A first-half own goal was enough for Forward Madison FC Sunday afternoon at Breese Stevens Field as the Flamingos defeated North Texas SC, 1-0, in their final home match of the season.
Forward Madison opened the scoring in the 24th minute following a J.C. Banks corner kick. Banks’ delivery reached Connor Tobin at the near post and the center back did well to turn it goalwards. Danny Tenorio got a foot on the ball inside the six-yard box, but it ultimately found the back of the net off of North Texas’ Jorge Almaguer. The own goal was enough for the Flamingos to take all three points at home.
Goalkeeper Brian Sylvestre was called into action immediately following the goal; first coming off his line quickly to deny Bryan Reynolds who was through on goal, then diving to his left at full stretch to tip Arturo Rodriguez’s curling effort over the bar. The first-half saves were the only two Sylvetre was required to make in the match as he earned his fifth clean sheet of the season.
North Texas looked to have equalized in the 93rd minute, but Rodriguez’s goal was disallowed for offside.
Forward Madison is now the only team in League One to beat North Texas twice, handing the league-leaders two losses at Breese Stevens Field. Sunday’s victory moves the Flamingos closer to clinching a place in the League One playoffs, giving them a three-point advantage over fifth-place Chattanooga Red Wolves SC. Madison’s win also eliminates the Richmond Kickers and Toronto FC II from playoff contention.
The Flamingos will look to clinch a playoff place next weekend when they travel to Arizona to take on FC Tucson. North Texas, who clinched first place in League One last weekend, will travel to Tucson to play its final match of the regular season on October 4th after a bye in Week 27.