Sidekicks Open Season With Big Win, Return Home November 16 and 17
The Sidekicks began their 2013-14 season with a big win, defeating their Central Division rival Wichita B-52s, 15-3, in front of a crowd of 4,514 at the Allen Event Center. Newcomer Nestor Hernandez impressed during his first game as a Sidekick, scoring four goals and one assist from his midfield position. Franck Mbemba was also a standout with four goals of his own.
The win gave the Sidekicks franchise a 10-2 overall record when opening the season at home. The team’s 15 goals were the most the club has ever scored in a home opener, and the Sidekicks continued their nine-game regular season home winning streak, carried over from last season.
Action remained almost solely in Wichita territory for the first quarter. Mbemba started things off at 5:39, scoring on a pass from Shaun David, who wrestled the ball through a cluster of B-52 defenders. Next came Hernandez, who scored his first for the franchise at 6:18. Sagu earned the assist, Hernandez scoring after controlling a throw-in from the veteran goaltender. David scored a goal of his own at 7:38 — the third Sidekicks goal in a four-minute increment. A foul caused a goal from Sidekicks forward Carlos Videla to be waved off, but Ricardinho capitalized on the ensuing penalty kick at 12:31. The Sidekicks ended the first quarter up 5-0 with a final goal from Hernandez, his second of the night, scored from inside the penalty area at 13:00.
Wichita’s Matt Clare put the B-52s on the board early in the second quarter, beating Sagu at close range on a pass from Colin Lawte at 1:48. Sidekicks midfielder Patrick Shamu struck back a few minutes later, stealing the ball near midfield and weaving through the B-52s defense, scoring between goalkeeper Nick Martinez’s legs at 3:17. A succession of power-play goals put the Sidekicks up 8-1, Mbemba getting his second of the night at 4:55 and Bruno Guarda scoring his first of the season at 7:44. After a showcase of some great saves from Martinez, Alex Moseley shifted the score to 8-2 at 14:05 to close out the half.
Jamie Lovegrove started off the third period with a pair of goals, the first on an inside pass from defenseman Sean Bellomy just 47 seconds in, and the second at 4:28 on a give-and-go with Carlos Videla. At 7:37, Travis Pittman scored Wichita’s third goal of the night, bringing the score to 10-3. A Sidekicks shorthanded goal followed, Hernandez using the boards to his advantage and cementing his first hat trick as a Sidekick at 11:24. Some impressive passing from Mbemba and Lovegrove resulted in Mbemba completing his hat trick as well, scoring at 13:02 and bringing the score to 12-3 going into the final 15 minutes of the match.
Videla scored his first of the night early in the fourth quarter, capitalizing after a series of rebounds at 1:54. Mbemba and Hernandez both scored their fourth goals of the evening later in the period, cementing the Sidekicks’ victory with a final score of 15-3.
The Sidekicks take to the road for clashes against defending PASL champion San Diego and newcomer Ontario before returning home for a weekend doubleheader on November 16-17. The Sidekicks face the Tulsa Revolution on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. That night will also include the popular Parade of Teams at halftime, where all youth teams are invited to wear their jerseys and parade around the field during halftime of the game. The next afternoon, at 3 p.m., the Sidekicks will take part in the PASL's Open Cup Tournament. All groups of 20 or more will receive half-priced tickets for that game. Additionally, all hot dogs, sodas, and beer will be $2.
Tickets for all Sidekicks games are on sale now at ticketmaster.com. For more information, visit www.dallassidekicks.net or call 214-550-6130. Follow the team on Twitter @GoSidekicks or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GoSidekicks.
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