ARLINGTON, Texas (Friday, August 12, 2022) – Real Monarchs (3-14-2,11 points) fell on the road 4-0 to North Texas SC. While the score was knotted at halftime, the Texans poured in four goals during the second half to secure the victory.
The game started with North Texas controlling the tempo and putting pressure on the Monarchs’ defense. In the 7th minute, forward Hope Aveyevu played the ball through to Isaiah Parker, but Real Salt Lake Homegrown goalkeeper Gavin Beavers made a big save to keep things level. Beavers made another big save in the 26th minute when Bernard Kamungo tried to flick it to the far post from close range.
The Monarchs looked to take the lead in the 30th minute when Tyrone Mondi slotted the ball ahead to Pedro Fonseca inside the box, but the Brazilian’s shot hit the crossbar and bounced away. Mondi had a shot of his own in the 36th minute after he scorched past multiple defenders before getting his shot blocked by North Texas goalkeeper Juan Carrera.
North Texas had a flurry of chances just before halftime, but good defense and another save from Beavers kept both sides tied 0-0 heading into the break.
The home side started the second half with some heavy pressure and looked to take the lead in the 55th minute when Jose Mulato dispossessed Golden Mafwenta for a one-on-one with Beavers, but Mulato’s shot soared over the crossbar and out of play. In the 63rd minute, North Texas was awarded a penalty kick, and Mulato punched it into the back of the net for the first goal of the match.
The Texans doubled the lead in the 70th minute when Hope Avayevu tapped in a rebound that spilled out of Beavers’ hands. Ten minutes later the Monarchs conceded another penalty kick, this time Kamungo stepped up and fired it inside the left post to extend the lead to 3-0. The home side scored one more time before the final whistle as a rebound off the post fell to the feet of Pablo Torre who rocketed a shot into the back of the net, making the final score 4-0.
UP NEXT: Real Monarchs will visit Minnesota United FC 2 on Sunday, August 21 with kickoff at 7:00 p.m. MT before returning home for a two-game homestand. The Monarchs will first host Tacoma Defiance on Friday, August 26 at 7:00 p.m. MT before welcoming Timbers 2 on Saturday, September 3 at 7:00 p.m. MT.
GOAL SCORING RUNDOWN:
NTX: Jose Mulato (PK) 63rd Minute: After being awarded a penalty kick, Mulato powered his right-footed shot inside the left post.
NTX: Hope Avayevu 70th Minute: While Beavers made the initial save on a Kamungo header, he couldn’t hold onto the ball as Avayevu tapped it into the back of the net.
NTX: Bernard Kamungo (PK) 80th Minute: Kamungo’s right-footed shot from the penalty spot tucked inside the left post.
NTX: Pablo Torre 90th Minute: After Luis Cardoso’s shot hit the post, Torre pounced on the rebound and pounded it into the back of the net.
-Forward Terron Williams is coming off his first two professional goals in a 3-1 victory over Whitecaps FC 2, where both goals came from fellow forward and Real Salt Lake Homegrown Axel Kei.
-Tonight’s matchup is the second time the clubs have met and both times the two squads have found themselves on top of the yellow card list. Real Monarchs lead the league with 61 while North Texas is just behind at 56, setting up what will most likely be a physical match.
-North Texas forward Bernard Kamungo is tied for third in goals scored with Orlando City 2’s Jack Lynn and Tacoma Defiance’s Marlon Vargas in MLS NEXT Pro with 12. The trio trail Columbus Crew 2’s Jacen Russell-Rowe, who leads the league with 15 goals, and NYC FC 2’s John Denis with 13.
Match: Real Monarchs vs North Texas SC
Date: August 12, 2022
Venue: Choctaw Stadium
Weather: Overcast and 95
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
Real Monarchs 0 0 0
North Texas SC 0 4 4
NTX: Juan Mulato (PK) 63’
NTX: Hope Avayevu 70’
NTX: Bernard Kamungo (PK) 80’
NTX Pablo Torre 90’
Real Monarchs (4-3-3): Gavin Beavers; Pierre Reedy, Jaziel Orozco, Golden Mafwenta (Zack Farnsworth 74’), Aziz Kayondo; Pedro Fonseca, Christian Nydegger (Yekeson Subah 78’), Tyrone Mondi; Benjamin Rodriguez (Chris Garcia 78’); Axel Kei (Jude Wellings 85’), Terron Williams
Subs not used: Ty Rinker, Abokye Bikyeombe, Izzy Amparo
North Texas SC: Juan Carrera; Isaiah Parker, Paul Bello, Lucas Bartlett, Collin Smith (Pablo Torre 81’); Jared Aguilar, Tomas Lacerda (Derek Waldeck 82’), Alejandro Urzua (Andre Luiz Costa 46’); Hope Avayevu (Luis Cardoso 76’), Jose Mulato (Blake Pope 71’), Bernad Kamungo
Subs not used: Felipe Carneiro de Souza, Nolan Norris, Santiago Ferreira, Alejandro Araneda
Stats Summary: RM/NTX
Shots on goal: 2/11
Corner Kicks: 6/3
NTX: Jared Aguilar (caution) 29’
NTX: Hope Avayevu (caution) 37’
RM: Aziz Kayondo (caution) 39’
NTX: Collin Smith (caution) 60’
RM: Pierre Reedy (caution) 79’
Referee: Luis Guardia
Assistant Referees: Jennifer Dumaine, AJ Franklin
4th Official: Lorenzo Hernandez