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Gameday Reports: Saturday, May 21

By Staff, 05/21/22, 9:45PM EDT


Fuego FC get big win, Charlotte top the table, NCFC triumph over foe

Week 8 of the 2022 USL League One season concluded with Central Valley Fuego FC claiming its largest victory in club history, North Carolina FC taking down Greenville Triumph SC for the first time ever and the Charlotte Independence vaulting to the top of the table in their first season in the league.


STATESBORO, Ga. – The visiting Central Valley Fuego FC (3-1-3, 2nd) dismantled South Georgia Tormenta FC (3-2-2, 4th) 4-0 on Saturday evening at Erk Russell Athletic Park. Continuing its scorching hot start to its first-ever season, Fuego FC have gone unbeaten in six of seven league matches to begin the season.

Victor Falck opened the scoring early, tapping in a low Cherif Dieye cross across the face of the goal before Jordan Chavez headed in a corner kick just five minutes later. Rounding out the first half in Statesboro, Villyan Bijev netted a seven-minute brace to put the match away and confirm the resounding Central Valley victory. Player of the Match

Villyan Bijev (CV) – Bijev notched his second League One brace of the season and confirmed Fuego FC's emphatic victory as the largest in club history.

Scoring Summary
CV – Falck (Dieye) 12' | WATCH
CV– Chavez (Ramos) 17' | WATCH
CV – Bijev (Dieye) 35' | WATCH
CV – Bijev (Schenfeld) 42' | WATCH

Full Box Score

North Carolina FC vs. Greenville Triumph SC

CARY, N.C. – North Carolina FC (3-3-1, 5th) claimed its first-ever win over Greenville Triumph SC (2-3-2, 7th) in a tight 1-0 victory at WakeMed Soccer Park on Saturday night. Rebounding from last week's heartbreaking loss against Tormenta FC, NCFC snaps Triumph SC's three-match unbeaten run in the process.

The match was decided just seven minutes in, as Luis Arriaga tallied his first goal of the season with a low, powerful shot driven in from the edge of the penalty area and served up by Jaden Servania. Despite Triumph SC holding advantages in nearly every offensive statistical category, the visitors were unable to find the breakthrough. Player of the Match

Luis Arriaga (NC) – In addition to scoring his first goal of the season, Arriaga also created a pair of chances, completed 84% of his passes and tallied seven recoveries.

Scoring Summary
NC – Arriaga (Servania) 7' | WATCH

Full Box Score

Forward Madison FC vs. Charlotte independencE

MADISON, Wis. – In their first season in League One, the Charlotte Independence (4-2-2, 1st) now top the table after claiming a 2-1 win over Forward Madison FC (1-3-3, 10th) on the road.

Veteran Colombian forward Iván Luquetta headed in his second goal of the season to open the scoring following a perfect cross into the box from Koa Santos in the 7th minute. The second half featured a remarkable goal from both Charlotte's Quinn McNeill and Madison's Nazeem Bartman, but that early goal from Luquetta would prove to be the difference in the end. Player of the Match

Koa Santos (CLT) – Along with his perfect assist on Luquetta's score, Santos tallied five recoveries, three clearances, and a pair of interceptions.

Scoring Summary
CLT – Luquetta (Santos) 7' | WATCH
CLT – McNeill (Dimick) 60' | WATCH
MAD – Bartman (Rad) 76' | WATCH

Full Box Score

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