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Jemal Johnson's late winner propels Fresno FC to victory against Sounders 2

Match Report: Foxes beat Sounders 2 for first win in franchise history

By Angel Moreno, 03/28/18, 10:15PM PDT

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TACOMA - It took an away day for Fresno Football Club to collect its first win in franchise history, defeating Seattle Sounders FC 2 1-0 on Wednesday night at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, Washington.

Midfielder Jemal Johnson scored the game-winner for The Foxes, heading in a dime of a cross from right back Zachary Ellis-Hayden at the 82nd minute. It is Johnson's second goal this season for Fresno FC, having scored in the club's season opener.

Jemal Johnson's game-winner at the 82nd minute

It was a thriller from the start, with 18-year-old midfielder Noah Verhoeven nearly putting Fresno ahead at the 11th minute. His perfectly timed run beat the back line on Christian Chaney's through ball, but his left-footed shot banged off the crossbar. 

Sounders 2 had their best chance of the night in the first half, when Felix Chenkam broke free for a 1-v-1 against Reynish, but the 19-year-old from Cameroon saw his shot miss just left of the post.


Photo by Sounders FC 2

The Foxes outshot Sounders 2, 16-13, coming closest in the second half at minute 78 when captain Juan Pablo Caffa flicked a header forcing a low diving save by S2 goalkeeper Bryan Meredith.

Chaney, the Fresno native and former Fresno Fuego star forward, made his first professional start for Fresno FC. 

Los Zorros return to Fresno to close out Week 3 against OKC Energy FC on Saturday, March 31st at Chukchansi Park. Kickoff is set for 7pm.  Tickets for the match are available online at tickets.fresnofc.com, or in person at the Chukchansi Park Box Office.


EL MEXICANO MAN OF THE MATCH: Jemal Johnson, LM

Johnson scored the game-winner in the 82nd minute and had a team-high four shots for Los Zorros.