HOUSTON — The Mid-South Division champion Brazos Valley Cavalry put in a thoroughly professional performance on the road against Houston FC, winning 3-0 on Monday.
All three goals came in the first half. The Cavalry, 10-0-2, took the lead on 9 minutes when Christian Clarke played a cross-field ball into the path of Tsubasa Takada and he nodded it into the path of striker Dom Faletto, who managed to lob oncoming goalkeeper Jacob Madden and give the Cavalry the lead.
Cavalry doubled their advantage on 26 minutes when Madden could only clear a ball into the path of Jesse Ortiz and the Cavalry attacking midfielder took a touch before hitting it home into an empty net from 25 yards out.
Cavalry headed into the break with a three-goal lead, after Devin Boyce played a ball left for Takada and the winger beat two men before firing a low left footed effort across goal which nestled in the far corner.
Brazos Valley Cavalry are next in action at 7:30 p.m. Thursday when they host Corpus Christi FC at Travis Field.