Duluth FC vs. Sioux Falls Thunder
McEneaney Field | Sioux Falls, SD
June 5th, 2021 | Game #4
Current 2021 Records (W-L-T):
Duluth: 1-0-0; 1-2-0 at home/on the road
Sioux Falls: 1-1-0; 1-2-0 at home/on the road
Starting XI: Brendan Dally, Jake Starling, Scott Wilson, Martin Grzywa, Liam Condone, Jacob Daffern, Danny Torres, Caleb Tammi, Gloire Luwara, Sidney Warden, Eric Watson
Substitutions: Jon Faynik for Gloire Luwara, Kazuyuki Hata for Eric Watson, Aidan Hill for Danny Torres, Micheal Devlin forLiam Condone
82’ – Trace Dobson (SF)
87’ – Caleb Tammi (DFC)
91’ – Tyler Limmer (SF)
Duluth FC followed up its 3-2 loss to Minneapolis City and 3-0 win over La Crosse Aris with an away game at Sioux Falls, the last away fixture before playing two home games. The match provided the BlueGreens with a chance at their second away win of the season. Duluth beat the Thunder twice last season, including a 1-0 away win and a 2-0 home win.
It would be a match of patience for both clubs, with neither able to break the deadlock in the first half, reaching half time in a 0-0 draw despite strong efforts. One name of note was Gloire Luwara, who scored as a substitute against La Crosse Aris the week before and made his first start for Duluth against Sioux Falls. The second half would start with momentum for the home side, who put Brendan Dally to the test unsuccessfully on several occasions before eventually finding the opener in the 82nd minute through Trace Dobson. Duluth would answer quickly as Caleb Tammi scored his first ever goal for the club five minutes later.
Every minute would count on the night, however, as Sioux Falls earned a free kick in extra time just outside of the Duluth box. Tyler Limmer stepped up and rocketed in his shot, giving Sioux Falls a late lead that would stick as the final whistle blew. It would prove a major upset for the home team, who secured their first ever win over Duluth FC in competitive play. It would also give Sioux Falls their second win of the season just a week after earning their first against the Dakota Fusion in eventful 4-1 fashion.
Despite the scoreline, it would be an impressive return to the eleven for goalkeeper Brendan Dally, who did not play against La Crosse but impressed against Sioux Falls with several key saves in what proved to be a very back and forth match up.
Duluth FC Head Coach Sean Morgan named Caleb TammiDuluth’s Man of the Match on the night, with Tammi scoring both his first goal of the season and first ever for the club on a night when Duluth’s usually electric attack was unable to rack up the goals. Tammi is Duluth’s third Man of the Match this season and just the fifth player to score for the club this season so far.
Tonight’s loss leaves Duluth with six points from four matches. It also means that the BlueGreens will have significant obstacles to overcome regarding a finish high on the table. However, a win from Duluth’s game in hand would still leave the BlueGreens in third place, two points ahead of Joy Athletic.
Duluth will next take to the pitch on June 12th when they host the Dakota Fusion in Duluth, just their second home match of the season. It will be followed by an additional home match on the 16th against Med City, from Rochester, Minnesota, who Duluth will then play on the road on the 19th.