Mbemba collects hat trick as Sidekicks improve to 4-0

The Dallas Sidekicks have soared to 4-0 on the season, defeating the Texas Strikers 10-3 Saturday night.  Franck Mbemba scored the team’s first hat trick of the season.

Mbemba has scored six goals in four games, moving him to the top of the team in both points and goals scored. Goaltender Shamu has moved to 4-0 on the season with three saves during the game. The Sidekicks took a season high 48 shots.

The Sidekicks began the fourth quarter with a comfortable 8-2 lead. Texas’ Everton Pinnock added some pressure with a goal at 5:21, but Michael Uremovich struck back a few minutes later to get his second of the night at 9:18. Shaun David also got his second soon after, finishing out the scoring for the game at 10:25.

Scoring in the third quarter began when a shot from Texas defender Adrian Ramirez made its way past Sidekicks goaltender Sagu at 3:38. A few minutes later, Mbemba secured the first Sidekicks hat-trick of the season at 5:13. Renato Pereira earned the assist. The last Sidekicks hat trick was scored on March 10, 2004 at Monterrey by Martin Nash (brother of former Dallas Maverick Steve Nash).

The Sidekicks took a season-high 11 shots on goal in the second quarter, and managed to capitalize on five of them. Uremovich struck first just 2:35 in. A few minutes later, Pereira was called for a foul from behind and was sent to the box. Being one man down did not stop the Sidekicks’ assault, Mbemba scoring the team’s second shorthanded goal of the season at 4:41. Pereira put the Sidekicks up 5-1 at 6:16, and three minutes later Jamie Lovegrove sailed his second of the game past Texas goaltender Cory Speed. Shortly after, the Sidekicks went up 7-1 when David scored at 10:37. Kiley Couch was credited with his fourth assist in four games.

Mbemba opened up scoring in the first quarter, forcing in a goal from a restart at 6:49. Lovegrove was the next to strike at 8:00. Texas answered back just 22 seconds later, Jose Olabarrieta getting it past Sagu to make it 2-1. This was the only first quarter goal the Sidekicks have allowed so far this season.

The Sidekicks will take on the Texas Strikers again in their next match on Saturday, December 15 at 7:00 p.m. at the Allen Event Center.

Individual and season tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster or the team website. For more information, visitwww.dallassidekicks.net or call 214-550-6130. Follow the team on Twitter @GoSidekicks or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GoSidekicks.

About the Dallas Sidekicks
The Dallas Sidekicks are a professional indoor soccer team competing in the Professional Arena Soccer League. The Sidekicks play their home matches at the Allen Event Center. The original Sidekicks were founded in 1984 and won four indoor championships in its tenure. Guided by Head Coach, General Manager and indoor soccer legend Tatu, the Sidekicks have brought indoor soccer back to Dallas.