It was a tale that’s become all too familiar for Forward Madison FC. For the second time in as many matches, the Flamingos blew a late lead in the final minutes, this time for a 1-1 draw against North Texas SC Saturday night at Breese Stevens Field. “I think the call was poor anyway. We won the ball fair and square,” FMFC head coach Carl Craig said of a decisive foul called on Flamingos forward Ryan Sierakowski’s tackle attempt. The newly acquired Sierakowski said the call was tough but that the Flamingos shouldn’t have been in that position in the first place.
Forward Madison FC’s late second half collapse forced a 2-2 draw with Toronto FC II Wednesday night at Breese Stevens Field. “Probably the toughest...draw of the year...just stupid,” Flamingos head coach Carl Craig said after his team lost a chance to pull the team back into USL1 playoff contention. Toronto FC II defender Kobe Franklin’s right foot powered the ball from the middle of the box into the bottom left corner of the goal to knot it up at 2-2 in the 86th minute. Flamingos midfielder Aaron Molloy said a combination of factors played into that late goal and that the team is ready to hone in on that mistake.
“Probably fatigue, probably a little bit of...miscommunication,” Molloy said. “We’ll watch it as a team and analyze it and...correct it for next game so it doesn’t happen again.”
That late goal erased the Flamingos’ early second-half lead.
A trio of clutch performances from left fielder J.T. Benson, shortstop Charlie Szykowny and starting pitcher Eliot Turnquist fueled a commanding 5-0 victory Sunday afternoon at Warner Park, giving the Madison Mallards a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three Great Lakes West Divisional Series against the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders.
Benson said the win just further displayed their group-first identity.
“We’re the same team we have been,” Benson said. “We’re just gonna go out there and play for each other.”
The Madison Mallards kept a steady pace in the playoff hunt with powerful bats and razor-sharp pitching in a 9-1 triumph and series sweep over the Green Bay Booyah Tuesday night at a drenched Warner Park.
Madison started and finished the day two games behind the Wisconsin Woodchucks. In order to make the Northwoods League playoffs, the Mallards must surpass the Great Lakes West division-leading Woodchucks in their last four games.
A brief spurt of light rain in the top of the third inning didn’t stop play, but Sunday afternoon's 6-2 defeat at the hands of the Wisconsin Woodchucks might have put a serious damper on the Madison Mallards' Northwoods League playoff hopes.
“Anything can really happen...we’ll be alright,” Madison Mallards starting pitcher Joseph Kalafut said, trying to maintain a positive attitude after his team fell 3.5 games behind the Woodchucks in the Great Lakes West division standings with seven games to play.
Late defensive miscues derailed the Madison Mallards’ comeback attempt in a 7-6 defeat to the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders Thursday night at Warner Park. “It was pretty tough, but...I think it was a good team game all-around,” Mallards center fielder J.T. Benson said. Mallards reliever Jared Fong seemed poised to defend the 6-6 tie in the ninth after striking out his first batter, but Madison second baseman Zach Storbakken let a routine ground ball bounce past him into shallow right center field. After Dock Spiders catcher Calvin Harris’ speedy grounder went through shortstop Michael Fuhrman’s legs to put runners at the corners, left fielder Jackson Loftin skied the game-winning RBI sac-fly into the left field corner for the ultimate 7-6 victory. Fuhrman said the ground ball took a different route than he was expecting.
Stellar pitching efforts from Madison Mallards starter Eliot Turnquist and relievers Sam Vomhof and Kade Lancour combined for the team’s first no hitter at Warner Park in a 5-0 victory over the Lakeshore Chinooks Wednesday night.
“It was a really fun time to be out there with the team tonight just watching the guys pick me up...we got it done tonight,” Turnquist said.