Sunday sports: Americans sweep Fury as regular season winds down
It was a pair of convincing victories for the Memphis Americans NISL indoor soccer squads Sunday afternoon at the Landers Center. The teams play again Monday night, May 1 at home to complete the regular season. Monday’s games will have no bearing on the teams’ postseason standing. The men are the number two seed into the playoff semifinals and the women clinched number one and will play in their attempt to defend their league championship.
MEMPHIS AMERICANS (7-5-0) 20, FAYETTEVILLE FURY (4-11-0) 2: Most likely a team record for goals scored in a game, the Americans scored no fewer than four goals in a quarter and posted seven in the final quarter of the lopsided victory. Maxi Galizzi scored three goals and added six assists in the victory and Djordje Djordjevic netted six goals and chipped in with three assists. Giovanni Alvarado scored another three goals and an assist for Memphis.
Memphis scored 15 straight goals from the start until into the fourth quarter before the Fury got on the scoreboard at 9:41 remaining in the game. The Americans scored five more goals before Fayetteville got one more with just over the minute remaining.
Memphis goalkeeper Matthew Klinck made seven saves in the win.
MEMPHIS AMERICANS (9-3-0) 9, FAYETTEVILLE FURY (4-11-0) 3: The Americans, already headed for the NISL championship game, dominated the Fury Sunday with a 9-3 victory. Cheyenne Smith of the Americans scored four goals in the Memphis victory and Bailey Tadlock added a pair of goals and an assist.
Memphis took a 3-0 lead after one quarter as Smith, Tadlock, and Charlotte Koerner all put balls in the back of the net. After Stephanie Quintanilla netted a goal for Fayetteville to open the second quarter, the Americans came back with three straight goals for a 6-1 halftime lead. Smith, Tadlock, and Lauren Odino-Draughon scored in the second quarter for Memphis.
In the second half, Maddie Capel and Grace Herbert scored first for the Fury, but it was all Memphis after that. Smith scored once in the third quarter and again in the fourth quarter, followed by a goal from Molly Martin to complete the scoring.
Goalkeeper Angel Hailey made four saves for the Americans in the victory.