0-0 tie evokes different emotions
CARROLLTON, Texas -- Keepers Luis Mulgado of Barcelona SC '99 and Harper Roland of FC Dallas Youth '00 East came off Field B of the McInnish Soccer Complex with contrasting dispositions following a 0-0 draw in an U14 boys pool match on Day 2 of the Copa ESPN youth soccer tournament Saturday.
Downcast on one side, upbeat on the other, even though it would have been impossible to statistically improve on the effort of either.
"I'm disappointed," Mulgado said. "I didn't get scored on and I kept a clean sheet, but we didn't win."
Roland, on the other hand, was wearing a smile.
"I'm happy with a tie because Barcelona's players are older than us," said Roland, who lives in Rockwall. "Coming into this match, I knew I had to be ready because they were going to be faster and quicker. They are more aggressive, so I had to get rid of the ball faster."
Both keepers are veterans. Mulgado has seven seasons under his belt; Roland five. The toughest play for a keeper?
"The bouncing ball at the top of the box," Roland said. "You have to decide if you are going to go for the ball or stay. You've got about two seconds to decide. If the ball doesn't go in, then you made the right decision."
Barcelona and FC Dallas came out of the match with four points in Bracket D, but Barcelona has a pool match remaining. FC Dallas has played all three.
No time to waste: The celebration was held to a minimum for Irving United '98 following its 2-1 victory over Kicks '98 in a U16 boys pool match.
When the final whistle sounded, United had only 50 minutes to hustle to Arlington for its third game of the day. So it was a quick handshake, grab the bags and scramble to the parking lot.
Like a few teams in Copa ESPN, United is fitting its schedule around regular weekend league matches.
Jordan Estrada provided the winning goal for United in the second half, snapping a 1-1 tie. Enrique Aguilar accounted for United's opening goal before Kicks pulled even.
United and NSYSA Toros '98 played to a 1-1 draw in its earlier Bracket A match Saturday.
Little guys draw big crowds: The U8 division seems to draw the tournament's largest crowd. Spectators were lined around the field for 2-0 victory by Fort Worth FC United '05 over FC Warryors Lil' Warryors.
The skill involved in the 35-yard goal by United's Ricardo Gonzalez on a free kick in the second half would have excited a player twice his age. Danny Munoz scored the goal that gave United a 1-0 halftime lead.
Both teams got contributions from the lone girl on their respective squads -- Lisa Ballesa for United and Cassandra Munoz for Warryors.
United dropped its first match, and Warryors drew their first.
FC Dallas salvages draw with late goal: The healthy rivalry between two of Dallas' most successful youth programs -- Dallas Texans and FC Dallas -- added yet another installment during Saturday's U12 boys Bracket D match.
By virtue of a goal by Arthur Ramirez, the Dallas Texans '01 South grabbed a second-half lead that stood until the final two minutes.
Erik Romero of FC Dallas '02 Central Premier tied it when, from close range, he punched in a free kick. The rivals walked off with a 1-1 draw.
Notes: The final round of bracket play begins at 9 a.m. Sunday. Semifinal matches for bracket qualifiers are scheduled for 2 and 3:30 p.m. Championship matches in all divisions kick off at 6:30 p.m. There will be a trophy presentation following the conclusion of the championship games at 8 p.m. Admission is free. ... One of the surprise results on the second tournament day was recorded by Texans FW 01, a 5-2 winner over Dallas Texans 01 South in a morning match.