South Georgia Tormenta FC won its first three USL League One matches to begin the season and had won its last three league games as well, but was unable to make it a fourth consecutive three-point result.
Tormenta controlled the pace of play and had the better of the chances against Lansing Ignite Saturday night at Erk Russell Park, but the full-time whistle resulted in a 0-0 draw, with Tormenta claiming a point in the league standings, but left wanting more.
The sentiment of wanting more wasn’t lost on Tormenta head coach John Miglarese, who wasn’t shy about stating that he had expected more out of his side on the night.
“We didn’t put in the work rate that was necessary to win this game,” Miglarese said. “No discredit to Lansing, who frustrated us all night, but I think our fans and supporters deserved a better effort from me and my team tonight.”
Lansing began the match pressing hard and high up the field and getting Tormenta on its heels. The tactic helped Lansing in the possession battle, but didn’t do much as far as creating chances as the visitors from Michigan registered just three shots on the night.
Tormenta adjusted and took the upper hand, but was never able to pull ahead.
The second half resulted in some promising looks on the Lansing net, but none of Tormenta’s 13 shots had the line or pace to break the scoreless draw.
“We didn’t work hard enough in transition,” Miglarese said. “We weren’t committed enough, on both sides of the ball. I won’t call us lazy, but we just didn’t have the bite necessary to win this one that we’ve had in other games.”
With less than 10 minutes to play, Tormenta did find the back of the net, only to have the goal waived off. A corner kick found a couple of heads on its way down and beat the Lansing keeper, but a foul was called on Tormenta during the scrum in the box and the scoreboard remained untouched.
The draw maintained Tormenta’s unscathed home record, but also prevented them from overtaking North Texas for the top spot in USL League One.
Tormenta will have a full week of rest, but will have to hit the road again as they travel to Greenville Triumph next weekend. Tormenta defeated Greenville at home in the season opener, but dropped a road decision in Greenville two weeks ago in U.S. Open Cup play.
With Tormenta’s Open Cup run over and only the League One season to focus on, the next game will surely have the full attention of the team.
“The standard is much higher (than Saturday’s game) if you’re going to be with Tormenta,” Miglarese said. “That goes for the coaching staff and everybody else.”