The Austin Aztex are focused on each game as it comes. The next opponent is the hottest team in the USL, Oklahoma City Energy FC. They are unbeaten in their last eight matches and have ascended to second place in the Western Conference. The Energy FC last played two weeks ago when they defeated the Real Monarchs SLC.
The Aztex played and won last week. They defeated the Orange County Blues FC 1-0 in Austin. Orange County was a team on an unbeaten run like Oklahoma City, but the Aztex found a way. It was Austin’s first win after being on a three game skid. Austin Aztex head coach Paul Dalglish says,”[the] main take away from last week’s win is confidence from getting the three points but to be fair we have been in great confidence in recent weeks due to the level of our performances.” Dalglish is on the mark here. The Aztex have put in consistent performances and not been outplayed on the pitch for the last five weeks. Finally securing a gritty win, the Aztex should have more belief traveling to Taft Stadium in Oklahoma.
This will be the third meeting between the two sides this season. The first a 2-2 draw in Austin; the second a 1-0 win for the Energy in Oklahoma. Both games were closely contested matches. Despite their separation in the table (the Aztex in 11th and Energy FC in 2nd), this should be another tight match that may be decided by the smallest of margins.
Oklahoma City is led by Danni Konig. He is the top offensive player in the USL with 19 goals and recently notched a first half hat trick. “Konig is a great goal scorer at this level and is having a fantastic season,” Dalglish acknowledges. “With goal scorers prevention is better than cure. We need to make sure we execute our game plan well which is to prevent service to him.” Another player the Aztex will be keen to include in their game plan is Kyle Greig. He scored against the Aztex in both of the previous encounters.
The feeling in the Aztex camp is good. Forward Kris Tyrpak has regained his scoring touch and fellow forward Trevin Caesar is making life uneasy for the opposing back line. The players are working hard and supporting each other on the pitch. Team captain Lance Rozeboom leads one of the stingiest back lines in the league. “We are in good form at the moment. Our performances over the last 6 games have been at an outstanding level. We have dominated possession and territory in all games and with a little more luck in front of goal or decisions going in different directions we could be going into this game with six straight wins,” says Dalglish, “We go into this game with exactly the same mentality, to dominate the game by controlling possession and enforcing our style of play on them.”
When : Saturday, August 29th 7 pm CDT
Where : Taft Stadium, Oklahoma City
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