FC Wichita scored two goals in the final 10 minutes to beat rival Tulsa Athletic on Saturday night, moving to the top of the table in the Heartland Conference. FC Wichita beat Athletic 3-2.
After multiple chances for either team, it would be Tulsa that would get on the scoreboard first, off a free kick that Declan Fitzpatrick’s head would find on the back post and put Athletic up 1-0 in the 34th minute.
Wichita would respond, and it would be the former Manchester City academy product Deri Corfe who’d find the back of the net off a 1v1 strike from 20 yards out. Corfe is the leading goal scorer on FC Wichita this year after his goal.
Tulsa would take the lead before halftime off another free kick that would find the far post again, this time finished by Tarik Salkicic in the 41st minute to go up 2-1. Heading into halftime, the teams exchanged opportunities and possession, but no more goals would be scored.
It wouldn’t be until the 78th minute when FC Wichita would go up a man, as Jose Navarro found himself sent off with a red card. Tulsa would have to play remainder of the match with with ten men.
It would not take long for Wichita to build up a significant opportunity, and with a free kick in the 82nd minute that would be the chance Wichita needed. James Togbah would line up and he had “Glory in his eyes” according to Johnny Freedom would send the cross to the box which would find the head of Diego Serfaty who put the ball past the goalie and tie the game at 2-2.
Less than three minutes after Serfaty’s goal to tie the game, FC Wichita would take the lead for the first time on the night with another goal from Corfe. This time Corfe would find a one-on-one opportunity from about 18 yards out and rocketed a shot past the keeper. Wichita would go up 3-2 and never look back.
“Team Spirit, that’s the key,” Leo Sosa said.
Corfe finds him his fifth goal of the year and is leading the South Conference with goals on the year.
Tulsa would test goalie Mark Weir in the six minutes of stoppage time that was awarded to them. In stoppage time Tulsa would find an opening in the defense and the striker would launch a shot which looked like it was going in, but Weir decided he wanted to take the three points home and saved it.
“The group made the whole difference, not an individual. It was a battle and everyone did a good job,” Sosa said.
Tulsa falls to 2-2 on the year, while FC Wichita claims the top spot in the division and moves to 3-0-1 with 10 points.
FC Wichita’s next game is June 10th at Ozarks FC in Bentonville, Arkansas at 7:00 p.m. If you aren’t making the journey to Arkansas, come to Jersey’s Bar and Grill for the official watch party.
Next home game is June 14 against Minneapolis FC, a friendly slated for 7:00 p.m.