Three second half goals was enough for Cajun SC to overpower the Central Texas Lobos 3-1 Saturday in a physical match at Shelton Stadium.
The Lobos came in with a 3-1 overall record and were coming off of a dominant 4-0 victory over Shreveport. They were taking on Cajun Soccer Club of New Orleans, Louisiana.
The visiting Cajun SC got off to a hot start to kick off the game. They spent the first ten minutes of the game on the offensive, consistently getting into the Lobo backfield. Central Texas goalkeeper Jonathan Gonzales and his defense held the opposition scoreless, however, allowing Central Texas to mount an attack.
The majority of the first half was a game of tug-of-war, as the two clubs appeared evenly matched on every level. The first shot of the day for the Lobos came from forward Jordan Guadardo, who took the majority of his team’s shots in the match. Guadardo accounted for four of the Lobos’ eight total shots.
Despite several solid offensive runs from both teams, neither was able to break the standstill. At halftime, the game remained scoreless.
As they did to start off the match, Cajun SC came out hot in the second half. Cajun SC got a shot on target in the first five minutes, which was saved by Gonzales. The next Cajun shot found the back of the net, however, as a header from a Cajun midfielder got past Gonzales, giving them a 1-0 lead.
The Lobos struggled for the next 15 minutes, as Cajun scored twice over the next 20 minutes of play. Down 3-0 with only ten minutes left to go, the Lobos find late life in the form of Guadardo.
After being awarded a free kick, Guadardo laced a shot into the top left corner of the goal to score the Lobos first goal of the game. The goal gave Central Texas energy, as they remained on the offensive for the final few minutes.
Despite the late push, the Lobos were held scoreless.
Head Coach and Owner of the Lobos David Walding felt his team played hard and despite the rough loss, have things to look forward to moving forward.
“We had a bad spell middle of the second half. I thought we kind of lost our heads,” Walding said. “I think we will learn from this one and be ready for our next game.”
Guadaro stood out in the loss for the Lobos. His lone goal was the only one for his team, and Guadardo routinely led the lobos offensive attack. Walding was very positive on what he saw from Guadardo.
“He has been playing well the past couple games,” Walding said. “He certainly had a great game for us today.”
The loss drops the Lobos record to 3-2 and puts them in third place in the Gulf Coast Premier League West division. The Lobos are four points back from Cajun SC. Central Texas does have two games in hand to make up those points in the future.
Central Texas will be back in action Saturday, June 16th when they play host to Pool Boys FC at Shelton Stadium.