Cavalry loses 1-0 decision to Corpus Christi F.C.
BRYAN, Texas -- As the Brazos Valley Cavalry FC returned to Edible Field on Wednesday night after the team’s long road trip to Mississippi, local businesses across the Brazos Valley were celebrated throughout the team’s annual “Like A Boss” night.
The organization had a record-setting night as fans filled the soccer bleachers close to capacity to watch the Cavalry FC fight for its playoff hopes, taking on Corpus Christi FC. Cavalry FC supporters enjoyed $2 Mad Ritas provided by Mad Taco, the largest kids zone in North America and an electric soccer atmosphere.
Cavalry FC’s defense swarmed Corpus Christi FC early as defenseman Connagh Wilks showed relentless hustle, deflecting numerous passes and cutting off Corpus Cristi’s offensive attack. Goalkeeper Michael Mejia had three crucial saves in the first half, holding Corpus Christi to just one goal after 10 shots in the first half.
Cavalry FC’s offense displayed itself early, showing off a continuous attack and nifty passing. Ronaldo Brown dribbled past two defenders early but wasn’t able to connect. Ognijen Stevic and Antoine Recizac wowed the fans in a two-on-one breakaway as Stevic creeped a pass in between two defenders, giving Recizac a good shot opportunity.
At halftime, more than a dozen local businesses across the Brazos Valley were honored for their leadership and contributions to the community. Companies including Jiffy Lube, Aspire Apartment Complex, Rowhouse and 12th Man Technologies walked to midfield and received certificates awards as fans showed their appreciation.
Cavalry FC continued its defensive dominance in the second half as Mejia scooped up every ball in his direction, notching eight more saves and holding Corpus Christi FC scoreless in the second half. Cavalry FC head coach Gareth Glick said he was pleased with Mejia’s performance in not only Wednesday’s game, but the last few matchups.
“Mike has really stepped up,” Glick said. “He made saves when we needed him to make saves, especially late in the game tonight. I wish our offense could’ve offered some more support but Mike played great.”
Offensively, Cavalry FC was able to get good looks, recording five shots on goal, but just wasn’t able to connect. The home team had a flurry of activity late in the second half as a corner kick opportunity had Corpus Christi FC on its toes and Cavalry FC supporters out of their seats.
Cavalry FC was never rewarded for its attack, eventually falling short to Corpus Christi FC in what was a successful night for both the organization and local businesses across the Brazos Valley.
“It was cool to play in front of a large crowd,” Glick said. “I definitely noticed a difference from the sideline and the boys were motivated by it. I hope we gave them something entertaining tonight.”
Cavalry FC will travel to Little Rock on Saturday, June 26 to take on the Little Rock Rangers before returning to Edible Field on Thirsty-Thursday, July 1 with $1 beer & sodas to take on Mississippi Brilla FC.
For tickets and updates on the Cavalry 2021 season, fans are encouraged to call (979) 779-PLAY or visit https://www.bvcavalryfc.com/ To follow all upcoming news and developments for the Brazos Valley Cavalry FC, follow the team on facebook.com/bvcavalryfc, Twitter: @BVCavalryFC and Instagram: @bvcavalryfc.