Inauguration week 1 United States Soccer League the season is in full swing with three huge matchups on Sunday.
To kick off, the Houston players the defense held firm to defeat a resilient Michigan Panthers troop, 17-12.
Then the Philadelphia Stars take the New Orleans thugsand the Tampa Bay Bandits face the Pittsburgh Maulers at 8 p.m. ET on FS1.
dungeon an eye on the state of the art first try automatic measurement technology while taking advantage of micro players all over the court, new headsets, drones and dual sky cameras, and never-before-seen access.
Here are the best moments:
Houston players 17 Michigan Panthers 12
Break the ice
Hometown man Nick Vogel opened the scoring for the Gamblers, who took a 3-0 lead on the strength of his right leg midway through the first quarter.
He. Will be. To go!
They don’t call themselves the league’s No. 1 defense for no reason. Defensive captain Reggie Northrup picked up the loose pigskin after a forced fumble near the goal line and took it 90 yards the other way to capitalize on the Gamblers advantage.
Kevin Sumlin capitalized on the score by going for two. His move proved successful, putting Houston ahead 11-0.
Houston had one mission in mind during the first half: drop the ball and get it back. He did it for the second time in two terms with that school tackle.
defense on offense
The Gamblers have their first offensive TD! Following the fumble recovery, Clayton Thorson showed a huge moxie in the pocket, hanging on under pressure to find Isaiah Zuber in the back of the end zone. Thorson’s pass was absolutely beautiful.
Signs of life
Jeff Fisher’s halftime talk to his team stuck with the group, and the Panthers started their comeback attempt on the right foot with a quick TD strike in their first practice of the second half. No. 1 overall pick Shea Patterson threw a nice pass to Lance Lenoir to cap a 10-play, 74-yard drive.
The Panthers are thinning the margin! This time it was the ground game that propelled the big cats into the end zone, namely Stevie Scott III. They would fail to convert on the ensuing two-point conversion and trailed 17-12 after the TD.
Momentum moved all the way in Michigan’s direction after a shrewd diving pick from former Baylor DB Jameson Houston.
The Panthers took over at the opponent’s 43-yard line after the restart.
The Panthers failed to put on a good showing on INT, however, and Houston forced a pair of game-winning saves as time stood still to stave off their opponent and earn their first-ever win.
“We came out hot, on fire,” Houston linebacker Reggie Northrup said. “We executed that first half. In the second half it got a bit difficult. We had to go back, get our mindset back. … a win is a win.”
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