SAN ANTONIO (May 19, 2014) - Robin Nicholls’ goal in stoppage time in the first half was not only the first goal in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) for the Corinthians FC of San Antonio (CFC SA), but also the start of a comeback as the team won it’s first NPSL game against Liverpool Warriors, 4-2 (1-2), Saturday night.
Head Coach Jon Burklo and his team had the toughest possible start to their NPSL campaign as, despite a couple of early chances, it would be the Liverpool Warriors taking the lead in the 7th minute.
Corinthians kept pressuring the home team throughout the first half, but it would once again be the Warriors who ended up on the scoresheet as Luke Wilson made it a 2-0 game in the 39th minute.
It looked like the Corinthians would leave the first half scoreless as first half stoppage time approached, but Robin Nicholls got one last chance and with only seconds remaining was able to place the ball past the Warriors keeper to head into half-time with Corinthians down 1-2.
“The first 15 minutes weren’t our best, but we managed to settle down and find some rhythm in the game,” said Burklo. “Robin’s goal in stoppage time was crucial. It may have been a much different game had we gone into half time with the score 0-2”
The second half started with a bang as the crowd barely had a chance to get back in their seats before Vincent ‘Vinny’ Bailey tied the game in the 47th minute with a shot from outside the box.
Johnny Lawson and Oliver Funez, substitutes at half-time for Julian Brown and Jorge Elizalde, provided a needed spark off the bench to help Corinthians find their way back into the game and create a number of good chances.
However, the team would not be able to score until the 77th minute when De La Garza placed the ball past the keeper on a pass from Lawson, giving Corinthians a 3-2 lead.
“The subs at halftime did tremendous job for us to help change the game,” explained Burklo. “I thought that everyone that came on the field made a positive impact and coming home with a victory in our NPSL debut is something we will cherish.”
The game would end with Corinthians taking 3 points with a 4-2 victory with the final goal of the contest coming off an unfortunate own goal for the Warriors.
CFC SA goalkeeper Chris Fidler played 90 minutes and had five saves in his NPSL debut,.
Next up for the Corinthians is this year’s home opener against BCS Clash from College Station, TX. The game will be played Friday, May 23rd at Toyota field with kick-off scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Get your tickets today at www.corinthiansfcsa.com
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