Dallas Sidekicks Top Hidalgo La Fiera 7-3 for Fifth Straight Win
The Dallas Sidekicks (5-1) notched their fifth consecutive win Saturday night, besting the Hidalgo La Fiera 7-3 at Allen Event Center. Fabinho and Jamie Lovegrove each netted two goals, Lovegrove extending his point streak to 22 regular season games. Lovegrove deflected praise on his points streak to his teammates saying, “First of all I have to thank my teammates. They find me and they get me the ball. This is a team game, and when we work as a team there’s a lot of stuff that can be glorified through that.”
Despite a combined 19 shots on goal, the first half produced just two goals. Dallas’ defense found themselves caught on a 2-on-1 and Irving Tovar capitalized at 8:15. Fabinho’s first of the night came with five seconds to go in the half, shooting through a crowd to tie the game at one-a-side going into halftime. Fabinho led all defensive players notching another goal later in the game. When asked if he was going to press head coach Tatu to play forward more often Fabinho laughed saying,
“No, I’m a defender. But, in practice when I pass the ball forward, I always go up to support the guys, so sometimes I get rewarded.” He described the team’s defensive strategy saying, “Hidalgo is a very fast paced team, so we wanted to possess the ball as much as we could. Tatu said this was our strategy going into the game and I think we did a good job.”
The second half treated fans to eight goals, Freddy Moojen’s coming first, the forward fighting off a defender, turning and firing in a shot from the top of the arc. Next it was the La Fiera’s turn to tie it up, Alejandro Morales putting in a rebound. A few minutes later Lovegrove put the Sidekicks back up, settling a pass from Carlos Videla where he executed his signature post-up move in front of the goal allowing Lovegrove to beat Hidalgo goalkeeper Juan Gamboa up high. The Crawley, England native scored a short-handed goal and he mentioned how sweet those are saying, “Me and Shaun David talk about that all the time, and those are the best goals. Cameron Brown made a great run and the keeper guessed that I was going to give it to him but I was able to tap it in. It’s a special goal for me, but it’s a defensive power play goal.”
The Sidekicks turned up the intensity in the fourth quarter, spending a lot of time in Hidalgo’s end and scoring three consecutive goals from Fabinho, Lovegrove and Arthur Ivo. Hidalgo’s Morales put up his second of the match at 12:46, and Sidekicks defender Mike Jones sealed the 7-3 Dallas win about a minute later with his first goal of the season and executing an awesome backflip celebration after the goal.
As the holiday season and a new year approaches, so does a crucial stretch of Dallas’ schedule. The team will play six games during the holidays, including four more in December and one on Jan. 3. By the time 2015 rolls around, the Sidekicks’ 2014-15 season will be more half-finished and the team will be looking to make a strong push for key playoff positioning as they seek a fifth indoor soccer championship. Three of the six holiday games will be played at home. Sunday the Sidekicks will host the Tulsa Revolution on Dec. 14.
This match doubles as the team’s holiday celebration with fans, who will have the opportunity to take free pictures with Santa. After consecutive weekends with games on the road, the Sidekicks return to Allen Event Center on Saturday, Jan. 3 to once again host Hidalgo. The January 3rd match will be a special one for the Sidekicks as the organization will hold its second-annual Dallas Sidekicks Alumni Game at halftime, where former stars, including Head Coach Tatu, will face off in a scrimmage.
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