Corpus Christi FC concluded their three consecutive away days with an emphatic victory over Mississippi Brilla down at the Clinton Arrow Stadium in Mississippi, after four goals in seven minutes within the first half sparked the Sharks’ biggest-ever season win.
From the get-go, CCFC was the dominant team on a glorious evening in The Magnolia State. The Sharks began to apply the high-pressure and despite the early scares from Brilla, it took just 20 minutes for the away side to break the deadlock, after a wonderful ball from Gabriel Quesada played in captain Stanley Smith, who neatly slotted home.
Immediately from Smith’s opener, the full-backs stayed high and the captain continued to pull the strings and just minutes later, Ollie Wright found the space to smash the ball in, giving the Sharks a 2-0 lead in no time.
With the commanding lead already on the board, the men in white were still hungry, and in a Man of the Match-esque performance, Quesada found space at the back post from the corner, to then thump the ball in emphatically, and CCFC now led 3-0, and the game was seemingly out of set sight already.
However, with this killer instinct installed by Dr. Sebastian Giraldo, his men were never going to take the foot off the gas. And, a minute after Quesada’s beautiful strike, Salifu Jatta used his blistering speed to break onto Wright’s slick through ball and the big man up top chopped inside to tuck the ball away and score Corpus Christi’s fourth goal in seven minutes.
The Sharks continued to dominate possession, however, on the break, a beautiful cross was whipped in and tapped home to give Brilla a slight chance in the second 45, as the first half finished 1-4.
The beginning of the second 45 was at large a contrast to the first, with the home side being the team who turned on the style, and, within the first three minutes of the second half, Brilla got one back to make it 2-4.
As time went on, the fresh legs from Brilla continued to trouble the Sharks and Giraldo’s men struggled to adapt. Shortly after, the home side got another back to make it 3-4 and the tensions began to rise for the boys from the Coastal Bend, as their four-goal onslaught in the first 45 was fading away.
However, Dr. Sebastian Giraldo had changes to make of his own, bringing on the super sub, Noah Wagner. And, Wagner lived up to this name, scoring within minutes of coming on, to give the Sharks breathing space and make it 3-5 after a fantastic finish.
After the goal, CCFC was instantly back on top, with Arthur Rogers, in particular, exquisitely pulling everything strings in the center of the field and with Rogers and Wright controlling the game, Wagner’s fresh legs got free once again, and the substitute slotted home his second of the day to give the Sharks their biggest-ever season victory.
It was a memorable and spectacular performance from Corpus Christi FC, who go back to the top of the table, with Brazos Valley Cavalry FC yet to play their third game.
Up next for CCFC is the home tie against league leaders the Cavalry, this Saturday, June 1.