Greenville Triumph defeats Charlotte Independence, 2-0

Greenville Triumph defeats Charlotte Independence, 2-0

Greenville Triumph Soccer Club continued their rise in the USL League One standings, knocking out top-seeded Charlotte Independence 2-0 on Saturday night. Greenville’s home win was the club’s second league multi-goal effort this season and sent Triumph level for first place. Triumph started the game with deliberate possession from the first whistle, threatening Charlotte with attacking vigor early on. Although Greenville couldn’t find the net in the first half, they controlled the pace of play and kept the visiting Independence looking for offensive opportunities. Back on the pitch for the second half, Greenville stepped up their attack with new legs on the bench. , bringing in fast forward Venton Evans. Just eight minutes before half-time, a cross from winger Jesus Ibarra hit Evans’s head in the box for the first Triumph goal of the night. “The goal was to come in and change the game,” Evans said. “We have to keep climbing up the standings, so I just went in there with the mindset to get to the goal and it worked out for us tonight.” The post was brilliantly denied by Triumph keeper Paul Christensen. Greenville called off the game in the 78th minute after Charlotte conceded a foul in the penalty area to hand Greenville a penalty. Veteran leader Don Smart buried his attempt in front of the Charlotte keeper to double Greenville’s lead. Triumph SC would not look back, controlling the game for the remaining 12 minutes and stoppage time to seal the clean sheet and a crucial win against one of League One’s top clubs. The Greenville Triumph will be looking to keep the momentum going as they head into a tough two-game road trip against forward Madison and defending champion Union Omaha. The club returns home on Saturday, June 25 to battle the northern Colorado hailstorm.

Greenville Triumph Soccer Club continued their rise in the USL League One standings, knocking out top-seeded Charlotte Independence 2-0 on Saturday night. Greenville’s home win was the club’s second league multi-goal effort this season and sent Triumph level for first place.

Triumph started the game with deliberate possession from the first whistle, threatening Charlotte with attacking vigor early on. Although Greenville couldn’t find the net in the first half, they controlled the pace of play and kept the visiting Independence looking for offensive opportunities.

Back on the pitch for the second half, Greenville stepped up their attack with fresh legs off the bench, calling on fast striker Venton Evans. Just eight minutes before half-time, a cross from winger Jesus Ibarra hit Evans’s head in the box for the first Triumph goal of the night.

“The goal was to step in and change the game,” Evans said. “We have to keep climbing up the standings, so I just went in there with the mindset to get to the goal and it worked for us tonight.”

Charlotte’s best chance for an equalizer came in the 68eminute, when an attempted kick to the far post was brilliantly denied by Triumph keeper Paul Christensen. Greenville put the game aside in the 78eminute after Charlotte conceded a foul in the penalty area to hand Greenville a penalty. Veteran leader Don Smart buried his attempt in front of the Charlotte keeper to double Greenville’s lead. Triumph SC would not look back, controlling the game for the remaining 12 minutes and stoppage time to seal the clean sheet and a crucial win against one of League One’s top clubs.

The Greenville Triumph will be looking to keep the momentum going as they head into a tough two-game road trip against forward Madison and defending champion Union Omaha. The Club returns home on Saturday June 25eto deal with the northern Colorado hailstorm.

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