LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (June 26, 2021) - The Cavalry fell at War Memorial Stadium on Saturday to the Little Rock Rangers by a 2-1 scoreline.
Cavalry FC scored first on the road for the third time this season, but conceded two quick goals to fall behind for the rest of the night. A few late pushes in the second half couldn’t topple the
deficit, and Cavalry FC suffered their fourth straight defeat this summer.
Jamaican Ronaldo Brown opened the scoring in the 10th min after a squared ball to the top of the six yard box from speedster Antoine Recizac, but the ball from Renan Santos to split three
defenders and put the Frenchman in behind cannot go unmentioned.
The boys from Brazos Valley briefly held onto the lead before Zimbabwe international Nyasha Dube earned a spot kick that teammate Adrian Quintero coveted from 12 yards. Just 60 seconds later, Michael Mejia was forced to make a fantastic reflex save from close range, but Spencer Barber thrashed home the rebound to take the lead for the Rangers.
“Two minutes of going to sleep” was how head coach Gareth Glick described the Cavalry’s defensive mishaps. “There were moments in the first half where we were in control early, and moments where they were, but I would argue the second half we were completely in control of the game.”
Cavalry FC dominated possession in the second 45’ but couldn’t find the shooting chances they were searching for. Frequent through balls from the back line were cut out by the Little Rock defense, and when the ball did get through, the attackers often found themselves offside — five times, to be exact.
The Cavalry FC has had 103 shots this season, but only found the back of the net 17 times, with just four strikes in the last five matches.
“We need to take care of those moments in and around the box, and we need to do a better job taking care of those moments in and around our box,” Glick said. “That’s been a common theme for the year.”
With four games left in the season, the Cavalry FC will have to step it up if they want to keep their playoff hopes alive.
“It’s not a case of us being verun in games, it's a case of small moments in games and it going the wrong way,” Glick said.
The boys from Brazos Valley return to action on Edible Field Thursday, July 1 when the team hosts the Mississippi Brilla FC. Having lost to the Brilla, 1-3, in the reverse fixture, Cavalry FC is looking to implement a home field advantage and get back to winning ways.
Thursday will be the team’s Salute the Troops night, where the Cavalry FC will honor service members of the past, present and future in appreciation of all the troops have done for the local community and beyond. Additionally, Thirsty Thursday will make its return at Edible Field, featuring $1 beer and soda all night long.
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