North Texas SC Opens its 2021 Season with 4-2 Comeback Win over Fort Lauderdale CF

Forward Thibaut Jacquel scores two goals in his professional and club debut

  • Six players, Hope Avayevu, Matthew Corcoran, Thibaut Jacquel, Mikey Maldonado, Colin Shutler and Roman Torres, make their professional debuts
  • North Texas SC travels to face current USL League One title-holders Greenville Triumph SC on May 1 at Legacy Early College.

Arlington, TX (April 24, 2021) - North Texas SC scores three straight goals to complete its comeback win over Fort Lauderdale CF in the season opener at Globe Life Park Saturday night.

Game Summary

First Half:

  • 14’ – Noah Allen’s cross from the left side connected with Venton Evans in the area who headed it home to give Fort Lauderdale CF a 1-0 lead.
  • 28’ – Hope Avayevu chipped the ball into the box and Thibaut Jacquel hammered it into the back of the Fort Lauderdale net to tie the match 1-1. 
  • 45’ – Nicky Hernandez’s left-footed from inside the box ended up in the hands of Luis Zamudio.

Second Half:

  • 57’ – Christian Young's cross connected with Shaan Hundal in the box who slotted it into the net to give Fort Lauderdale a 2-1 lead.
  • 70’ – Jacquel scored his second goal of the night from a free kick that landed into the far corner to tie the game 2-2.
  • 72’ – Gibran Rayo managed to create space in the box and curled a right-footed shot into the right corner of Zamudio’s goal and gave North Texas its first lead of the night.
  • 79’ – Bernard Kamungo gave North Texas a 4-2 lead after running down the wing and placing the ball into the far top corner for his first professional goal on his debut. 


North Texas SC — Colin Shutler; Derek Waldeck, Alisson, Mikey Maldonado, Collin Smith (Matthew Corcoran – 59’), Imanol Almaguer, Nicky Hernandez, Alex Bruce (Kazu – 71’), Gibran Rayo (Ale Santana – 89’), Hope Avayevu (Bernard Kamungo – 71’), Thibaut Jacquel (Roman Torres – 89’).

Substitutes not used — Richard Sanchez, Juan Parra.

Fort Lauderdale CF — Luis Zamudio; Modesto Mendez, Ethan Hardin, Christian Young, Noah Allen, Roberto Poplawski, George Acosta, Joshua Saavedra (Braxton Taghvai-Najib – 76’), Abel Caputo (Brian Rosales – 77’), Venton Evans (Dairon Reyes – 85’), Shaan Hundal.

Substitutes not used — Francisco Raggio, Andre Zuluaga-Silva, Jason Bucknor, Cesar Cuellar.

Scoring Summary:
FTL: Venton Evans (Noah Allen) — 14’  
NTX: Thibaut Jacquel (Hope Avayevu) — 28’ 
FTL: Shaan Hundal (Christian Young) — 55’
NTX: Thibaut Jacquel — 70’ 
NTX: Gibran Rayo — 72’ 
NTX: Bernard Kamungo (Derek Waldeck) — 79’ 

Misconduct Summary:
Imanol Almaguer (Caution) — 76’
FTL: Roberto Poplawski (Caution) — 86’

Weather: Sunny, 70℉

Attendance: 912

Referee: Elton Garcia
Assistant Referees: Jennifer Garner, Seth Barton
4th Official: Lorenzo Hernandez