Forward Madison wasn't able to capitalize on its chances Saturday night, falling 1-0 to South Georgia Tormenta FC in front of 3,762 boisterous fans at Breese Stevens Field. The loss ends FMFC's record six-game undefeated streak, which had seen the team win two U.S. Open Cup games and rise into playoff position in the USL League One standings.
According to Head Coach Daryl Shore, his team played well, but will rue its missed opportunities.
"I’m not disappointed in the way we played, I’m just disappointed we didn’t get the result or score any goals," Shore said. "I’m proud of my guys. They battled to the end, fought hard and we've just got to move on."
Shore's starting lineup featured several changes from the Flamingos' mid-week U.S. Open Cup win in El Paso, including a first start for winger Zaire Bartley. Shore said that he has had to reach into his squad depth as FMFC works its way through a congested period of its calendar.
“We’ve played a lot of games in a short amount of days, so you can’t keep running your guys ragged," he said.
The Flamingos came close to being the first team on the board soon after kickoff, sending in a shot from a Josiel Núñez free kick that Tormenta goalkeepeer Pablo Jara tipped over the bar. Jara was the USLLeagueOne.com Man of the Match, making five saves to deny FMFC.
Midfielder J.C. Banks created another opportunity in the 19th minute, testing Jaye with a swerving shot from long distance that forced a fingertip save from the goalkeeper. According to Banks, the Flamingos were unlucky to not score.
“It’s frustrating, "Banks said. "We Just didn’t finish our chances. I thought we played well for the most part."
Coming out of halftime, Tormenta FC's resilience paid off with the only goal of the game. In the 50th minute, a corner kick found the head of Tormenta defender Josh Phelps, whose shot was deflected onto the crossbar by FMFC goalkeeper Brian Sylvestre. Unfortunately for the Flamingos, though, Tormenta defender William Conner Antley came up with the rebound and put it in.
For the remaining 40 minutes of the game, FMFC pushed forward, looking to find an equalizer against a sat-back Tormenta defense. Sylvestre kept the Flamingos in the game with a huge one-on-one save in the 80th minute, reaching down to somehow take the ball off Charlie Dennis, who had gotten free on a counter-attack.
Banks again came close to the back of the net in stoppage time, putting his header just wide of the post. In the end, FMFC had to succumb to defeat. According to Banks, the Forward fans, which lead the league in average attendance, deserved more than a loss.
"This is definitely the best place to play in the league and it’s frustrating for us that we didn’t get a win for the fans," he said.
FMFC's next chance to move back into playoff position comes Wednesday, as the team flies to Frisco to take on second-place North Texas SC. The Flamingos are home again on Friday for a special exhibition match with German Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin.
Forward Madison FC
Head Coach: Daryl Shore
Goalkeeper - Brian Sylvestre #92
Defender- Carl Schneider #23 (61’- #11 Paulo Jr)
Defender - Connor Tobin (captain) #13
Defender- Eric Leonard #3
Defender - Christian “Pato” Diaz #27
Midfielder - J.C. Banks #29
Midfielder - Jeff Michaud #8
Midfielder - Josiel Núñez #70
Forward - Jiro Barriga Toyama #77
Forward- Zaire Bartley #17 ( 61’ - #7 Don Smart)
Forward - Mason Toye #9 (84’ - #14 Brian Bement)
GK- Ryan Coulter
D- Shaun Russell #15
M- Brandon Eaton #6
M- Ally Hamis Ng’Anzi #12
M- Paulo Júnior #11
M- Don Smart #7
F- Brian Bement #14
South Georgia Tormenta FC
Head Coach: John Miglarese
Goalkeeper - Pablo Jara #1
Defender- - Jad Arslan #21
Defender - Josh Phelps #5
Defender- Daltyn Knutson #13
Defender- Conner Antley #3 ⚽unassisted
Midfielder - Nil Vinyals #8 YC
Midfielder - Ricardo Gomez #6
Midfielder- Marco Micaletto #10 YC
Midfielder - Lucas Coutinho #22 (79’ - #9 Mikie Rowe)
Midfielder - Charlie Dennis #11
Forward - Alex Morrell #14 (85’- #19 Nick Wells)
GK- Matias Reynares #29
D- Nick Wells #19
M- Pete Pearson #12
M- Dalton Pando #7
M- Mikie Rowe #9
M- Kaleb Jackson #16
F- Yaw Amankwa #17
South Georgia Tormenta FC
50’- Conner Antley
Forward Madison FC
45 + 3’ Connor Tobin
South Georgia Tormenta FC:
90’ Marco Micaletto
90 +1’ Nil Vinyals
Eric Del Rosario
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