Another game later, North Texas SC still remains at the top of USL League One, and has another win. NTSC played Orlando City B for the second time this season. Although it took a late second half comeback, NTSC defeated Orlando 4-1.
FC Dallas saw a lineup consisting of five current Academy players, and three additional players that came from the Academy and are now signed by NTSC. We also got to see the Rodriguez brothers, Arturo and David, start and play together in the same match.
Ronaldo Damus subbed in for David Rodgriguez in the 58th minute, Bicou Bissainthe subbed in for Oscar Romero in the 83rd minute, and Cesar Murillo subbed in for Johan Gomez in the 90th minute.
North Texas SC looked from the beginning like they would control the game, but that did not happen again until late in the second half.
In the 11th minute, Johan Gomez found an opportunity to dribble at the last defender of Orlando. He had a 2 vs 1 with Arturo Rodriguez, and set Arturo up for a shot with just the keeper to beat, but Arturo’s low shot was saved.
Just a minute later, Arturo had a really good cross from the right side which floated in the air to Tanner Tessman in the box, who one-timed his shot wide.
Tessman again had an opportunity right after. David Rodriguez had good hold up play and set up a shot for Tessman, whose shot flew over the bar.
At the beginning of the second half, Kyle Zobeck had a good diving save to his left from a shot by an Orlando player from outside the box on the opposite side.
Orlando scored in the 48th minute. Rafael Santos of Orlando drove past NTSC center back Callum Montgomery inside the penalty area, and had a shot saved by Kyle Zobeck. The rebound eventually fell to William Bagrou, who tapped it in.
NTSC equalized in the 70th minute. Bryan Reynolds played a low cross into Oscar Romero, who set up Tanner Tessman for a volley which scored off the post.
Just two minutes later, NTSC nearly went ahead. Arturo Rodriguez won the ball, did a nice give-and-go, and got the ball to Damus, who scored, but was called offside.
Johan Gomez gave NTSC the lead in the 77th minute. Damus played a ball to Arturo, who played it to Gomez. Gomez scored a beautiful shot high to the near post.
In the 85th minute, Montgomery played a ball up to Tessman, who flicked it to Damus in the box. Damus was pushed from behind, and NTSC was awarded a penalty kick, which Arturo Rodriguez converted.
In the 88th minute, Arturo Rodriguez played a cross into Damus, who flicked the ball past the Orlando keeper to make the game 4-1.
- Ronaldo Damus is the man of the match for me. After entering the match in the 58th minute, he changed the game for NTSC, playing a big role in three of the team’s goals, while also scoring another that was called back.
- Tanner Tessman had an excellent match as well. He looked excellent on the ball. He scored his first professional goal, along with Johan Gomez, who scored his first professional goal as well. Tessman also helped in the lead up to penalty.
- Montgomery had an off-game. He had several noteworthy distribution mistakes, and he also got beaten too easily inside the box on Orlando’s goal. Montgomery’s leadership was on display, however. All the fans in the stadium could hear Montgomery communicating to his team throughout the match. He organized and rallied the team.
- Arturo Rodriguez had a big game as well. He played provider for most of the game, and managed to get two assists. He also put in the penalty kick that gave NTSC a cushion.
North Texas SC will have its second away match next. On May 18, NTSC will play at Lansing Ignite FC.