North Texas SC Defeats South Georgia Tormenta FC 2-1 to Finish Third in USL League One
North Texas earned four wins and four draws in its first season at Globe Life Park, becoming the only team in League One to remain undefeated at home over the 2020 campaign.
Arlington, Texas (Oct. 24, 2020) - North Texas SC defeated South Georgia Tormenta FC 2-1 thanks to goals from Nicky Hernandez and Eddie Munjoma at Globe Life Park in its final match of the season.
5' - Thomas Roberts left-footed strike near the edge of the box goes wide left of the Tormenta goal.
39' - Nicky Hernandez attempted a strike inside the box and Tormenta's Pablo Jara is able to punch it out for a corner kick.
45' + 3' - Tormenta scored the first goal of the match through Nil Vinyals whose free kick has enough power to get over the wall and past Carlos Avilez dive.
47' - Eddie Munjoma sets up Nicky Hernandez in the box, whose low driven shot had enough power to get past Tormenta's Pablo Jara to tie the match up.
52' - Eddie Munjoma was put through on goal but sent it wide of the Tormenta goal.
60' - Arturo Rodriguez header hits the side netting of Tormenta's goal, following a cross from Thomas Roberts.
90' + 6' - Nkosi Burgess sets up Eddie Munjoma in the box who slots it to the right of Tormentas' goalkeeper to give North Texas SC the lead.
North Texas SC - Carlos Avilez, Derek Waldeck (Gibran Rayo - 68'), Nkosi Burgess, Kevin Bonilla, Justin Che (Alisson Dos Santos - 77'), Edwin Cerrillo, Nicky Hernandez, Thomas Roberts (Imanol Almaguer - 89'); Arturo Rodriguez, Alex Bruce (Collin Smith - 77'), Eddie Munjoma.
Substitutes not used - Luis Zamudio, David Rodriguez, Beni Redzic.
Tormenta FC - Pablo Jara; Stefan Muells, Jordan Skelton, Curtis Thorn, Lars Eckenrode, Nil Vinyals (Tristan De Loach - 66'); Abuchi Obinwa, Ricardo Gomez (Rhys Williams - 66'), Luca Mayr-FÃ¤lten (Lucas Coutinho - 77'), Joshua Phelps (Marco Micaletto - 51'), Jad Arslan (Devyn Jambga - 77')
Substitutes not used - Paul Lewis, Daniel Jackson.
TRM: Nil Vinyals - 45' + 3'
NTX: Nicky Hernandez (Eddie Munjoma) - 47'
NTX: Eddie Munjoma (Nkosi Burgess) - 90+6'
TRM: Marco Micaletto (Caution) - 90'
NTX: Nkosi Burgess (Caution) - 90' + 6'
NTX: Eddie Munjoma (Caution) - 90' + 8'
Weather: Mostly Cloudy, 51â
Referee: Matthew Corrigan
Assistant Referees: Tiffani Turpin, Jennifer Garner
4th Official: Hector Hernandez
North Texas SC Head Coach Eric Quill
General thoughts on the match...
"We were the better side, we created some really good stuff. Throughout the entire game it felt like it. We conceded a foul and that's how I felt like they were going to hurt us. We were intense with each other at half time and the guys responded with two goals off the bat. A brotherhood took place and the guys willed another last-minute goal. We've scored classy goals for the past few weeks. Eddie Munjoma and Nicky Hernandez were a part of two classy goals again."
On making changes throughout the second half...
"We couldn't find the second goal of the match, so we had to throw Nkosi [Burgess] at the nine position again to help us find a late goal. It worked again just like it did in the last game."
On the emotions after the final whistle...
"I'm just gutted that all that work and joyous celebration wasn't to be. Over the last 10 games, you can't argue that there's a better side in the league. So, it's just unfortunate that we didn't make it. It's very fortunate for Greenville and Omaha that we didn't make it. I love this group right now. We were hitting our stride big time; and I'm sad it's over."
North Texas SC and FC Dallas Midfielder Thomas Roberts
General thoughts on the match...
"In the first 20 minutes we came out a little slow and then we were picking it up and we were going at it. We picked up a silly foul and gave up a goal right before half time. There were a lot of emotions at half time. I knew from the back of my head that we would win tonight."
On the team's feeling from the last game...
"It was a complete mood swing, it was wishy washy. In the past five games in the locker room, I've realized that North Texas SC is a big family. I think we knew we were going to win tonight. It would have felt better if we didn't have to score in the last minutes."
On playing alongside with childhood friends...
"I grew up playing with most of the guys and it's cool. It's nice to see the younger guys coming up like [Justin] Che and Beni [Redzic]. I now feel like I try to take on the role of being a role model for them."
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