Corpus Christi FC faced Brazos Valley Cavalry FC on a hot and humid evening in Bryan, but the boys from the Coastal Bend came up short to an experienced and well-drilled Cavalry side, as the goals in either half delivered the Sharks their first defeat of 2019.
Corpus Christi FC went back on the road in the second part of their three consecutive away days before they return to the Dr. Jack Dugan Stadium, although, in this hostile atmosphere in Bryan, the Sharks could not continue their sensational goalscoring form.
The home side instantly got on the front foot, applying early pressure to the men in white and it almost worked a treat, however, the linesman’s flag went up, despite the well-worked effort ending up in the back of the net.
As the early stages went on, Corpus failed to keep up with the pace of the Cavalry tempo, and, eventually, their star man Kyle Edwards netted a sweet header from the back post to give them a 1-0 lead.
However, the Sharks responded with a great attitude and even better determination, and for the remainder of the half, Dr. Sebastian Giraldo’s men began to match the Cavalry.
Fantastic chances fell to Checha Cvetanovic, whilst the inform Stefan Lukic and Team of the Week star Ollie Wright began to see lots of the ball before the end of the first 45.
In the second half, CCFC quickly became the dominant team, with Cvetanovic being denied only by a brilliant stop from the Cavalry keeper. Shortly after, the home side crept back into the game, but, in a Man of the Match display, Tevin Lessey heroically saved the game from being 2-0, with his tremendous stop on the line.
As the Sharks continued to hustle, the away side was struck with some terrible luck, as the threatening Cvetanoivc came off with an injury and was replaced by Salifu Jatta.
However, Jatta’s introduction forced the Sharks to play their best soccer so far, as his lightning pace and movement up top began to trouble the Cavalry defense.
As the game edged towards its finale, Jatta continued to frighten and Corpus Christi was really on top at the finish.
Unfortunately, the men in white could not make their pressure count and the Cavalry sealed the deal by catching the Sharks on the break, ultimately giving the home side a 2-0 lead with minutes to go.
It was a strong and positive second 45 from CCFC, but the Cavalry’s clinical nature proved to be the difference. Up next for the Sharks is the long away trip to Mississipi, Tuesday, May 28, to face Mississipi Brilla.
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