Two goals from Forward Madison FC’s Paulo Júnior and Christian Diaz turned the game around in its waning minutes as the Flamingos pulled off a late comeback on the road Wednesday, drawing 2-2 at Fort Lauderdale CF.
The draw earned FMFC a point and keeps them alive in its pursuit of a spot in the USL League One Final, but now sits six points out with three games to go.
Forward Madison took the initiative early, creating numerous chances on goal in the opening half. Noah Fuson, Paulo Júnior and Don Smart all came close to scoring within the first 20 minutes, but couldn’t quite find the target.
Instead, it was Fort Lauderdale which found the net first, taking a 1-0 lead through Eduardo Sosa in the 38th minute after pouncing on a loose ball in the Flamingos’ penalty area. In the 67th minute. Dairon Reyes found space close to goal, tucking a tidy shot past goalkeeper Chris Brady, to give Fort Lauderdale a 2-0 lead.
Just when the match looked over, though, Forward Madison came roaring back with a goal from Forward Paulo Júnior in the 73rd minute and then Diaz tied the game in the 85th minute, heading home from close range after Paulo’s initial shot was parried into the air.
The Flamingos will travel to Tennessee to take on Chattanooga Red Wolves on Saturday, Oct. 17, noon.