Chattanooga Red Wolves SC defeated Greenville Triumph SC, 3-2, Saturday night at David Stanton Field.
The Re Wolves struck first in the 19th minute as Steven Beattie connected with Amirgy Pineda’s in-swinging corner kick to give the hosts an early lead.
Beattie doubled his tally 20 minutes later, hammering home a loose ball in the penalty area after Greenville failed to clear its lines following a cross.
Following a lengthy rain delay, Jake Keegan pulled a goal back for the visitors in the 52nd minute. Keegan showed his quality to bring down a pass from Dominic Boland and strike a half volley past Chattanooga goalkeeper Alex Mangels.
Keegan completed his brace 10 minutes later, finishing Cameron Saul’s cross on the back post to equalize. The goal was Keegan’s fifth on the season.
Beattie found the back of the net for the third time in the match in the 77th minute. The goal came after Ualefi pinged a header off the crossbar following another Pineda corner kick. Beattie reacted quickly and smashed the rebound into the top corner, connecting on a full volley. The goal was Beattie’s sixth of the season.
HATS OFF: Steven Beattie was excellent in the 3-2 win over Greenville, notching his fourth, fifth, and sixth goals of the season to bring him within one of the league leaders. Saturday’s match was the first time this season that Greenville allowed multiple goals in a match, making Beattie’s hat trick even more impressive.
KEEGAN COMING ON: It was a game of firsts for the Triumph as they also scored multiple goals in a match for the first time this season Saturday night. John Harkes’ side responded well after going down two goals early and having to sit through a 90+ minute weather delay. Keegan leads the league in shots, but has struggled to find the back of the net consistently so far this season. Greenville supporters will hope Keegan’s performance against the Red Wolves is a sign of more good things to come. The Triumph will need Keegan to continue his scoring form as they remain on the road for two more matches before returning home on July 13.
STILL UNBEATEN AT HOME: Saturday’s win keeps the Red Wolves’ unbeaten start to the 2019 season at David Staton Field in tact. Chattanooga improves to 4-0-3 at home this season, outscoring opponents 12-8. The win also makes it three wins in the last four matches for the Red Wolves. That good run of form has moved Chattanooga up to fifth place in the standings, tied on points with fourth place Toronto FC II.
Tormenta FC defeated the Richmond Kickers, 1-0, Saturday night at Erk Russell Park.
Tormenta’s Marco Micaletto scored the game’s only goal from the penalty spot in the 83rd minute after being dragged down in the 18-yard box by Wahab Ackwei. Micaletto converted the penalty, finishing to his left as goalkeeper Akira Fitzgerald dove the opposite way.
Richmond’s Conor Shanosky was sent off after being issued a second yellow card for a late tackle on Tormenta’s Lucas Coutinho in the 87th minute.
TOP OF THE LEAGUE: With Tormenta’s win over Richmond and North Texas’ loss to Madison, South Georgia has overtaken the top spot in the League One standings. Micaletto’s late penalty sealed three points for the hosts to bring their point total to 25 on the season, two ahead of North Texas with both clubs sitting on seven wins.
STILL STREAKING: Saturday’s result extended multiple streaks for the South Georgia side. Tormenta FC have kept a clean sheet for 504 consecutive minutes, earning five straight shutouts. Goalkeeper Pablo Jara didn’t have to work too hard to earn his eighth clean sheet of the season as the Kickers didn’t register a shot on goal in the entire 90 minute period. The win also extends Tormenta’s unbeaten streak to seven matches, with the club’s only loss of the season coming on April 20th.
CAN'T STOP THE SKID: Saturday’s loss pushes Richmond’s winless streak to six matches. The Kickers failed to score a goal for the fourth consecutive match extending the club’s goalless run to 370 minutes. It doesn’t get any easier for Richmond, as they’ll be forced to figure things out on the road when they head to Tennessee to play the red hot Chattanooga Red Wolves next Saturday.
Forward Madison FC defeated North Texas SC, 4-1, Saturday night at Breese Stevens Field.
North Texas’ Ronaldo Damus opened the scoring in the 15th minute, nodding an Arturo Rodriguez corner kick in to score his seventh goal of the season. The assist was Rodriguez's league-leading fifth of the year.
Don Smart drew the hosts level in the 33rd minute, finishing a spilled rebound from a Brandon Eaton shot struck from distance.
