CLINTON, Miss. - Sometimes, the ball doesn't bounce your way. That was the case for Mississippi Brilla FC (4-1-1), as the team dropped a 1-0 home decision to Texas United (5-0-3) on Thursday night. The loss was the team's first of the season.
Brilla had an early opportunity to score in the 10th minute of the match. Midfielder Marco Astorga intercepted a wayward Texas United pass and drove towards the top of the box. He played a well-weighted pass to winger Peyton Voelker, but Voelker's strike was saved by the diving goalkeeper.
The team got another great chance in the 30th minute. After a handball in the box was called, the team was awarded a penalty kick. However, winger Jamie DiLuzio's penalty kick was saved by the goalkeeper.
But retribution came by way of Chris Morrish in the 51st minute. Brilla's goalkeeper saved a penalty kick of his own when he dove to his right and made a diving stop of Texas United's shot.
However, the visitors took the lead in the 72nd minute. A cross to the back post was deflected, and the ball eventually ended up inside the six-yard box, where it was put into the back of the net. This goal proved to be the winning score.
Brilla will face Texas United once again on Saturday. This is the second match of the team's three-game homestand. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. from Clinton High School.