BRENDAN WIMBERLY - Monday, August 25, 2014
Charles Kazlauskas was the only active American in Holland this weekend, helping Helmond to a productive, four-point weekend.
Helmond Sport 2 - 1 FC Oss
Charles Kazlauskas went the distance for Helmond Sport as they downed FC Oss on Friday.
Helmond jumped in front in the 17th minute thanks to a blunder from Oss midfielder Rick Stuy van den Herik. Stanley Elbers sent Omar Diouck's cross towards the net and Stuy van den Herik couldn't clear, instead sending the opening goal into the net to give Helmond the lead.
Diouck doubled Helmond's lead in the 35th minute. The young Belgian snuck a shot past Oss keeper Nick Hengelman from a tight angle for his second goal of the young season.
Helmond keeper Wouter van der Steen deserved a shutout on the day, repelling numerous dangerous chances by Oss, but it wasn't to be as new Helmond midfielder Roel van de Sande surrendered possession in the penalty area to Dennis Janssen. Janssen slotted home a goal to bring Oss back within one, but it wasn't enough.
van der Steen racked up an impressive 7 saves to help Helmond collect all three points.
Helmond's next game took place on Monday against Sparta Rotterdam.
Sparta Rotterdam 0 - 0 Helmond Sport
Charles Kazlauskas played the full 90 minutes for the second time in four days as Helmond were able to pick up a tie on the road against Sparta Rotterdam.
Helmond coach Jan van Dijk opted not to pack it in against Rotterdam, who had won their first three games in the league which put them at the top of the standings, but rather the Helmonders enjoyed a slight advantage in possession with 55-percent.
Wouter van der Steen was the star again for Helmond. The veteran goalie made 13 saves, including rushing out to greet Rotterdam midfielder Yuri Loen who had broken free of the Helmond defense.
The shutout was the first of the season for Helmond. Kazlauskas has once again been ever present along the Helmond backline this year. After playing all but 13 minutes for Helmond last year, Kazlauskas has played all 360 minutes through Helmond's first four games this year.
Helmond's next game comes next Friday at home against NEC.
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