NICK LEYDEN - Monday, April 12, 2010
Wisconsin native Charles Kazlauskas once again played 90 minutes in Helmond Sport's victory over Jupiler League strugglers Dordrecht.
The 27 year old took his normal position on the right side of midfield for Helmond Sport and threatened Dordrecht throughout.
Coach Jürgen Streppel's men dominated the first half, pressuring the Dordrecht defense from the opening whistle. Only a strong performance from Dordrecht ‘keeper Nick van der Ploeg had kept the visitors from running away with a comfortable victory.
Helmond Sport broke through in the 44th minute when defender Jeffrey Altheer struck an inch perfect free kick off the underside of the crossbar and Kazlauskas reacted first to bury the rebound in the back of the net.
It was determined afterwards, however, that the ball had caromed across the goal line prior to Kazlauskas' touch, so the goal was deservedly credited to Altheer.
Helmond Sport continued to control the game after half time, though a second goal eluded them. Kazlauskas nearly created an insurance goal when he set up defender Mike Mampuya late in the game, but the Belgian could not convert.
Dordrecht finally mustered some pressure as the game wound down, but it was to no avail.
For the hosts it was yet another disappointing result, as they still have not won a home game in 2010 and fell to 15th place.
Helmond Sport on the other hand has climbed to eighth, putting them in position for the final spot in the promotion playoffs which begin later this month.
Kazlauskas and company will next take the field on Friday when they engage high flying SC Cambuur-Leeuwarden who currently sit in second.