The Red Wolves arecoming off of a 1-0 road loss against Greenville Triumph SC (2-1-0).Triumph's Jake Keeganfound the net in the 74th minutescoring his second goal of the season.
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Can Tormentas offensive improvements finally translate into goals? As the team rallies around their injured teammate, Tormenta will need a better showing than in recent matches in order to stay in a top four spot. Coming up against Chattanooga keeper Alex Mangels, the league leader in saves, it wont be easy for them. Theyve been able to get shots off, but accuracy must improve if they are to see success in the attack.
The remaining eight opponents on the schedule have an average position in the standings of 4.5. Since Week 13, a single win came from league punching bag Orlando City B, who have since been the first team eliminated from playoff contention back in Week 20. As Tormenta tries to turn its form around, it faces a true test of playoff worthiness. The past two months havent been forgiving for South Georgia. Strong performances in these last games will prove that Tormenta really does have one of the four best squads in League One, and a hot streak going into a quick playoff would be almost crucial.
Another player who will strengthen Tormenta FC 2s backline is Curtis Thorn. On top of his time at Solent University, Thorn spent three years playing with Fulham FCs youth squad. Thorn is a Nova Southeastern masters student who attended Solent University in his hometown of Southampton, England. Adding to his useful international experience, Thorn played for NPSL side New Orleans Jesters where he was named Team MVP last season.
Tormenta was the better team for most of the match with several big chances from loanee Shinya Kadono and a goal from Lucas Coutinho in the 67th, but Chattanooga capitalized on Tormentas few mistakes, defeating the home team 2-1. Tormenta FC battled Chattanooga Red Wolves tonight for the second time this season after a postponed match on June 8 and a road loss on April 20.
Luca Mayr was sorely missed in the midfield for Twomenta, as they fought back to grab a 1-1 draw, a change from the 3 and 4 goal wins that had become routine. A missed opportunity was felt by the League Two side as well the next day against fellow Georgia opponent Dalton Red Wolves. Everything was set up for a first-vs-second showdown Friday night in Columbia, until thunderstorms throughout the region decided to ruin the fun and keep fans waiting until Tuesday, when SC United visits Statesboro instead. This draw opened the door for a familiar opponent, SC United, to take the top spot in the Deep South Division with their 5th win in 5 games.
The league office has flown in Lucass parents from Brazil, and has Senior Vice President Steven Short in town as well. Teams and supporters groups have expressed their thoughts and well wishes to the player, his family, and his teammates. One message came from Marcelo Cirino, a player for Athletico Paranaense in Brazils Serie A, who offered words of support for his fellow countryman. Since Saturday, Coutinho and Tormenta have been shown immense support both from the league and even around the world.
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Mayr has previous experience with SV Ried, an Austrian professional club in the Erste Liga and made 19 appearances for Austrias Youth National Team, scoring 4 goals. Luca Mayr is from Steyr, Austria and a recent graduate of the University of South Carolina. He also managed to score against Tormenta FCs League One side in a preseason matchup against USC.