Dallas, TX- Team STX left no room for mercy in the opening minutes of the LXMPRO 214 game, presented by Champion, kicking off with a 5-0 stride. The rest of the game was a teaser, with Maverik United chipping away minute by minute, only to leave the field one goal shy of a win. The final score was 10-9 in favor of Team STX.
The first whistle blew and ignited a fire in the Team STX attack who immediately produced four unanswered goals, each from different players: Kyle Harrison, Xander Ritz, Sam Bradman, and Peter Baum. Maverik United had a few opportunities in the first few minutes, but their initial fast break attack was shutdown by Matt Russell in cage. Team STX’s defensive unit, which was named MVP of the game, followed suit and denied Maverik United’s attack any easy lanes. When Maverik United gained possession after the 4-0 deficit, Team STX stripped them of the ball, sending it up field so Adrenaline Athlete, Geoff Worley, could assist Adrenaline Athlete, Peter Baum, for a back-to-back goal.
Maverik United found room to capitalize on Johnny Rodriguez’s first save as he cleared the ball up field to get the team on the board before the first quarter ended. Shamel Bratton ripped one to make the score 5-1. Maverik United’s newfound momentum carried into the second quarter with an identical coast to coast play; Johnny Rodriguez shut down Sam Bradman, clearing downfield to newcomer, Aaron Prosser who converted his first goal of the game. Sean Lindsay found the back of the net for MavU to make the score 5-3 in favor of Team STX. Unsettled with a two-goal lead, Team STX doubled the gap to four before the half. Headed by a save from Matt Russell, arguably the ticket to Team STX’s constant lead, Kyle Harrison sniped a pass to Geoff Worley for an inside dunk past Rodriguez. A series of saves on both ends amounted to an interception by Andrew Casimir to allow Xander Ritz to secure another Team STX point to make the score 7-3 at half.
The back and fourth offensive spikes on either squad continued into the second half. Maverik United posted their second hot streak of the game, scoring three back-to-back goals from Brandon Corp and two from Adrenaline Athlete, Erik Krum. Krum’s second goal of the second half culminated from a pass-and-move approach, which was not common in this game. Zach Brenneman did a double dodge and pass to Sean Lindsay for an underneath shovel pass to Krum with the goalie fake to find some off-side-hip twine. The third quarter ended in another two-goal lead, 8-6 in favor of Team STX.
In the fourth quarter Maverik United was quick to respond with each goal scored by Team STX, turning the last fifteen minutes into a rapid-fire shootout. Billy Bitter stepped up huge in the fourth quarter, sticking two goals following Kyle Harrison and Peter Baum on the other end. The Team STX defensive unit earned its MVP honors in the last minutes as each shot was contested and allowed Matt Russell to come up with the ball at least two more times. With under three minutes to go in the game, Bitter was able to sneak one by to complete a hat trick and bring the game within one. Following a timeout, players took the field with 1:20 minutes left in the game. Team STX put high pressure on the Maverik United attack, resulting in an incredible takeaway check by Tommy Kehoe and scoop up by Maxx Davis to solidify the win.
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After the traditional team handshake and cool down stretch, the LXMPROs crossed the field to meet eager fans for a post-game Knockaround autograph session. Players lined up to get posters, clothing, and equipment signed by the LXM PROs. When the autograph session ended, regular tournament games resumed to finish off the day.
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