CLINTON, Miss. - Despite late heroics from Orlando Lozano, Mississippi Brilla FC's 2021 season came to an end with a penalty kick loss to Kalamazoo FC. After 120 minutes, the match ended 1-1, but the Michigan-based club was able to win the penalty kick shootout 4-1.
The match began with a flurry of Brilla chances. Luke Bryant, Marco Astorga, and Jalen James each decent opportunities in the first six minutes of action. However, none of their shots were able to pierce the back of the net.
The two teams went into the halftime break scoreless. But after the break, it...
Central Conference Semifinal - Mississippi Brilla FC vs Kalamazoo FC
CLINTON, Miss. - USL League Two playoff soccer returned to Mississippi for the first time since 2017, and the fans did not leave disappointed. Two second-half goals helped Mississippi Brilla FC end a defeat Kings Hammer FC 3-1 and advance to the USL League Two Central Conference Semifinals.
Arturo Astorga opened the scoring in the fifth minute. He picked up the ball on the left wing and played a pass to his brother, Marco. Arturo continued his run, and Marco fed a nice through ball into his path. Arturo then deftly lifted the ball over the keeper for his third...
MISSISSIPPI BRILLA FC VS KINGS HAMMER FC
Arturo Astorga | Midfielder/DefenderEl Paso, Texas | Azusa Pacific University Graduate
Who has been your biggest influence in your faith, and how did they influence you?
“I believe many people have influenced my faith, but I have to thank my mom for influencing me and making me a believer since I was young. My mom is the one that has always made our family believers, and it’s because of her we didn’t get lost and have to discover our faith on our own.”
How does your faith intertwine with your soccer career?
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The USL League Two's announcement also means that Mississippi Brilla FC will get at least one more home game. The last time that the club hosted a playoff game was 2017. The 2017 Brilla team advanced all the way to the USL League Two semifinals. This year's...