FC Wichita came out strong and never relinquished the lead against Ozarks FC with a dominating 5-2 win. Wichita improves to 4-0-1 on the year while Ozarks FC still hasn’t received a point yet.
“I didn’t have to tell them much, they know the importance of every game.” Larry Inlow said.
Wichita came to Siloam Springs with three points on their minds after a scare in Wichita where the result was in jeopardy. From the kick, Wichita controlled the pace of the game and possession with multiple early opportunities through the first ten minutes. Ozarks FC keeper had to make several tips over the bar to keep it scoreless through ten minutes.
It was a matter of time before the ball found the back of the net for Wichita, and it happened to come off a corner kick in the 15th minute by Leo Sosa. Sosa ran near post and flicked the ball into the back of the net just over the keeper to put Wichita up 1-0.
Using that momentum from Sosa’s goal, Wichita applied pressure immediately and got an attacking throw in. The resulting throw would find Matt Clare’s foot, who was unguarded about 35 yards from goal. Clare then took one touch and launched a missile that soared into the upper 90. Wichita went up 2-0 in the 16th minute.
“The space kinda opened up and you try to look for that pocket of space to get in. If it opens up to hit it, never bad shot when you’re trying to score a goal. Fortunately, it went in,” Matt Clare said.
The game would get interesting less than ten minutes later when an errant back pass from Clare to Sosa would be intercepted by Matheus Alves who put the breakaway in the back of the net with a chip over Mark Weir to make it 2-1 in the 25th.
Wichita would respond quickly with a counter goal from Deri Corfe to make it 3-1 in the 26th minute. Corfe would win the ball from an Ozark FC player and take a shot that found the back of the net for his sixth goal this year. Corfe is the leading goal scorer in the Southern Conference.
“Feels good, couldn’t have done it without my teammates,” Corfe said.
Just before halftime, Wichita would find another but this time from Luca Anelli in the 44th minute. Anelli would locate the back of the net after a beautiful run and a powerful finish to put Wichita up 4-1 at the half way mark.
Ozarks would get on the board in the second half to put some pressure on Wichita in the 66th minute. Alves would find glory with a 25-yard strike that found the back of the net to make it 4-2.
After some pressure from Ozarks FC, who came out of the half energized and looking to capture a point at home it’d be the opportunistic Daniel Cordero to put the game out of reach at 5-2 in the 79th minute. Cordero waited for a weak pass back from the Ozark FC defense and pick-pocketed it, and toe-poked it into the back of the net.
As the final whistle sounded, Wichita would emerge victoriously and have a three point lead over Little Rock in the division. Ozarks still has yet to register a point on the year and remains in sixth place.
Next up for Wichita is a friendly on Wednesday at Stryker Soccer Complex against Minneapolis SC at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are available at Fcwichita.com or by visiting the box office starting at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday.