CORPUS CHRISTI, TX — May 12, 2018
Gabriel Quesada gave the Corpus Christi FC the winning goal before the end of the game at the 90th minute of play. This is the first PDL victory for the Corpus Christi club. The result gets CCFC its first 3 points for the 2018 season.
CCFC game with Houston FC was played at the Houston Baptist University soccer stadium in Houston, Texas.
CCFC Starting Lineup
GK: Victor Villareal
RB: Gabriel Quesada
CB: Zach Riley
CB: Karo Azali
LB: Stanley Smith
CDM: Seth Korenek
CM: Saindou Ali
CM: Ignacio Dicun
RF: Ben Conway
CF: Nenad Markovich
LF: Karlo Lopez
Allan Rayo, Justin Burrell, Adrian Villanueva and Collin Featherby
The game started at 7:30PM local time to a warm and exciting crowd. CCFC controlled the game from the start, much to the visible frustration of Houston FC fans. CCFC took the lead at the 38th minute of play after a beautiful team play and excellent finish through #7 Nenad Markovich to the excitement of its bench and visiting fans on the stands.
However, chances were at a premium and that left CCFC with a precious lead to take into half time.
At resumption of play in the second half the tempo of the game was elevated as Houston FC players came out determined to score and tier the game. This forced CCFC Goalkeeper Victor Villareal to make two important saves within the first 10 minutes of starting the second half. # 22 for Houston FC Aldo Tarantini finally breached CCFC defense and scored a goal with a clean header at the 54th minute of play leveling scores.
CCFC continued to press forward with the introduction of Justin Burrell, who replaced Saindou Ali after a change in game plan by the coaches. Fans where trilled by exciting play and team work involving local talents Seth Korenek and kalo Lopez. CCFC defense was marshaled by Karo Azali, Zach Riley, team captain Stanley Smith and Gabriel Quesada creating a solid backline that was difficult for Houston FC players to penetrate.
Forward Ben Conway remained a consistent treat cutting in from the right side of play and combining well with Ignacio Dicum. Conway had 7 shots during the game but could not score that elusive winning goal.
Finally, at the 90th minute of play with a move originating from the midfield Gabriel Quesada #12 took advantage of poor defending by Houston FC and scored a beauty of a goal with a bullet header to hand CCFC the lead.
CCFC played out the last 4 minutes of added time, with the introduction of Allan Rayo at the 91st Minute.
At the 94th minute the referee blew the final whistle ending the game with a score of Houston FC 1: CCFC 2 and handing CCFC its first win and 3 points in the 2018 USL-PDL season.
CCFC Coach Sebastian Giraldo
“We are pleased with the way we played and this win away from home, the players are only getting to know each other and followed instructions during the game, we expect to continue to see exciting play from this group of talented and motivated players’
CCFC Next game is away scheduled for May 13 against AHFC Royal.
CCFC Season home opener is scheduled for Saturday May 19 with FC Cleburne at the Dr Jack Dugan Family and Soccer Stadium, TAMUCC, start time is 7:00PM
To buy game day tickets and CCFC merchandise visit aLoft Hotel corpus Christi 5117 Embassy Drive Corpus Christi, Texas
Photos and Images courtesy of Juan Flores : CCFC MANAGER OF VISUALS AND PHOTOGRAPHY
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