North Texas Soccer Club faced South Georgia Tormenta FC for the second time in league play out of the three scheduled meetings. Second place North Texas SC and third place Tormenta FC both hoped to come away with points that could see NTSC regain first place in USL League One. North Texas SC came out with conviction to win the match with 5 goals being scored for the home-side.

The Game

North Texas SC came into this game with having 2 wins, 1 draw, and 2 losses. Looking to return to their consistent winning ways, this match featured many young FC Dallas players as they looked to earn some game time and help the young North Texas team. The scoring was opened thanks to Bryan Reynolds who received a wonderful pass from Arturo Rodriguez.

Richard Danso scored his first goal for North Texas SC, after the ball came off the crossbar, to double the home-side’s lead.

Ricardo Pepi found the score sheet for his eighth goal in League One after scoring his penalty.

Gibran Rayo scored his first goal for North Texas SC as he shot near-post on the keeper to further increase North Texas’ lead.

North Texas SC earned yet another penalty as Pepi scored his second goal of the evening to end the game 5-0.

Thoughts & Takeaways

Impact of First Team

North Texas had 8 FC Dallas players in their starting lineup. The talent that these players offered to North Texas was invaluable and it was extremely evident in the speed of play and the confidence that the team was playing with.

“Having guys that need minutes to play on Saturday and with us playing on Tuesday, the cycle of the week worked out perfectly,” Head Coach Eric Quill stated. “You never know how they are going to see it as a challenge with us if they are going to look at it as an obligation or opportunity. If you look at it as an obligation you aren’t going to play that well. If you look at it as an opportunity, you can play well. They were great, all of them.”

The build-up play from the down the flanks and through the middle was natural and did not seem forced. Both Bryan Reynolds and John Nelson made an impact in helping move the ball up the field along with contributing to the attack. Reynolds had himself a great game as not only did he score but he also played with confidence and was taking on players.

Thomas Roberts has had an excellent season so far while playing for North Texas SC as he, along with Arturo Rodriguez, has frightened opponents with his ball skills and ability to create. Edwin Cerrillo and Jacori Hayes helped keep the midfield fluid provided a natural connection between the defense and offense. Ricardo Pepi is finding his rhythm again playing League One. While Pepi’s goals were off penalties, goals are what fuel and build the momentum for strikers.

Finding the Groove

What was different this time around for North Texas SC was the confidence that they played with. This confidence was evident from kick-off with the speed at which they played. North Texas also had more spacing than in previous games and moved together as a unit rather than individual pieces.

Eric Quill felt that his team played better and highlighted some aspects of the game saying, “That first run Bryan made was great, and the timing of the ball by Arturo, the weight of it and the height of it? That’s a high-level ball. Thomas running out of the midfield was great tonight like he has been in the past and it helped us. Thomas moved the ball fast, and I mean these guys can really move it, they move the ball quickly.”

North Texas SC has also faced opposition that plays in a low-block and that was the case for Tormenta FC. North Texas has struggled a bit with breaking low blocks but the combination of quick passing and taking enough touches on the ball led to their success and scoring five goals.

While North Texas SC had help from FC Dallas players, the momentum built, and the significance of the result is only helpful for those FC Dallas players as well as the North Texas SC and Academy players. As North Texas SC continues is playoff pursuit, one can hope that they continue to build off this momentum in their last six games of the season. The aid of FC Dallas players isn’t a guaranteed one so the quality may not be the exact same. Regardless, the North Texas SC players and club have the capabilities to win matches and in a convincing fashion.

North Texas returns to play on Sunday, September 1 at 6:00 PM against Toronto FC II at Toyota Stadium. North Texas SC currently sits in 1st place (at time of publication) with 41 points after 22 games and have a 2-point lead over Lansing Ignite FC (24 games).
North Texas SC has 6 games left in the season and 2 more home games.

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