A late goal from Forward Madison FC’s Danny Tenorio earned his team a point on Friday afternoon, as they drew 1-1 with Toronto FC II at the BMO Training Ground.
After a quiet opening 30 minutes, Forward Madison had their best chance to score in the 33rd minute. A long pass over the Toronto backline was brought down by an excellent touch by Christian Díaz, who took at shot at goal. Kevin Silva made a great save, but the ball went right to Forward Madison’s J.C. Banks, who took a shot that was again stopped by Silva (this time hitting him in the face) after he recovered quickly from the first one.
Toronto FC II took the lead in the final moments of the first half, as Jordan Perruzza scored his team-leading 5th goal of the season to make it 1-0. After he flicked the ball to teammate Gideon Waja, Waja volleyed it forward back to him. Perruzza took a few steps before volleying it into the goal with his left foot from the edge of the penalty area, following it up with an epic knee-slide celebration.
Forward Madison kept pushing for an equalizer, and in the 78th minute, Kevin Silva came to his side’s rescue, making another miraculous save. After a low cross from Don Smart, Danny Tenorio redirected the ball toward the goal, but Kevin Silva dived across and kept it out.
A few minutes later, Tenorio would get his revenge. After another cross from Smart, Silva tried to play the ball, but couldn’t push it out of harm’s way, and Tenorio headed it home from three or four yards out.
In the 86th minute, Toronto FC II brought on 15-year-old Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty for his professional debut. Days after leading Toronto FC’s U-15 side to the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Championship, Marshall-Rutty didn’t get much time to make an impression, but with the academy season over, he will likely see more playing time going forward.
Here are the full highlights of this match:
Highlights from today’s match pic.twitter.com/zMmTw4VAx3— Toronto FC II (@TorontoFCII) June 28, 2019
Up next for Toronto FC II is an away game in Tucson on Wednesday, July 3rd. That game against FC Tucson kicks off at 10 pm ET.