Tormenta FC Upended by Toronto FC II
STATESBORO, Ga. - South Georgia Tormenta FC made a passionate effort to come back tonight from Toronto FC II's two-goal lead, but was beaten 1-2 at Erk Russell Park. Former Tormenta FC 2 standout Rodney Michael proved the path to pro is strong at this organization, making his debut start for the club and scoring his first professional goal to steal Toronto's clean sheet.
Luca Mayr-Fälten worked hard tonight, recording two shots on target and capitalizing off of Toronto's mistakes. The Austrian mastermind took several corners and a free kick in the 30th minute that went off target.
In the 37th minute, Mayr-Fälten claimed another corner kick that missed its mark, but the boys persisted to keep it inside the box, and Lars Eckenrode nearly scored Tormenta's first goal of the night, but it was called offside. Azaad Liadi also nearly scored with a dangerous curler moments later, but Toronto's keeper saved it with his fingertips.
Michael impressed the coaching staff tonight and earned the Man of the Match title, presented by Galactic Comics and Games. The Sierra Leone talent used his head to put Tormenta FC on the board in the 76th off a cross from Mayr-Fälten.
The Statesboro side turns around to host North Carolina FC for the first time this season on Saturday, July 3, at 8 p.m. ET in Erk Russell Park. This Saturday is Community Heroes Night, and Tormenta FC is offering free admittance to the match for all first responders with ID. Fans should purchase their tickets, including half-season plans or quarter-season plans, in advance.
Post-Game Match Report:
Starting Lineup: Jara, O'Callaghan, Phelps, Eckenrode, Thorn, Somersall, Obinwa, Mayr-Fälten, Micaletto, Liadi
Scoring Summary: 1-2
45': TOR - Noble Okello
55': TOR - Antonio Carlini
76': TRM - Rodney Michael
59': TOR - Nyal Higgins for Kevin Politz
65': TRM - Kobe Perez for Abuchi Obinwa
65': TRM - Stefan Mueller for Curtis Thorn
78': TRM - Kristo Strickler for Azaad Liadi
78': TRM - Craig McCall for Raheem Somersall
78': TOR - Dante Campbell for Mehdi Essoussi
78': TOR - Kosi Thompson for Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty
86': TOR - Themi Antonoglou for Antonio Carlini
33': TOR - Carlini
60': TOR - Higgins
63': TRM - Liadi
65': TRM - Mayr-Fälten
90+': TOR - Nelson
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South Georgia Tormenta FC forward Rodney Michael vs. Toronto FC II
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