November 2, 2013 – The Dallas Sidekicks opened the 2013-14 season in style, beating the Wichita B-52s 15-3 at the Allen Events Center. The 15 goals sets a team record for a home opener as both Nestor Hernandez and Frank Mmemba had four goals apiece.
The game started slowly as both teams got their game legs under them, but once Dallas got on the board it didn’t stop. Frank Mmemba opened the scoring for the Sidekicks, knocking the team’s first goal of the season at 5:39 into the period after some good work by Shaun David set up the goal. Newcomer Nestor Hernandez didn’t take long to make his mark, netting at 6:18 after catching B-52s keeper Nick Martinez wrong footed. David got into the action at 7:38, followed by Ricardinho who scored on a penalty kick at 12:31. A second goal from Hernandez closed the first period scoring with the Sidekicks leading 5-0.
With just over a minute gone in the second period, Wichita finally got on the board when Matt Clare scored the first goal for the B-52s. It didn’t take long for the home side to answer, though, as Patrick Shamu stole the ball near midfield, drove the rest of the field and scored between the legs of Martinez. Dallas then scored on successive power plays with Mmemba getting his second of the evening and Bruno Guardia getting his first at 7:44. Wichita’s Alex Moseley netted for the visitors to end the first half scoring with Dallas up 8-2.
The second half saw the Sidekicks come out just as strong as they had started. Fan favorite Jamie Lovegrove got his season going with a pair of goals. The first came on a quick pass from Sean Bellomy just 47 second into the period. Lovegrove’s second goal at 4:28 came after a nice series of passes, the final one coming from Carlos Videla. Travis Pittman got the final Wichita goal of the evening at 7:37 of the third period off an assist from Tom Newby. Hernandez scored his first hat-trick as a Sidekick with 11:24 gone in the period, followed by Mmemba’s third at 13:02. The third period ended with Dallas leading 12-3.
Three more Dallas goals in the fourth period brought the final tally to 15-3. At just about two minutes gone in the fourth period Jamie Lovegrove’s cross was back-heeled into the goal by Carlos Videla. Mmemba put in his fourth of the night at 9:30 and Hernandez followed with his fourth on a power play goal at 11:27.
Dallas netminder Sagu faced a total of 19 shots, making nine saves. Wichita keeper Nick Martinez faced 26 Dallas shots and made 11 saves.