In front of their home fans, FC Amarillo made its indoor soccer debut netting eight goals in the second quarter, giving a huge boost in a 9-6 victory over FC Lubbock, the first ever-win for the club.
“I didn’t know what to expect as far as the crowd,” FC Amarillo coach Chad Webb said of the exhibition. “I was happy with that. I hope everybody enjoyed what they saw and I hope they come back for our next game.”
FC Amarillo, which will debut in U.S. Arena Soccer League in spring of 2019, next exhibition is set for June 3 in the Civic Center.
The indoor game features a different format than outdoor soccer with four 15-minute quarters.
FC Amarillo saw some chances come in early as they dominated possession in the attacking third of the field.
Lubbock, who did not see much possession in the first quarter, found the back of the netting capitalizing off a defender error with a goal by Victor Domingues, who hit a screamer from the about nine yards out from goal for the 1-0 lead after one.
“In the first quarter, we took about 10 to 12 shots and didn’t score any goals,” Webb said. “They took one and scored.”
It didn’t take Amarillo long to find the back of the net in the second quarter scoring 33 seconds in as Miguel Reyes found the back post as he lost his marker from eight yards out as Amarillo equalized at one.
In the indoor game, it should not be a surprise as teams can go on the counter pretty quickly.
Amarillo did just that as Patriani, a Brazilian native who has outdoor soccer experience, scored off an interception and in 1:15, FC Amarillo found themselves up front for the first time in the game and historically once a team scores one, another goal is looming.
Patriani found his second goal 1:01 later, this time off a turnover, for a 3-1 lead early in the second quarter.
The offense continued to press on forward with Patriani, who answered as he was awarded with a penalty.
In the indoor game, the penalty spot is awarded 15 yards out. Players can run up inside the penalty area and shoot.
As Patriani netted three goals in a span of 1:17, the spark of scoring goal spread as forward Abel Olivas netted his first goal of the game from a set piece as Amarillo extended the lead to 5-1 with 10:18 remaining.
Using the defense again to get on the front foot, Amarillo took advantage of another opportunity as midfielder Conrod Goulbourne used the stand tackle to win the ball and take it in for a goal as Amarillo started to pull away.
Following the goal, Amarillo would find themselves with another scoring opportunity from Olivas as he scored his second of the day for a five-goal cushion.
After trading scoring chances, Patriani found the back of the net for his fourth goal of the day with :49 left until the halftime break as Amarillo held an 8-1 lead.
“We are going to have to figure out how we turn the second quarter and do that three more times,” Webb said.
Lubbock saw its fair share of chances as Amarillo saw in the third quarter but were not able to find the back of the net courtesy of solid goalkeeper skills from Amarillo’s Jose Flores.
“I thought he [Fredo Chavez] was really good (goalie in the first half), especially in that first quarter,” Webb said. “If you flip it around, we put Flores in for the second half, he made some really good saves. We may have not held on to that win.”
Patriani looked for his fifth goal but could not capitalize from a penalty run up with 2:26 left.
“I think we may have settled in a little too much,” Webb said. “In the second quarter, we were flying around like crazy. I don’t know what caused us to slow down and take our foot off the petal. I don’t think that suits us in this indoor game.”
In what needed to be a big comeback for FC Lubbock, the attacking moves came early to start the fourth quarter with a goal from Jorge Martinez in the first 2:03 in the quarter.
Coming off the back heel of the previous goal, Brendon Fleichhauer got his goal with his aggressiveness and skills getting the ball past Flores to cut the Amarillo lead to 8-5.
The momentum slowly found the way of FC Lubbock as Scott Smith converted a goal from the penalty area to find themselves in striking distance, facing a two-goal deficit.
Right as time wound down, one big chance Amarillo saw was the very last chance with midfielder Felipe Silva getting the goal as the ball deflected off FC Lubbock goalkeeper’s left shoulder for the deflection to make it way in the back of the net.