Dallas Sidekicks Freddy Moojen Scores Again While Megson and Molano Make Debuts in Win Over Oxford City
The Dallas Sidekicks snapped their four game losing skid in a gutsy 5-4 victory over Oxford City FC of Texas on Sunday afternoon at the Allen Event Center. The Sidekicks entered the game against their Southern Division rivals without their top scorer from 2013 forward Nestor Hernandez who is still hobbled by a deep bone bruise suffered in late December, and their top assist man midfielder Shaun David who has missed three games with Plantar Fasciitis. Additionally, forward Jamie Lovegrove remains in England where he is working on a visa to return to the United States.
While missing so much scoring punch, the Kicks needed others to step up in order to pull out the win, and defenseman Kiley Couch answered the call in the first quarter accepting a pass from midfielder Angel Rivillo during a power play and shooting it past Texas goalkeeper Juan Gamboa. Tied 1-1 at 8:36 in the second quarter, Couch again came up big blocking a hard shot from Oxford FC which would have been a sure goal if the veteran defender hadn’t stepped in.
The Sidekicks franchise reached into their great history to sign former forward Willie Molano’s son, midfielder Alex Molano. The move paid immediate dividends as the 22-year-old Molano capitalized on an Texas defensive mistake and netted his first professional indoor goal tying the game at two-a-side to end the first half.
Molano has played all of his professional soccer games outdoors, and he said of his first indoor experience, “I’m used to the outdoor game, so I’ve just got to get used to indoor, but I’ll get it.” When asked to describe his second quarter goal, Alex laughed saying, “I was a little lucky. I was pressing the guy and he made a mistake, I got the ball, looked up, and there was no goalie, so I put it in. It felt good to score, though.” Molano finished saying, “It is an honor to play for a coach like Tatu who my Dad played with.”
Another new face debuting Sunday with legacy Sidekicks ties is 28-year-old Alex Megson whom Dallas acquired on Friday from the Rochester Lancers. Megson’s father, midfielder Neil Megson played eight seasons for the former Major Indoor Soccer League’s Tacoma Stars and according to Alex his father had some, “epic battles” with then Sidekicks top player Tatu.
Alex played all of 2013 with the champion Missouri Comets notching 17 points, and his heavy right foot was on full display with his game-tying 3 shots on goal for the Sidekicks. After the game Megson said of his debut, “I feel like I’m coming into a great club, and a great organization. Everyone has been really nice, so the transition has been no problem at all. It was fun playing today and the energy from the crowd was fantastic. I just wanted to win and do well for everyone.”
Megson is well aware of the Sidekicks history, and he credited Tatu with his desire to play in Dallas saying, “Tatu is more than half of the reason I’m glad to come here. I’ve always looked up to him as an indoor player, and he’s one of the best to ever play. One of the first people I spoke to was Freddy Moojen and he said it was great playing for Tatu.” When asked about what he wants to accomplish in Dallas, Alex was quick to the point stating,
“I want to see another championship banner being hung up.”
Oxford City’s defenseman Cesar Cerda scored the lone goal in the third quarter putting them up 3-2, but the Sidekicks came roaring back in the fourth with a goal and an assist from their Major Arena Soccer League’s eleventh leading point man, Freddy Moojen. Freddy’s power play goal was the team’s 13th as the Kicks boast a 48% extra-man conversion rate which is seventh highest in the MASL.
Sidekicks goalkeeper Sagu came up with a huge one on one save at 10:28 in the fourth, but Oxford City went back in front moments later when defenseman Damian Garcia scored his second goal. However, Freddy Moojen seems to play with ice in his veins as defender Cody Ellis benefited from a great pass by Moojen that the big defender rocketed past Oxford City FC’s goaltender. Ellis was again a physical force in back and helped hold Texas to just 19 shots on goal.
The Sidekick’s game winning goal came with just four minutes remaining when forward Cameron Brown stole the ball and made a great run down the middle of the field drawing the defender to him which left forward Carlos Videla, who made a beautiful run down the left side, wide open. Brown hit Videla in stride as the crafty forward made a nice move kicking the ball over the top of the outstretched arms of Texas keeper Gamboa. The play was a perfect example of the kind of team effort it took for the Sidekicks to beat Oxford City FC of Texas.
Next weekend the Sidekicks travel to Brownsville for a back-to-back against the Barracudas (2-11), who currently sit last in the Southern Division. Saturday’s match on the 24th will kick off at 7 p.m. and Sunday’s at 3 p.m. Both matches will be available to stream for free at www.golivesportscast.com.
The Sidekicks return to the Allen Event Center to host Saltillo Rancho Seco (1-9) on Jan. 31 at 7:00 p.m. for Faith & Family Night presented by East Texas Baptist University.
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