Sidekicks Beat Heat, 6-2, Set New PASL Attendance Record
ALLEN, TX - The Dallas Sidekicks and the Harrisburg Heat are back. Both expansion teams returned to action Saturday night, as Dallas defeated the Harrisburg Heat 6-2, in front of a lively home crowd of 5,909 at the Allen Event Center. Even Dallas NBA star Dirk Nowitzki welcome the Sidekicks back, appearing on the big screen in a taped segment urging fans to cheer on the home team moments before the game started.
This game also marked the coaching showdown of two former Dallas teammates, current Sidekicks head coach Tatu and Heat head coach Richard Chinapoo.
Once all the pregame festivities commenced however, it was time to get down to business. And both teams started aggressively, taking a quarter to get settled down.
A frenetically-paced first quarter ended in a scoreless tie, with Harrisburg having a 12-4 advantage in shots, most of which occurred during a Harrisburg powerplay. Dallas played strong powerplay defense during the first half, and at the 4:33 mark of the second quarter, Sidekicks forward Carlos Videla scored the first Dallas goal of the season, off an assist from defenseman Kylie Couch, who quickly got into the scoring act of his own.
After some hard-nosed, back and forth play between the two teams, Couch scored the second goal of the night for Dallas, off an assist from forward Shawn David, making it 2-0 Sidekicks at the 10:49 mark of the second quarter. During the second quarter, Dallas began to catch up on shots on goal, and thanks to some nice footwork along the baseboards, Videla scored at the 12:57 mark of the second quarter.
Dallas held a 3-0 lead at the half, with a 19-17 advantage in shots over Harrisburg.
The second half started off similar to the first, when Sidekicks forward Patrick Shamu scored quickly into the third quarter, off an assist forward Renato Pereira at the 1:12 mark, to make it 4-0 Sidekicks.
Harrisburg then got into the mix with some scoring of their own, when Heat forward Tom Mellor scored, assisted by midfielder Tyler Witmer at the 14:40 mark of the third quarter.
The teams traded off goals for the rest of the night, and in the fourth quarter, Frank Mbemba and Renato Pereira scored for Dallas, while Mitchell Walters scored for Harrisburg, making the final score 6-2.
Overall, it was a successful night for both expansion teams’ return to professional soccer, and a successful night for the Professional Arena Soccer League.