Smart completed his brace in the 64th minute, smashing a shot past goalkeeper Carlos Avilez after being played through by Eaton. The goal was Smart’s fifth of the season.
Smart played provider on Madison’s third goal, feeding Josiel Nunez a pass inside the North Texas 18-yard box in the 78th minute. After receiving the pass, Nunez beat his defender and struck a low, left-footed shot past Avilez to score his third goal of the season.
J.C. Banks scored the fourth and final goal in the 84th minute. Banks received a pass from Jeff Michaud, beat his defender, and fired a shot into the far post to score his second goal of the season.
DON HAD A DAY: After falling behind early, Madison forward Don Smart willed his side back into the match. Smart scored two goals to bring his season total to five and added an assist to help Madison to its largest margin of victory this season. With Smart playing catalyst in the attacking end, Madison did well to fight back from a one-goal deficit against the league leaders in front of a crowd of more than 4,000.
SILVER LINING: After Saturday’s 4-1 loss to Madison saw North Texas fall out of the top spot in the League One standings for the first time in almost three months, Eric Quill’s side will want to quickly wipe Saturday night from their memories. Despite the shellacking, Ronaldo Damus’ seventh goal of the season should provide a small silver lining. Damus’ header in the 15th minute at Breese Stevens Field brings him level with teammate Ricardo Pepi for the league lead in goals. Damus has stepped up immensely in Pepi’s absence, scoring four goals in the club’s last two matches. With Pepi signing as a Homegrown Player with FC Dallas earlier this week, more of the goal-scoring burden may fall on Damus' shoulders as the season wears on.
HAPPY AT HOME: With Saturday’s win over North Texas, Madison earned consecutive victories for the first time this season. The Flamingos have looked much better at home than on the road and back-to-back wins at Breese Stevens Field have them right back in the race for a top four spot, just four points behind fourth place Toronto FC II. If Madison wants to remain in the top four conversation, Daryl Shore’s side will have to translate its home form on the road as the Flamingos’ next three matches are away from home.
Lansing Ignite defeated Orlando City B, 2-0, Saturday night at Cooley Law School Stadium.
Nick Moon opened the scoring in the 51st minute, pouncing on a loose ball inside the penalty area before deftly chipping it over the on-rushing goalkeeper. The goal was Moon’s fourth of the season.
Kevin Coiffic doubled the lead in the 68th minute, volleying home a Kevin Carr free kick served from 35 yards out near the left touchline. The goal was Coiffic’s second of the season.
BACK-TO-BACK: Lansing’s wins over Toronto FC II and Orlando City B this week marks the first time this season the Ignite have recorded back-to-back victories. The six-point week moves Lansing into third place in the League One standings and within striking distance of Tormenta FC and North Texas SC.
PROVING HIS WORTH: Goalkeeper Stefan Cleveland earned his fourth clean sheet in seven matches played this season Saturday night against Orlando. The Chicago Fire loanee made three saves on the night, including an impressive diving stop just before halftime to keep the score level heading into the break. Holding midfielders Ivo Cerda and Xavier Gomez helped snuff out much of the danger from midfield, with each playing a central role in limiting Orlando’s attack to just three shots on goal. Lansing has conceded the second-most goals in League One this season with 18, but look to be figuring things out on the defensive end.
BEGINNING TO MESH: Lansing’s attack has looked increasingly more comfortable as each game passes. Moon’s goal in the 51st minute was his third in the month of June and fourth of the season, bringing him into the Golden Boot conversation. Tumi Moshobane and Kevin Carr were also catalysts in the Ignite attack, with Moshobane leading the side in key passes and Carr providing the assist on Coiffic’s wondergoal.
COIFFIC’S QUALITY: Center back Kevin Coiffic showed the quality of a veteran center forward to smash home a volley from Carr’s looping free kick delivery. Coiffic’s stunning volley brings his goal total to two on the season and puts him firmly in pole position to take home Goal of the Week for Week 13.
L L L - Orlando’s loss to Lansing Saturday night was the club’s third in a row. After a promising run of form that saw the Lions win three of four last month, the young squad looks to have slipped back into a previous version of itself. Christopher Osei-Wusu and Thiago Souza once again shined brightest for the visitors, but their efforts went unrewarded and Orlando was shutout for the second consecutive match.