FC Wichita secured their second Heartland Conference championship in three years with a 3-0 win over Dallas City FC. Wichita also secured first seed heading into playoffs and home field advantage throughout the Heartland Conference playoffs.
“Every match is an opportunity to gain momentum, and we happen to have it.” Head Coach Steve Ralos said.
Wichita dominated from the start, and in the fifth minute, the ball would find the back of the net. James Togbah beat the defender down the line and sent a ball across the box that would locate the head of Diego Serfaty, who delivered a rocket over the goal keeper.
“Just waited for Togbah to cross it, and as soon as it was in the air, I happened to get my head on it and score,” Serfaty said.
After the goal, Wichita continued to press and control the pace of the game. Many opportunities would come for Wichita, but none would find the scoreboard. Heading into the half, it would remain 1-0 in favor of Wichita.
Coming out of halftime the team would continue dominating the pace of the game, but with more creativity in the final third. The unrelenting pressure and attack would prove too much for the backline of Dallas City FC.
In the 55th minute off a tremendous through ball from Deri Corfe, none other than Matt Clare would find a 1v1 with the goalkeeper and put the ball in the net to make it 2-0.
“It comes down to a team effort, and we have to continue what we do best,” Clare said.
Continuing to attack and not give any opportunities to the opponent, Wichita would get on the scoreboard again.
After a deflected ball from the midfield that hit a defender, Togbah would hit a shot that the goalkeeper would save but the ball would find the feet of Felipe Maia who’d bury it deep in the net to make it 3-0.
As the final whistle sounded, it was a team effort to secure the first seed, and every player realized that they trust the process, what Steve Ralos told the team in May.
“Since the beginning, we followed the process, and look at where it took us.” Leo Sosa said.
The team has short rest as the semifinal for the Heartland Conference is Wednesday. The opponent is to be determined.