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Thunder Equalize in Dramatic Fashion Against TwinStars


The Sioux Falls Thunder (0-5-1) notched their first point in the conference table on Saturday, June 10th against the Minnesota TwinStars FC (2-3-1). The Thunder recovered from a two-goal deficit and snagged a 3-3 tie with the final goal in the last few seconds of stoppage time.


The Thunder started off on the wrong foot by giving a questionable penalty kick to the TwinStars in the 17th minute. Minnesota's Anthony Mator stepped up to the spot and delivered one to the top 90 to put the Thunder down by a goal. The Minnesota side would score again less than 10 minutes later as Diego Yang volleyed a shot over Thunder keeper Jack Howard after back-and-forth possession outside the 18-yard box.


The Thunder netted their first goal of the game in the 36th minute, after a combination between midfielder Brennan Haggerty and attacker Ryushiro Morita landed a wide-open Marcus Horwood with the ball square in front of the goal. With time to trap, Horwood tapped it into the corner and sent the Thunder into halftime only down by one goal.


The TwinStars scored their final goal in the 53rd minute when the back line sent a long ball to Sadra Golzarian, who somehow escaped an offside call. Minnesota had one more chance a few minutes later when a forty-yard shot from a free kick dipped and bounced off the crossbar. Fortunately, the rebound was cleared to let the Thunder defense breathe.


Powerful attacking play between Jack Crombie, Morita, and Horwood gave the Thunder their second goal in the 83rd minute thanks to a nice finish by Morita. With only one goal left to equalize, the Thunder piled on pressure into the Minnesota half. And it was Horwood who would level the score after a beautiful volley into the left side of the goal with only seconds to spare in stoppage time. The final score saw both sides with three goals a piece.


The Thunder finally return home Wednesday, June 14th for their first game against Med City FC. Kickoff will commence at 7 pm from Bob Young Field on USF grounds.

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