Academy Update: 12/29
Scott Brown

Academy Update: Teams win four of four to kick off 2013

FRISCO – It's been over a month since the FC Dallas Academy teams have played a match, but that didn't stop the squads from picking up valuable divisional wins over Lonestar SC in their first matches of 2013 last weekend. On the Pre Academy side, the U-14s and U-13s returned to action two weekends ago, but the U-15s' first match of the year was cancelled.

FC Dallas U-18s: 2
Lonestar SC: 1

The U-18s' goals against Lonestar came in dramatic fashion as forward Victor Portillo gave FC Dallas the lead in the 45th minute, just before halftime. In the second half, Lonestar battled back as midfielder Alexis Martinez scored on a direct free kick in the 83rd minute to tie the match late. FC Dallas refused to settle for a draw though, as the team turned up the pressure in the final five minutes and Portillo scored his second goal of the game off a cross from Fernando Laverde in the 90th minute to secure the 2-1 win.

FC Dallas is now in third place in the Frontier Division, with games in-hand over the first-place Dallas Texans and second-place Houston Dynamo.

FC Dallas U-16s: 3
Lonestar SC: 0

The U-16s posted their fifth shutout of the season, topping Lonestar 3-0. Big forward Santiago Agudelo started the scoring early with a goal in the 10th minute, and bagged a brace with his second goal in the 40th minute. Midfielder Coy Craft put the game away early in the second half with a tally in the 46th minute.

Despite the win, the U-16s slid to third place in the Frontier Division behind Solar Chelsea SC and the Houston Dynamo, with games in-hand over each.

FC Dallas U-14s: 2
Lonestar SC: 1

The U-14s returned to action with a 2-1 win over Lonestar SC two weekends ago thanks to goals from Duncan James and Christian Nunez. The win puts the U-14s in second place in the Texas Pre Academy with a record of 6-1-2 behind the 10-2-0 Texas Rush.

FC Dallas U-13s: 3
Lonestar SC: 2

The U-13s stretched their unbeaten streak into the new year with a 3-2 win over Lonestar SC. Carlitos Garcia, Bailey Craft and Andy Contreras each scored in the victory. The FC Dallas U-13s remain atop the Texas Pre Academy with a record of 8-0-1.

Up Next: at Texas Rush

All five teams will be back on the pitch this weekend when they face the Texas Rush in Houston. The Academy teams are scheduled to play their matches on Saturday, Feb. 2, while the Pre Academy teams will face off on Sunday, Feb. 3.

Scoring Summaries:

U-18 Academy:
Portillo, Victor (2) -- 45', 90'

U-16 Academy:
Agudelo, Santiago (2) -- 10', 40'
Craft, Coy -- 46'

U-14 Pre Academy:
James, Duncan
Nunez, Christian

U-13 Pre Academy:
Garcia, Carlitos
Craft, Bailey
Contreras, Andy