BRYAN-COLLEGE STATION, Texas (June 17, 2021) — The Brazos Valley Cavalry FC fell 3-1 to the Texas United FC in a competitive game not fully shown by the final score.
Thursday’s loss marked the first time the Cavalry have ever fallen to the Texans in league play. A back-and-forth through the first 70 minutes wasn’t enough to stop the eventual offensive prowess showcased by Texas United. Throughout the game, fans in attendance were treated to $1 beers and soda, courtesy of the Cavalry FC’s Thirsty Thursday.
The Texans scored their first goal against the Cavalry FC this season in the 26th minute. A hard push up the middle forced Brazos Valley goalkeeper Michael Mejia to make a beautiful diving save, but Texas United forward Papa Ndoye was in perfect position to chip in the deflection.
Cavalry FC’s Emanuel Santos knotted things back at one in the 64th minute. After breaking free of all defenders with the help of midfielder Renan Santos, Santos broke free of all opposing defenders, forcing a one-on-one with the Texas United goalie, ultimately placing the ball into the lower left corner of the net.
The center forward is now tied for most team goals this season, with five.
Wanting to take back the lead, the Texans made a full-field cross in the 68th minute. Capitalizing on the ensuing confusion, Texas United FC found the top shelf for the second time of the night to score. Just three minutes later, the team tripled its lead with a close-range grounder, setting the new score at 1-3 in favor of the Texans.
Cavalry FC head coach Gareth Glick said it was a competitive game throughout, ultimately decided by this quick two-goal offensive attack by Texas United.
“It all came down to those transition moments,” Glick said. “That five-to-ten minute spell in the second half did it.”
The remaining 18 minutes finished scorelessly.
Both teams played aggressively throughout the night, with the two sides coming together to draw five cautions. This led the Cavalry FC to take nine shots while recording three corner kicks.
After Thursday’s loss, the Brazos Valley Cavalry FC falls to a 2-2-3 record on the season, and Texas United FC climbs to 3-4-1. Brazos Valley now holds an all-time record of 5-1-1 over the Texans since the two teams were founded in 2017.
The red and black will next hit the pitch on Saturday, June 19 when the team travels to Clinton, MI to face off against the Mississippi Brilla FC for the first time this season. The Cavalry FC will then return to Edible Field on Wednesday, June 23 in the next celebration of Margaritaville Wednesday featuring $2 Mad Ritas from Mad Taco.
Glick said the team does not have time to focus on Thursday’s loss, instead
“In this league, everything comes quick,” Glick said. “We’ve got to turn around in 48 hours and go again. It is what it is.”
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