NATIONAL PREMIER SOCCER LEAGUE: West Texas FC to host Lubbock in regular season finale

Just a few weeks ago, West Texas FC was sitting in fourth place in the Lone Star Conference standings.

Now, the team is in sole possession of first place with one more game to go in the regular season.

The team will look to clinch a No. 1 seed and home field advantage in the Lone Star Conference playoffs when it hosts the Lubbock Matadors at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Astound Broadband Stadium.

West Texas FC is currently on a four-game winning streak, coming off a 6-0 dismantling of Fort Worth this past Wednesday.

The team currently sits in first with 19 points and a record of 6-1-2.

“The most important thing is that we got three points and it puts us in a good position,” West Texas FC head coach David Ormiston said. “I’m proud of the boys for keeping the momentum going and we’re looking forward to the next game.”

>> STANDINGS: The team is only in first by one point in the standings as FC Brownsville sits in second with 18 points while Laredo is third with 17.

The Lubbock Matadors are fourth with 16.

Ormiston said he hasn’t paid much attention to the standings over the last couple of weeks as the team has taken it one game at a time.

“We didn’t really pay too much attention to the table because results can change pretty fast,” Ormiston said. “We knew that if we took it one game at a time, we can put runs together. We know we have the talent. We always talk about not peaking too early.”

>> LUBBOCK: The Matadors are coming off a 2-0 victory against Denton from Wednesday.

West Texas FC won the last meeting in a 3-1 contest back on May 18.

“It’s an important game for both teams,” Ormiston said. “Both teams are going to want the three points. They’re a good team. They’ve picked up some momentum as well. We’re expecting a really tough test but we have full belief in ourselves. We’re just hoping to come out with the three points.”

Ormiston is expecting a few things to be different from the last meeting but also said that both teams are coming in with a lot of momentum.

“They have a few different changes in the lineup but they still have a lot of momentum,” Ormiston said. “The more you play each other, the better the team cohesion will be. It’ll make them more dangerous but it’s the same for us. We’ve played together and over the last few games, we’ve managed to put runs together and have only conceded five. We’re looking to keep that going.”

>> MORE GOALS: There were plenty of fireworks from West Texas FC’s win on Wednesday against Fort Worth.

Two goals from both Oliver Correa and Antoine Marques helped West Texas FC dominate in its victory while Liam Corr and Kacy Parish also found the back of the net.

While it may have looked like a complete performance, Ormiston doesn’t think it’s the best he’s seen from his team.

“If I’m being honest, I think we’ve performed better,” Ormiston said. “I think scoring the six goals was great but overall, we’ve performed better. However, we’re still happy with the six goals and three points.”