Playoffs Day Three
Paul Bottoni

Recap: FCD U-16s 2, St. Louis 3

FRISCO, Texas - The FC Dallas U-16s fell to top-group seed St. Louis Scott Gallagher of Missouri 3-2 off a stoppage time goal Sunday night at Pizza Hut Park. With the second loss in as many games, the Dallas side is effectively eliminated from the Playoffs after St. Louis and previous opponent CASL Chelsea FC have each won both of their group play matches. St. Louis and Chelsea will play Tuesday morning to determine the group-winner.

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The match was a game of possession early on. Dallas started in a 4-4-2 scheme in order to offset the St. Louis attack. With the wind at their backs, the FCD U-16s were able to shut out St. Louis in the first half.

Dallas scored the lone goal of the first half off a free kick by defender Mark Ashby from about five yards behind midfield. Ashby sailed the ball toward the St. Louis goalkeeper who jumped to make the save, only to have the ball bounce off his hands and into the net.

St. Louis answered in the 41st minute off a throw-in. The referees said the ball was deflected into the FCD net, although Dallas protested. FC Dallas claimed the ball was not touched after being thrown in, which would have nullified the goal. The goal stood and the score was knotted 1-1.

St. Louis scored the go-ahead goal in the 54th minute when midfielder Jason Hackett got past the Dallas defense and sent the ball past FCD goalkeeper Caleb Underwood to the near post.

Dallas answered eight minutes later after being awarded a penalty kick following a takedown of midfielder Victor Portillo. Fernando Laverde scored the game-tying PK after freezing the goalkeeper with a stutter step and then sending the ball low to the near post.

The match went deep into stoppage time tied 2-2 before St. Louis midfielder Louis Berra scored the game-winning goal off a rebound.

The FC Dallas U-16s will finish their group-round schedule against Sockers FC on Tuesday at 11 a.m. on Field 13.

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Scoring Summary:

FCD - Ashby 23'
STL - 41'
STL - Hackett 54'
FCD - Laverde 62'
STL - Berra 80+'

Misconduct Summary:

STL - Klipsch (Caution 22')
FCD - Villalta (Caution 40')
STL - Hollstrom (Caution 61')
FCD - Mejia (Caution 69')
STL - Merrifeld (Caution 71')

FC Dallas U-16 Starting Lineup: Herrera (Coleman 75'), Ashby, Toledo, Frankenfeld, Carrizales (Laverde 41'), Mejia, Ortiz (Cano 64'), Villalta, Edet, Portillo