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West Texas FC wins home opener against Austin United FC

West Texas FC's Olivier Correa dribbles away from Austin United FC's Luke Halkett on his way to a goal June 1 at Astound Broadband Stadium.

West Texas FC’s Olivier Correa dribbles away from Austin United FC’s Luke Halkett on his way to a goal June 1 at Astound Broadband Stadium.

Christopher Hadorn, reporter-Telegram

With only one home game in 33 days, West Texas FC had to take the opportunity to take three points on Saturday evening.

West Texas FC played its home opener against visiting Austin United FC, the only game at Astound Broadband Stadium in the first six games to open the National Premier Soccer League season.

West Texas FC took care of business by recording a 3-2 victory over Austin United FC on a humid evening at Astound Broadband Stadium.

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West Texas FC (2-0-1, 6 points) led the entire match from the fourth minute to completion, getting goals from defender Kareem Williams in the fourth minute, midfielder/forward Olivier Correa in the 21st minute.st minute and forward Antoine Marques in the 55e minute.

West Texas FC defeated Austin United FC 11-8. West Texas FC also had a 3-0 lead on corner kicks.

“It feels great,” Correa said. “We’ve been working towards that all week. Achieving this victory feels special. It is the first home game with a good turnout. We like to do it for the public.”

Correa, who scored in his second straight game, dazzled West Texas FC supporters by dribbling through Austin United FC’s defense and firing a well-placed shot at the top of the goal.

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“Oli is a top player, top player,” said West Texas FC head coach David Ormiston. ‘He’s our captain. He is a leader by example, both on and off the field. If you know anything about this guy and have seen him play at (Division I) Jacksonville University, goals like that are the norm for him. If you’re talking about today, he has a big goal today. It was special. I will give that to him.”

Correa is from Montreal, Canada.

“I lived near soccer fields and as a kid I told my parents I wanted to play and I just stuck to it,” Correa said. “I also played hockey growing up, like any good Canadian kid, but I had to choose, and I chose football.”

Austin United FC (1-3-1, 4 points) got goals from midfielder Ethan Orozco and forward Max Gonzalez.

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After Correa’s goal gave West Texas a 2–0 lead, Austin United FC scored on a counterattack shortly afterwards to trail 2–1 at halftime.

Marques fired a ball diagonally into the top left part of the goal to give West Texas FC a 3-1 lead before Austin United FC made things interesting with a goal in the 83rd minute.

Ormiston said his team lost concentration as they went up with a two-goal lead.

“The goals we conceded were very sloppy,” Ormiston said. “The three points are the most important. We are a little disappointed. We wanted a shutout, but there you go.”

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Correa added: “I feel like we dominated the game when we put our foot on the ball and moved it around. We really dominated the other team. Unfortunately, I think with tired legs and as the game went on we went away from that a little bit and made it difficult for ourselves. Hopefully we will work on that and be better next time.”

West Texas FC goalkeeper Christian Sekanina had four saves.

West Texas FC has three road games before its next home game on June 20 against CF10 Houston FC.

West Texas FC visits Brownsville FC on Thursday at 7:15 PM and takes on the Laredo Heat SC on June 8 at 8 PM.

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Ormiston says both clubs are among the best in the Lone Star Conference and NPSL.

“We’re going to take it day by day, game by game and see what comes of it,” Ormiston said. “We are fortunate to have a strong team with deep quality. We’ll take it one game at a time and see how it goes. Go for six points along the way.”

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