By Kim DeRaedt
Roy Hernandez’s four goals were only the beginning as Galveston Pirate SC rolled past Houston Heat 11-1 on Sunday in front of fans gathered at League City Sports Complex.
Six different Pirate players would go on to score in a milestone match for the new franchise. Sunday’s game marked Pirate SC’s fifth-consecutive victory, which further extends its longest winning streak that had previously stood at three games. Galveston’s winning ways have been no accident either. The team has overwhelmed its opponents by boasting a 25-2 advantage in goal differential.
Twenty-five goals sure is a lot, but twenty-six is more. Twenty-six goals represents Hernandez’s ever-mounting tally in Pirate SC’s infancy. Hernandez has lifted Galveston to a 14-4-2 record in its first 20 games since mid-June. The captain’s impact simply cannot be overstated. Pirate SC coach Brendan Keyes is both thankful for and continually awed by his phenomenal forward.
“I think Roy’s goal-scoring total speaks for itself,” Keyes said. “It’s an amazing feat at any level. He is an invaluable asset. No one in the Houston area can touch his level of success and caliber of play.”
The superstar striker seems destined for greatness, but his Pirate teammates are by no means passive passengers along for the cruise.
“Everyone chips in,” Keyes said. “We’ve had new players step in and old players step up. Jachin Whittington, a defender, scored his first goal off a header on Sunday. We have a strong core.”
Keyes’s words were echoed as six Pirate players inked their names on the scorers’ sheet against Houston Heat. Mitchell Alcantar and Felipe Escobedo notched two goals apiece. Jachin Whittington, Carlos Menjivar and Uriel del Valle each chipped in a goal as well.
Houston Heat may not have provided the stiffest competition; nevertheless, Keyes likes the product his team put out on the field.
“We just keep on winning,” Keyes said. “We’ve upped the total to five straight wins now. I just want to take it one game at a time, but I must admit that our chemistry is looking very impressive.”
Granted, there’s never a wrong time for marked improvement, but Galveston gelling so early in the season definitely has its added perks. Pirate SC already sits tied atop the Southern Premier Soccer League (SPSL) standings with Regals FC, both of whom carry a spotless 2-0 record, and the coastal city is only growing stronger. This is good news for Keyes as his team approaches a double-header challenge commencing on Nov. 13 when Galveston travels to take on Club America Academy. The crew then returns for its home opener on Nov. 14 when Corpus Christi Fuel is welcomed to town.
“I’m looking forward to two big wins,” Keyes said. “Club America will be a tough team full of surprises, and we’d love to show well at home against the Fuel. We’ll add another training session in preparation; otherwise, I think we’re ready. We’ll have experience as our advantage.”
Not only is Pirate SC experienced, but the team has now made success a habit. There’s no telling what heights Galveston will reach in SPSL action and beyond. The team encourages supporters to flood into Courville Stadium for a 3 p.m. kick-off on Nov. 14 to witness history in the making. Tickets are $10.