By: Bryan Giese
After a victory on Friday evening at home, the Torrent was confident for their trip to Grand Rapids. Since the previous meeting, the Torrent has made great strides in discovering who they are, and how they work best together. Sunday evening’s match would prove this team continues to work hard, support each other, and make strides forward.
In the opening minutes of Sunday’s matchup, Grand Rapids FC pressured the Torrent all over the field. That pressure ultimately led to a converted opportunity for Grand Rapids in the 11 minute. Milwaukee refused to put their heads down and give up.
Instead they began to find their legs, and their teammates. The Torrent would use speed on the outside and well timed runs up-top to create multiple scoring opportunities. Isaac Pereyra and Alex Stojanovski put pressure of their own on the Grand Rapids backline. In the 43 minute it would be Pereyra who would net his third goal of the season.
Shift In Lineup
The starting 11 for the Torrent took a slightly different look on Sunday. Paris Martins, who had been anchoring the left edge of the backline, shifted to the wing on that side, and Diego Bobadilla took over the left back position. The two complimented each other well, generating options and chances in the final third.
“My comfort level for both positions is really the exact same,” responded Martins after being asked how he felt about the change. “Left back allows me to see a different perspective. Both allow me to attack and both require the same amount of defense. Either way, I’m happy to play wherever Coach Davi puts me.”
The Torrent began the second half playing to their style. Building out of the back and playing a possession style, Milwaukee created some early opportunities. It was however a free kick for Grand Rapids that would find its way to the back of the net in the 53 minute.
Elvis Is Alive In Milwaukee
Milwaukee’s spirit and effort was not broken though. Center back Elvis Barclay single handedly kept the Torrent within a goal when he refused to quit dropping back on a play. Grand Rapids had a 1v1 situation coming up the right flank. The GRFC player was able to slip a shot under goalkeeper Agustin Rey, but Barclay slid to clear the ball just before it crossed the goal line.
After Stuart Grable was injured three weeks ago, the focal point of the backline has fallen to Elvis Barclay. He has been more than excepting of the challenge. Barclay has shown heart, leadership and a desire to get even better.
“His athleticism and passion for soccer makes him an amazing defender,” expressed Paris Martins. “That goal line save is something you will only see Elvis do.”
The Torrent would battle to the final whistle in Grand Rapids. Unfortunately they would fall a goal short, closing out the match down 2 -1.
“We really were unfortunate to lose this game,” said Coach Davi after the match. “The team played very well. We created a lot of chances and continued to play the way we stopped on Friday night.”