The Houston Dynamo continued their 2012 preseason with a 4-0 victory over San Jacinto College, Wednesday morning, at the Houston Amateur Sports Park. Nathan Sturgis scored a first-half goal and Jorge Escobar, Will Bruin and Adam Moffat followed with second-half strikes to break the game open.
Houston’s starting lineup featured a collection of trialists along with Tyler Deric, Andre Hainault, Josue Soto and Sturgis. Soto and Hainault nearly combined for a goal in the 4th minute, but Hainault's header off a Soto corner kick sailed just wide of the goal. Minutes later, Sturgis rose above the pack on a Soto corner kick, but sent his header over the crossbar.
In the 17th minute, Soto sent a curling free kick from 25 yards out toward the upper corner of the net, but San Jacinto goalkeeper Matt Dishno dove to his left to knock it away. Soto came close minutes later when a hard shot from the right side of the penalty area skimmed the top of the crossbar.
Sturgis finally broke through in the 31st minute, redirecting a Soto corner kick off his chest and into the net to give the Dynamo the lead.
The Dynamo out-shot San Jacinto 12-1 in the first half with a 7-1 advantage in corner kicks.
At the start of the second half, Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear inserted more returning players into the lineup to mix in with a few trialists.
In the 55th minute Trinidadian trialist Darryl Roberts found space to the left of the goal and sent the ball across the goalmouth past Dishno to an open Jorge Escobar. The former Dynamo Academy midfielder made no mistake, firing the ball into the empty net to double Houston's advantage.
Less than a minute later, Sarkodie created space for himself on the right flank before delivering a cross to Bruin, who calmly buried the chance from 12 yards for a 3-0 lead.
In the 66th minute, Will Bruin got on the end of a Colin Clark corner kick but his header drilled off the post. The ball caromed back to Adam Moffat, who smashed home the rebound for a 4-0 lead.
The Dynamo will return to training tomorrow before taking on Houston Baptist University, Saturday morning, at the Houston Amateur Sports Park. Kickoff for the scrimmage is scheduled for 10:30 a.m.
Houston Dynamo vs. San Jacinto College
February 1, 2012 -- Houston Amateur Sports Park
HOU – Nathan Sturgis 31
HOU – Jorge Escobar 55
HOU – Will Bruin 56
HOU – Adam Moffat 66
Houston Dynamo first team first half – Tyler Deric, Warren Creavalle, Andre Hainault, Nathan Sturgis, Oscar Recio, Brian Ownby (Jorge Escobar 32), Daniel Roberts (Philip Aseweh 32), Josue Soto, Eder Arreola, Karo Okiomah, Colin Rolfe.
Houston Dynamo first team second half – Tyler Deric, Kofi Sarkodie, Bobby Boswell, Jermaine Taylor, Corey Ashe, Jorge Escobar (Alex Dixon 62), Je-Vaughn Watson, Philip Aseweh (Adam Moffat 62), Colin Clark, Will Bruin, Darryl Roberts.
San Jacinto College – Matt Dishno (Rodrigo Segura 70), Rodrigo Holden (Nataki Stewart 78), Sergio Rionda, Daniel Porlan (Jerson Carrasco 70), Amaury Ponce, Jaime Rodriguez (Jorge Puente) 30), Miguel Funes (Antonio Cruz 63), Erik Stephenson, David Bergien (Federico Espinach 46), Benito Amaral (Martin Castillo 30, Ibrahim Bocoum 76), Andres Suazo Ramirez (Rony de la Mora 78)