Academy Update: U-18s win fourth straight

Zach Dunbar tallies team-leading third goal of the year for the U-16s

Academy Update: 10/13

Photo Credit: 
Paul Bottoni

FRISCO, Texas – The FC Dallas U-18 and U-16 Academy teams came away from their weekend matchups against the Dallas Texans with opposite results, as the older team earned their fourth straight victory to open the season while the younger squad suffered their second consecutive loss at Pizza Hut Park on Saturday.

Read the last FC Dallas Academy Update here.

The U-18s won by a score of 1-0 for the second week in a row when they beat the Dallas Texans on Saturday afternoon. Midfielder Marco Ortiz tallied the game’s lone goal in the 65th minute off an assist from David Robledo. Home Grown goalkeeper Richard Sanchez played the full 90 for FC Dallas to earn his second shutout of the season.

The FC Dallas U-18 Academy team remains atop the Texas Division with a perfect record and 12 points through the season’s first four weeks. The U-18s will next face Solar Chelsea SC at Pizza Hut Park this Saturday, October 15. Solar sits tied for second place in the Texas Division with Texans SC Houston on 10 points.

Following the U-18 matchup, the U-16s fell for the second week in a row despite getting goals from Milton Rosales and Zach Dunbar. The Dallas Texans U-16s took the first lead of the match when Brandon Aubrey scored in the 29th minute. FC Dallas leveled the game in the 38th minute with a goal by Rosales to take the teams into the half tied at 1-1.

The visitors regained the lead in the 62nd minute thanks to Christian Soldat and doubled their advantage with a tally by Christian Ramirez in the 78th minute. Dunbar’s 80th minute strike cut the lead in half, but FCD were unable to find the equalizer before time ran out.

The U-16s sit in fifth place in the Texas Division with four points through their first four games as they prepare to take on Solar Chelsea SC this Saturday. Like their U-18 counterparts, Solar are tied for second in the division with Texans SC Houston on seven points.

All three Pre Academy games scheduled for last weekend were postponed due to rain and were rescheduled to be played on the night of Wednesday, Oct. 12, but were postponed once again due to poor field conditions resulting from more rainfall earlier that day. A second rescheduled date for those games has yet to be announced.

Scoring Summaries:

U-18 Academy:
Ortiz, Marco – 65’

U-16 Academy:
Rosales, Milton – 38’
Dunbar, Zach – 80’