Austin Photographer Patrick Meredith

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Aztex fall 1-0 to Portland Timbers

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Austin goalkeeper Miguel Gallardo reacts after Portland's Stephen Keel scored a goal in the 85th minute during the Aztex v Timbers game in Austin on Monday.

Austin goalkeeper Miguel Gallardo reacts after Portland's Stephen Keel scored a goal in the 85th minute during the Aztex v Timbers game in Austin on Monday.

Today has been a pretty interesting day…I started it off with my truck breaking down right in front of my house right before I had a photo assignment.  With the help of my girlfriend who had the day off, I was off to shoot the final game of the Round Rock Express.  It was nice shooting in the daytime and the game was soon over.  I’ll post some shots from the game tomorrow.

After the baseball game, I almost immediately went to my next assignment, the last home game of the Austin Aztex soccer match against the Portland Timbers.  It was a great game with a lot of action.  Pretty awesome seeing the guys play so well.  It was almost heart breaking seeing them lose with just minutes left.  They held their own against the number one ranked USL-1 team…I guess I shouldn’t have said the ‘last’ home game, as the Aztex will be hosting an exhibition game against Club de Futbol Monterrey in early October.

  • Portland's Stephen Keel jumps into the arms of his teammate Mamadou Danso after scoring the go ahead goal in the 85th minute during their soccer match against the Austin Aztex on Monday.
  • Portland’s Stephen Keel jumps into the arms of his teammate Mamadou Danso after scoring the go ahead goal in the 85th minute during their soccer match against the Austin Aztex on Monday.
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    A few new ones…

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    Dell Diamond at sunset Round Rock Express

    It has been a hot minute since I last updated (literally one of the hottest summers in history), but here we go.  As I mentioned on a previous update, I shot the Round Rock Express‘ last home game against Nashville Sounds a couple nights ago.  Pretty fun shooting some baseball again.  They are ending their season this weekend/Monday, so you should get out there and watch some baseball while you still can.

    Nashville Sounds Chris Cody

    The action was pretty good, including a small collision with the pitcher and the catcher of the Sounds…

    Reggie Abercrombie Round Rock Express

    Despite having a couple of bad at bats, Reggie Abercrombie came through with 2 RBIs and a couple of nice catches near center field.

    Round Rock Express

    I also grabbed a bunch of detail shots (kind of like the one above) and some panoramas from just about every angle I could find…

    A view from the stands at the Dell Diamond during a Round Rock Express baseball game in Round Rock.

    A view from the stands at the Dell Diamond during a Round Rock Express baseball game in Round Rock.

    I also shot the second to last home game of the Austin Aztex.  Pretty fun night as usual, but the lights kill me over at Nelson Field.  Thankfully they are moving to House Park (on Lamar/15th)  next season…The lights aren’t any better, but it is a short walk from my house.

    Jamie Watson Austin Aztex soccer

    Joining the Aztex again was Jamie Watson, who played in Austin last season.  The kid was the top scorer in the USL-2 with 12 goals and 6 assists.  He didn’t score any of the goals in the 1-0 win over Miami, but he took a couple of shots at the goal when he was put in towards the end of the game.

     Eddie Johnson Austin Aztex

    Eddie Johnson scored the sole goal, which was enough for the win…The first win in 10 games, dating back to early July.  Always good to see our   take the win.  The last game of the season is on the 7th.  If you haven’t been, it is a lot of fun.  Any why wait until next year when you can do it now?

    I also shot my first ‘real’ high school football game on Friday, the Taco Shack Bowl.  I say ‘real’ as in Friday Night Lights.  It was a lot of fun being on the sidelines again and I can’t wait until the season gets into full swing…

    Taco Shack Bowl House Park Austin Texas

    Taco Shack Bowl House Park Austin Texas

    Taco Shack Bowl House Park Austin Texas

    House Park Austin Tx

    Above is House Park on Lamar and 15th street, the new home of the Austin Aztex.  Check out that view!  You can see the Capitol Building from the stands too.  The stadium, which seats around 5,000 people, should be a better venue for the Aztex.  The sidelines aren’t big and there is no track running around the field, making it less dangerous for players and allowing the fans to sit almost on top of the action.  All they need to do is install some new lights and everyone (me) will be happy.

    In other news, VOLLEYBALL HAS JUST BEGUN!!!!!  I’m very excited about this.  Volleyball has got to be one of the hardest sports to shoot.  Granted anyone can shoot a serve and the players standing around, but only really talented photographers can make great images at a game.  Most venues are dimly lit, the action is really fast and the ball can go in any direction.  In any event, it is one of my favorite sports to shoot, even though I’ve only shot 3 or 4 games.  Hopefully this season will change those numbers a bit and yield a couple images for me to post.  Here are two from last season that I enjoyed…..

    Caldwell High School Volleyball

    Volleyball

    And that is it for the moment.

    Pedernales Park Johnson City TXHank at Pedernales Falls near Johnson City, TX

    Houston Dynamo down Austin Aztex 2-0

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    Houston Dynamo goalkeeper Tally Hall celebrates with Dominic Oduro, who scored the first of 2 Dynamo goals, after defeating the Austin Aztex 2-0 in Austin.

    Houston Dynamo goalkeeper Tally Hall celebrates with Dominic Oduro, who scored the first of 2 Dynamo goals, after defeating the Austin Aztex 2-0 in Austin.

    I got to see the Austin Aztex take on the #1 ranked Houston Dynamo last night at Nelson Field…Another pretty fun game with roughly 4,000 people in attendance…including a huge crew from Houston and the Texian Army.  Pretty awesome seeing that big of a crowd traveling with their team…

    A Houston Dynamo fan cheers on his team amid heavy smoke produced by a smoke bomb during the Dynamo's 2-0 win over the Austin Aztex.

    A Houston Dynamo fan cheers on his team amid heavy smoke produced by a smoke bomb during the Dynamo's 2-0 win over the Austin Aztex.

    More to come…

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    July 2, 2009 at 4:00 am

    Austin Aztex 1 – Columbus Crew 0

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    Another fine night for some Texas style soccer!  The Austin Aztex hosted the Crew at Nelson field and took the win 1-0 with a first half goal by Eddie Johnson.

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    I’m currently working up a lot of photos from yesterday, including more SXSW, University of Texas baseball and more Aztex soccer games, so feel free to check back later today for more…..

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    Patrick

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    March 15, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    Austin Aztex vs. Houston Dynamo

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    I made the short drive from my house to Nelson Field in Austin, Texas to watch the Austin Aztex take on the Houston Dynamo tonight.
    From what I’ve read online and what people in the stands were telling me, Houston, the two-time MLS Cup Champion, would be a hard team to beat. Both teams put up some nice plays (including a few acrobatic saves from Miguel), but the game ended in a 2-2 tie.
    A good game to watch…Even better was that I stayed for the entire match, something I usually don’t get to do! Over 4,000 people came out to support their teams, which is very cool.

    If light of all the requests I’ve gotten and the number of hits my blog is getting because of the AA, I’ll try to upload a few more photos than I normally would.
    If you are interested in using a photo, please contact me via email @ info@meredith-photo.com

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    March 8, 2009 at 5:33 am