North Carolina FC ends Greenville Triumph’s three game unbeaten streak :: WRALSportsFan.com
Cary, North Carolina – North Carolina FC ended Greenville Triumph SC’s three-game unbeaten streak on Saturday night, beating regional rivals, 1-0, thanks to an early goal from midfielder Luis Arriaga. The goal was Arriaga’s first in the regular season, with Jaden Servania securing the assist. Nick Holliday recorded his second regular season appearance between the posts in tonight’s game, collecting his first professional clean sheet.
“I think it’s the most complete performance we’ve had so far this year,” head coach John Bradford said after the game. “In previous games we’ve found a way to have a moment where we lose focus or lose focus or whatever as the game goes on, but you felt like the group tonight …that they were going to make sure they saw getting three points.
“I’m really happy to get my first professional clean sheet,” Holliday said of the game. “It was a big effort from the guys, we stuck to our game plan and it paid off. All in all, I’m really excited and grateful.
Arriaga scored the contest’s only goal, and the goal-scoring game began when a foul from clearance by a Triumph defender fell at the feet of Servania just outside the six. Looking for a shot on goal, Servania instead sent a pass to Arriaga, whose first touch was a line drive in the lower 90s to give the North Carolina team the 1-0 advantage at the 8th minute. Arriaga’s goal was his first of the regular season and determined the outcome of the game, with the NCFC defense keeping score for the rest of the game.
North Carolina FC will play their third straight home game against the Richmond Kickers on Saturday, May 28 at WakeMed Soccer Park at 7 p.m. ET. Tickets are available here, and the game will be available to stream on ESPN+.
The score of the box:
NCFC (4-4-2): Nicholas Holliday, Christian Lue Young, Jordan Skelton©, Britton Fischer, Nelson Flores Blanco, Raheem Somersall, Luis Arriaga, Jaden Servania (Gustavo Fernandes – 84′), Nelson Martinez, Garrett McLaughlin (Max Flick – 90+3′), Oalex Anderson (Cole Frame – 75′)
Unused subtitles: Will Pulisic, Drew Kerr, Nicolas Rincon, Showkat Tahir
GVL (4-4-2): Paul Christensen, Tyler Polak, Evan Lee, Brandon Fricke, Nate Shultz (Jimmy Filerman – 66′), Allen Gavilanes, Aaron Walker, Don Smart (Venton Evans – 46′), Lucas Coutinho, Jesus Ibarra (Jacob Labovitz – 81′), Jake Keegan
Unused subtitles: Ben Hale, Jimmy Filerman, Peter Pearson, Miles Felton, Alex Cox-Ashwood, Venton Evans, Jacob Labovitz
CNFC: Luis Arriaga (Jaden Servania) – 8′
NCFC: Luis Arriaga – 62′, Nelson Martinez – 74′, Garrett McLaughlin – 90+3′, Nelson Flores Blanco – 90+6′
GVL: Don Smart – 35′