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Huntsville City FC Earns 1-1 Draw in Home Opener against Orlando City B

March 22, 2024 - MLS NEXT Pro (MLS NEXT Pro)
Huntsville City Football Club News Release


Huntsville, Ala. - Huntsville City Football Club recorded its second result of the season with a 1-1 draw against Orlando City B in its home opener at Wicks Family Field at Joe Davis Stadium. Orlando earned the extra point in a 4-3 shootout win.

 Huntsville got the scoring started in the 26th minute when Brennan Creek's cross from a corner found Joel Sangwa's head, who knocked the ball into the net for a 1-0 lead.

Orlando equalized in the 35th minute through Justin Ellis. The match finished tied 1-1, and Orlando earned the extra point with a 4-3 shoot-out win.

Huntsville City FC will be back in action next Saturday, March 30 at 7 p.m. CT against Columbus Crew 2 at the Wicks Family Field at Joe Davis Stadium. Tickets for the match can be purchased here.    

Notes:   

Huntsville City   

has scored in all but one match at Wicks Family Field at Joe Davis Stadium all-time

is unbeaten all-time in home openers

Alexis Cerritos made his Huntsville City FC and MLS NEXT Pro debut

Scott Cheevers, Brennan Creek, and Maximus Ekk made their first Huntsville City FC and MLS NEXT Pro starts

Brennan Creek recorded his first assist of the season

Isaiah Johnston served as team captain for the second time this season

Joel Sangwa scored his first goal of the season     Box Score:   

Huntsville City FC (0W-0L-2D, 0SOW, 2 pts.) vs. Orlando City B (1W-0L-1D, 1SOW, 5 pts.)   

Wicks Family Field at Joe Davis Stadium | Huntsville, Ala.          Final Score:      

HCFC: 1     

ORL B: 1

Orlando earns extra point with 4-3 shootout win 

Scoring Summary:

HCFC: Joel Sangwa (A: Brennan Creek) 26'

ORL B: Justin Ellis 35'        Discipline:  

ORL B: Yutaro Tsukada (caution) 35'

HCFC: Forster Ajago (caution) 45+2'

HCFC: Scott Cheevers (caution) 59'

HCFC: Adem Sipić (caution) 64'

ORL B: Justin Ellis (caution) 65'

HCFC: Ollie Wright (caution) 90'

Lineups:  

HCFC Starters: Ben Martino, Fernando Ciceron, Joel Sangwa, Scott Cheevers, Isaiah Jones, Brennan Creek, Izzy Johnston (C), Jony Bolaños (Alexis Cerritos 66'), Adem Sipić, Maximus Ekk (Ollie Wright 56'), Forster Ajago (Alejandro Velazquez-Lopez 84')         Substitutes: Simon Jillson, Jacob Grekowicz, Ashton Flowers, Sergi Oriol, Dominic Wilson        

ORL B Starters: Jose Carlos Mercado, Tahir Reid-Brown, Manuel Cocca, Nabilai Absolom Kibunguchy, Zakaria Taifi, Imanol Almaguer, Colin Gueske, Yutaro Tsukada, John Jairo Solis Velez (Jackson Platts 84'), Thomas Bowe, Justin Ellis (Majed Abdullah 78')         Substitutes: Timothy Jeffreys, Diego Pareja

Attendance: 4,072


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