off the post and in.
-U.S. Soccer Development Academy Match Report-
Match: Pateadores vs. Charlotte Soccer Academy
Date: July 19, 2012
Competition: 2012 Development Academy Finals Week – U-15/16 Division
Venue: Houston Amateur Sports Park; Houston, Texas
Kickoff: 9 p.m. CT
Weather: 81 degrees, humid
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
PAT 1 2 3
CHA 1 0 1
CHA – Tomas Hilliard-Arce (Hans Honer) 33rd minute
PAT – Brian Pacheco 40
PAT – Brian Pacheco 58
PAT – Brian Pacheco (Kyle Pizano) 80+3
PAT: 60-Brandon Gomez; 30-Jose Castillo (41-Kyle Pizano, 57), 43-Alex Rosales, 46-Arturo Fragoso, 39-Corey Schramm (37-Colin McDermott, 74); 29-John Baron, 32-Arend Doppenberg, 34-Nahum Paz; 19-Brian Torres (28-Kevin De la Torre, 30), 36-Brian Pacheco, 33-Jaric Marton (40-Nick Stanley, 72)
Substitutions Not Used: 35-Nathan Miramontes, 61-Erick Gutierrez, 45-Christian Carrillo
Head coach: Matt Tutton
CHA: 1-James Pyle; 31-Klint Parker, 7-Jared Kent, 4-Remi Frost, 29-Corey Michocki (33-Jack Miller, 71); 22-Jared Odenbeck, 5-TK Abderahman, 25-Eddie Iturbide (36-Giovanni Castro, 67), 34-Tomas Hilliard-Arce, 35-JT Spath (3-Charlie Coulson, 45); 30-Hans Honer
Substitutions Not Used: 14-William Pyle, 41-Nick Gardner, 18-Jordi Poff, 37-Kipp Carriker
Head Coach: Kevin Langan
Stats Summary: PAT / CHA
Shots: 9 / 5
Shots on Goal: 5 / 3
Saves: 2 / 2
Corner Kicks: 2 / 2
Fouls: 6 / 14
Offside: 2 / 3
PAT – Jose Castillo (caution) 41st minute
CHA – Hans Honer (caution) 49
PAT – Brian Pacheco (caution) 54
CHA – Eddie Iturbide (caution) 56
CHA – Corey Michocki (caution) 63
CHA – Tomas Hilliard-Arce (caution) 70
Referee: Cedric Adams
Assistant Referee 1: Kip Jackson
Assistant Referee 2: Jason White
Fourth Official: Kyle Phillips
ussocer.com Man of the Match: Brian Pacheco