Greenville, SC - The Greenville Triumph Soccer Club hopes to build on a dominant 3-0 win over Toronto as they welcome the Chattanooga Red Wolves to Triumph Stadium on Saturday, September 11 at 7:00 PM, presented by Greenville Heritage Federal Credit Union. The match has been designated Heroes Night, celebrating Upstate Military, first responders + their families on the 20th anniversary of 9/11.
Attacking Breakthrough: Last week, we wrote about a Triumph attack that seemed on the verge of breaking out of their slump after a few promising halves. Boy, did they ever. Greenville went right at Toronto from the start last weekend, with a fervent pace from the start that saw JJ Donnelly and Aaron Walker score goals in the opening ten minutes of the match. Walker added a third in the second half, capping a 3-0 win that showed flashes of Greenville's early season form. GTSC faces a tough test this weekend against a Chattanooga team allowing the second-fewest goals in the league this season, but a renewed confidence in the Triumph attack should make for a spectacular match.
Reinforcements: Greenville is hopefully beginning to create some lineup continuity, with a number of players returning from injury across the last few weeks. Even though the club is still without 2020 standouts Lachlan McLean and Noah Pilato, John Harkes' bench had a number of attacking options on the bench last week against to Toronto. As they enter the final quarter of the season, Greenville should be better able to combat tired legs and avoid second half fades, which will be crucial as they push to solidify their spot in the playoff picture.
Lachlan McLean (F): OUT, Noah Pilato (M): OUT, Will Mejia (D): OUT
Defender Evan Lee will be away from the team this weekend, but is expected to rejoin the club ahead of next week's match against Tucson.
League One Standings: Greenville's win on 9/3 moved them back above the playoff cut line, as they sit in third place with 27 points heading in to Week 23.