CLINTON, Miss. - A couple of weeks ago, Mississippi Brilla FC lost its first game of the season to Texas United. Due to that defeat, the team came into tonight's rematch with a sense of retribution. They would not leave the match disappointed. After falling behind in the first-half, Brilla was able to fight back and defeat Texas United 2-1 tonight at Clinton High School.
The Texans opened the scoring in the 35th minute from the foot of Pol Monells. Monells hit a 25-yard free kick past the outstretched hands of Alejandro Chavarria to give his team the advantage. It was a bit of deja vu, as Monells scored the game-winning free kick in the teams' previous meeting.
However, Brilla equalized the match in first-half stoppage time. Luke Bryant was fouled, and David Medeiros stepped up to take the ensuing free kick. He curled a fantastic ball into the box, and Orlando Lozano rose above everyone to head the ball into the corner. It was almost a carbon copy of Brilla's opening goal of the season against Round Rock SC, where Medeiros assisted Lozano's goal in a similar fashion.
The winning goal in the match came in the 63rd minute. Jamie DiLuzio played a well-weighted cross into the path of substitute Adrian Morales. Morales redirected the ball into the path of Ciro Damine, who one-timed it into the goal. The goal was the Argentine's sixth of the season, giving him the team lead.
After a late red card from Texas United's Karim Diao, Brilla was able to see the game out. The win was Brilla's second consecutive victory at home, and the team moved to a record of 6-1-2 this season.
Brilla will hit the road next week to face Houston FC on Tuesday night. Kickoff will be at 7:00 p.m.