MATCHWEEK 6 REVIEW:
Brusa FC Send a Reminder to Santa Fe Gloom And The Rest of the Southwest Conference
Brusa FC 6-3 Santa Fe Gloom
BRUSA FC returned to the NFPL court for the first time this season and reminded everybody how and why they won the division last season, winning 6-3 comfortably against hot newcomers Santa Fe Gloom.
Although The Gloom were without Nick Cashmere and Hector Castañeda, they still sent a strong starting lineup and a deep bench of 5 subs to take on Brusa FC in Arizona. On the other side of the court, BRUSA brought back familiar faces such as Micah Vasey, Kaue Martins, and Christian Lima.
The game started at a frenetic pace, with the visitors missing a dangerous ball across the goal by mere inches just a minute in. However, the home side would score first through a well-worked set play as Vasey combined with Lima to find Martins, who was able to turn his defender and finish from close range. The Gloom would respond about 5 minutes later, taking advantage of a loose touch from BRUSA. Francis Guzman gathered the ball first and put his quick feet on display once more this season, making room for an unerring finish into the far corner to tie the game at 1-1.
After that, it was all BRUSA. Another set play from the sideline gave Martins a tap-in at the back post to take a 2-1 lead, and a few minutes after it was 3-1 from yet another set piece as Miquel Llinas fired an arrow into the far post from the sideline.
Morales did well to save a penalty from Lima with just a few minutes left in the half, although another penalty save just a minute later was too much to ask as Lima scored from the spot.
Santa Fe would get the final goal of the half, with Yeremi Valdez shooting through a crowd of BRUSA players. His shot was deflected, wrongfooting the goalkeeper and rolling agonizingly into the back of the net as the two teams went into halftime with the home side in the lead 4-2.
After the halftime break, two quick goals from BRUSA and stout defending would seal the win. Karim Moyano scored just 20 seconds in, and Micah Vasey got an unassisted goal that his performance deserved before the 18-minute mark as BRUSA went up 6-2. Santa Fe's response came just past the halfway point of the second half through Jim Guzman, but BRUSA were able to hold onto their lead and collect all 3 points.
A LOOK AT THE TABLE AFTER MATCHWEEK 7:
BRUSA FC have sent a message to the rest of the Southwest. Who will compete at the top? Plenty to play for!
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