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article imageGalveston Pirates Go Joint Top After 4 Point Haul Against Tulsa

By Marc Roseblade     Jan 17, 2011 in Sports
Galveston - The Pirates are back!
After a 4 week lay off, Galveston Pirate Soccer Club got back on the playing field this weekend with back to back matches against unbeaten Tulsa Lobos.
The waters have been a bit choppy in recent weeks with some players leaving, some coming on board but once on the park, they're all Pirates, always have been.
Tulsa have been the star showing so far this season having won all but one of their previous matches but on the occasion they didn't win, it was the Pirates that stopped the Lobos that day with a high scoring 4-4 draw.
It certainly set the scene for this weekends matches to explode into life as both fought out for the top spot of the league and no one was disappointed with the quality of play on show.
Saturdays match kicked off at 4pm local time at Weis Middle School and even the chilly weather couldn't dampen the spirits as the watching supporters were treated to a cracker and a flurry of goals.
After going behind, the Pirates showed their spirit firstly equalizing through a Jachin Whittington’s header just before half time and then going ahead early in the second, again with a header, this time from Jorge Vela. However Tulsa have been top of the league for a reason and quickly responded to score their second and tie the game.
It looked like staying like that right until the end but up stepped Pirate again, Justin Santibanez to fire in low past the keeper to give the Pirates a 3-2 victory and the 3 points and a brilliant result for the home side that took them back to the top o the league an your no!
Into Sunday they went and it was a miserable day in Galveston, must have been the Scotland effect as the new Scottish fans cheered on their Galveston friends through the power of the internet.
New squad photo
New squad photo
Galveston Pirate SC
After a rain delay at Courville Stadium, the Pirates got off to a flyer after only a handful of minutes but the visitors replied 20 minutes later showing their metal for the fight. Brendan Keyes side however stole a march on the Lobos when a brilliantly curled free kick from outside the box by Jonathan Yanez gave his side the lead going into the 2nd half.
The second half kicked off much the same as the previous 45 had been, hard, tight, battle but with 20 remaining, Santibanez scored his second since returning from Club America with a nicely finished low shot past an onrushing keeper to give his side a 3-1 lead and surely the 3 points from the match.
Football is a fickle game though and as the Galveston players seemed to be taking the foot of the gas with the 3 points in sight, Tulsa clawed a goal back to make the final minutes nailbiting for the home side.
It was with a scary amount of dejavu that Tulsa were awarded an injury time penalty to equalize the score at 3-3, exactly the same decision made in their first tie earlier in the season for the Tulsa tie to equalize that match as well. Sometimes things are just weird but no matter the coincidences, the 2 points had been dropped with this late equalizer.
The Pirates remain joint top though with the 4 points gained this weekend and coach Keyes would have snapped your hand off for that before the weekend started thanks to the personnel changes that had taken place over the previous weeks.
Tulsa have a great chance to go back top on their own next weekend when they face the Texas Lonestars twice, Saturday and Sunday and must look at those matches as 6 points.
The Pirates have to wait 2 weeks before they are back in action, facing Club America at Maya Park in what looks like a tough tie but for now, the Pirates can bask in the fact they are back top, admittedly joint top, but top is top.
The league now looks like a 3 horse race between today's 2 teams and fierce Pirate rivals, the Regals who are only a couple of points behind.
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