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The Sam Houston Bearkats were overcome by Regals FC after surrendering three second half goals

By Kim DeRaedt

A slow start gave way to a worthwhile finish for a Regals FC side looking to rebound from a forgettable performance against Houston Dynamo Academy last weekend. The Woodlands boys pounced on three second half opportunities to pull away from the Sam Houston Bearkats 4-0 in Huntsville last night.

The victory was a welcomed relief and a sign of reassurance that Regals FC has not lost its stride. The team sailed through its first two Southern Premier Soccer League (SPSL) matches and seemed to have capped off October with a River Park Sunday League title to stuff in its back pocket. However, such success breeds confidence, and it took a Halloween humbling for Regals FC to rediscover its hunger. Erick Cruz scored in the final minute to salvage a 2-2 draw with Houston Dynamo Academy in a game that lacked the passion and finesse so typical of the SPSL powerhouse.

Dynamo Academy lured Regals FC into a long ball, kick-and-chase game of soccer, and the outcome was less than stellar. The solution: resume the style of play that has carried the team to an 18-1 goal differential, virtually unscathed, through SPSL action.

Gustavo Rivera capitalized off of just that at Pritchett Field last night when he opened the scoring in the game’s 25th minute. Regals FC pressured the Bearkat defense into surrendering a corner kick, and Rivera outmuscled a crowded box to deliver a well-struck volley past the cemented goalkeeper. Find out more!

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Houston Heat was hardly a challenge for Galveston Pirate SC as the team coasted to an 11-1 victory.

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.” Find out more!

Houston Dynamo Academy and Regals FC have established a bitter rivalry. Regals FC has taken two of three games, although each has been decided by one goal.

By Kim DeRaedt

Winning isn’t the only thing in sports. When a club has such a rich tradition as Regals FC, it’s not a matter of “if” the team wins but rather “how much” the team wins by. Regals FC will take the field against Houston Dynamo Academy at 2:15 p.m. today at La Escondida Park in Houston with the hope of making a statement it has been unable to establish in the clubs’ previous three meetings.

With all due respect, Houston Dynamo Academy, a feeder program for the MLS squad, is a talented group of young prospects. However, Regals FC coach Miguel Landaverde leads a team that currently sits atop the Southern Premier Soccer League (SPSL). Following two dominating league performances, Landaverde looks to use today’s match to make a name for his team and the league in the greater Houston area and beyond.

If Regals FC’s offense continues at its current pace, Landaverde should have no problem overcoming a formidable Dynamo group. Regals FC exploded for five first-half goals in a 7-0 road victory against Texas Lonestrikers in its season opener before hitting double digits in an 11-1 home victory against Corpus Christi Fuel last weekend.

Yet there is something about Dynamo Academy that presents Regals FC with an extra challenge. In the clubs’ three prior matchups, Regals FC has found itself knotted in a tight battle. Dynamo Academy clinched the inaugural meeting in March with a 1-0 victory. Regals FC has had to come from behind to eke out narrow one-goal victories since then. The first was a 2-1 triumph in June; the latter a scrappy 6-5 victory in late August. Find out more!

Fusion SC stood toe-to-toe with Galveston Pirate SC until Hernandez tallied twice in his 10 minutes of play.

By Kim DeRaedt

Galveston Pirate SC began the 2010 Southern Premier Soccer League (SPSL) winter season with a bang, and General Manager Brendan Keyes isn’t about to let his team lose its momentum. 

That means keeping busy!

With nearly a month between its second and third SPSL matches, Keyes scheduled plenty of friendly games to ensure that his team maintained its top form.  So far, so good.  After knocking off Corpus Christi Fuel 2-1 and shutting out the Texas Lonestrikers 3-0 in its opening performances, Galveston was back to its winning ways on Tuesday when the team registered another shutout in 2-0 victory over Fusion SC in Alvin. 

As much as the friendly was about keeping the team active, Keyes used this competition to give his reserves and new players a chance to gain game experience and show their skill.  Keyes proved that the talented Pirate side can do just that and still win; however, the team would have to call upon captain Roy Hernandez for late-game heroics.  Find out more!