Forward Madison FC claimed a well-earned point on the road Saturday, holding Greenville Triumph SC to a 0-0 draw. The Triumph had won three games in a row before Saturday, and FMFC can now look forward to three straight home games at Breese Stevens Field.
With the clean sheet, Forward Madison’s defense continued its streak of impressive performances in the latter half of the season. The ‘Mingos have now conceded just two goals in their past five games, and have not let in more than one goal in their past six.
The Flamingos thought they had taken the lead early on in the game, when center back Wyatt Omsberg tucked home a cross from J.C. Banks' left-sided free kick in the 19th minute. As the celebrations ensued, however, the referee pulled it back for an offside call.
FMFC's Brian Sylvestre, who took home his second clean sheet of the season, made his biggest stop in the 29th minute, diving at full extension to push away a long-range shot from Aaron Walker.
Forward Madison nearly converted another chance in the 73rd minute, when substitute Jiro Barriga Toyama turned a shot across his body toward the far post of Greenville's goal. Triumph goalkeeper Dallas Jaye palmed the ball away, which fell to the head of J.C. Banks, who smashed his effort off the crossbar.
With its draw, Forward Madison retains its spot in sixth place in USL League One. The Flamingos sit only two points out of the playoff positions.
Several Forward fans made the trip down to South Carolina for the game, making themselves heard throughout the broadcast on ESPN+.
Forward Madison will return to USL League One action next Saturday as it hosts the Richmond Kickers for the second time in three weeks. The Flamingos now have just seven games left to play in their inaugural regular season.
Greenville Triumph SC: Dallas Jaye; Tyler Polak, Evan Lee (Kevin Politz 64’), Cole Seiler, Maxwell Hemmings; Omar Mohamed, Aaron Walker, Paul Clowes [yellow 18’] (Christopher Bermudez 76’), Dominic Boland (Edmundo Robinson 77’), Carlos Gomez; Jake Keegan
Unused Substitutes: Choi Sang-Ryeong, Miguel Uribe, Travis Ward, Cameron Saul
Forward Madison FC: Brian Sylvestre; Chrsitan “Pato Díaz, Connor Tobin, Wyatt Omsberg, Carter Manley; Eric Leonard, J.C. Banks, Josiel Núñez (Shaun Russell 90+3’); Paulo Júnior (Louis Bennett 84’), Don Smart [yellow 55’], Oliver White [yellow 55’] (Jiro Barriga Toyama 70’)
Unused Substitutes: Ryan Coulter, Zaire Bartley, Ally Hamis Ng’Anzi, Danny Tenorio
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Legacy Early College - Greenville, SC
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