Corpus Christi FC dominated their first away fixture of the season by defeating Houston FC in spectacular style, despite going behind early on. Goals from Stanley Smith, Checha Cvetanovic, Salifu Jatta and two from the inform Stefan Lukic ensured that the Sharks remained at the top of the Mid South division.
Corpus Christi FC played continued their winning ways on a windy evening over in Houston. The Sharks began to dominate from the early stages, with Dr. Sebastian Giraldo’s philosophy evident in the possession-based approach from the lads.
However, despite the early superiority, Houston took the lead on the 31st minute, after the Sharks switched off for just a moment. It was a thumping header from Chance Arney, coming against the run of play.
Although, in a similar style, Corpus struck back immediately, with Lukic delicately easing the ball past the Houston keeper with a brilliant headed goal. The Houston goal clearly woke the Sharks up, and Giraldo’s men took charge of the game thereafter.
With the wind dictating the game, it was going to take a well-worked goal to take the lead. Step forward, Stanley Smith. With some tremendous Giraldo-esque build-up play, Cvetanovic slid the ball back for our number 21 to slot the ball home and give the Sharks a 2-1 lead before the end of the first 45.
Since Corpus took the lead, their dominance was rarely questioned, and the boys in white controlled the tempo of the match on this humid, windy Houston night.
The Sharks continued the second half as they finished the first, with the possession-based soccer continuously troubling Houston. Soon after, Cvetanovic capped off a magnificent display with a sumptuous finish at the start of the first half, giving Corpus clear daylight. Shortly after, Cvetanovic was replaced by Salifu Jatta.
Houston never looked like regaining any sort of control on the game after the Serbian’s goal, and the tika-taka Dr. Giraldo is implementing went into beast mode. A string of 42 passes in the Houston half proved the dominance of Corpus and the ease at which they were playing.
In the midst of this, the fresh legs from the lightning-quick Jatta began to trouble the tiring Houston team, and soon after coming on, the 6ft 4″ striker steamed through the defense to net his first-ever goal for Corpus Christi FC, and the Sharks led 4-1.
With the substitutions of Allan Rayo, Karl Azali and Mckinley Smith adding new energy to the side, the Sharks eased towards the finish and in what was a Man of the Match performance, Lukic bagged his third goal in two games, after Jatta’s pace once again blitzed the Houston defense, as he pulled the ball back for the Serbian to beautifully turn and finish astutely and add Corpus’ fourth.
Lukic’s goal cemented a wonderful performance from himself and the team, as now the Sharks boast an almighty 16 goals in three games this year. With the team in unstoppable form, they travel to Bryan this Thursday to face one of the favorites to win the division – Brazos Valley Calvary FC.