Forward Madison's Late Comeback Not Enough in Loss to Orlando City B
Forward Madison fell to a defeat on the road Friday night despite mounting a late rally, losing 2-1 to Orlando City B in Montverde, Fla. FMFC striker Brian Bement pulled back a beautiful chipped goal in the 89th minute, but the Flamingos couldn't find the equalizer.
Orlando's Rafael Santos opened the scoring in the 23rd minute after a Forward Madison turnover in its defensive third. Thiago Souza forced the turnover and played Santos, who picked up the pass and drove towards goal before firing a long-range shot into the top corner, beating goalkeeper Brian Sylvestre.
Madison's J.C. Banks nearly tied the game in the 40th minute with a stunning bicycle kick attempt, but was denied the goal of a lifetime when the shot clattered off the crossbar.
Souza doubled the advantage for the hosts in the 63rd minute, capping of a lethal counterattack following a Forward Madison free kick from just outside Orlando's penalty area. After a poor serve from the set piece, Orlando's Serginho clipped a ball in behind the Madison defense. Souza ran onto the pass, beat his defender, and curled a right-footed shot past Sylvestre to score his third goal of the season.
Bement got his goal by capping off a good piece of play by Madison in the 89th minute, shrugging off his defender and cheekily clipping the ball over onrushing Orlando goalkeeper Christian Herrera to cut the deficit in half.
Forward Madison returns to USL League One play on Saturday, June 15, taking on FC Tucson at Breese Stevens Field. Tickets to the game are available at https://www.forwardmadisonfc.com/tickets.
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