Thunder Hoping To End Season On High Note


The Sioux Falls Thunder snapped a nine-match losing streak with Wednesday’s 5-2 win over the Dakota Fusion.  The season as a whole hasn’t gone the way the Thunder had hoped, but they’re looking to end it on a high note. 

After earning a draw in their season opener, and winning their 2nd game of the year over LC Aris, the Thunder then dropped 9 straight contests before Wednesday’s victory. Four of Sioux Falls’ 10 losses have come by 1 goal differences and all but 2 have been competitive games, which has left the Thunder feeling frustrated. 

“We’ve kind of let some of those games slip away but I think the toughest thing for us is that you play well and you’re still losing,” Thunder Head Coach Mekonnen Afa said. 

Though out of playoff contention, head coach Mekonnen Afa says his team’s approach to the final two games of the season is simple. 

“Really it’s more for us to play well, come together as a team, and deal with the adversity that we have. So we’re just, like I said, taking it one game at a time,” Afa said. 

Saturday’s contest against VSLT FC will be the Thunder’s home finale and they’re hoping to leave their fans satisfied with their effort.

“Put up a fight, get a win out of it. I think that would give our fans something to come out to see, to watch us play, and be like wow these guys actually out here putting heart into it you know,” Owner/Midfielder Amadu Myers said. 

While the season may not have gone as they wanted it to, Sioux Falls is hoping a strong finish can help build momentum heading into next year.

“I’d say that’s the plan to end on a high note and really get a couple wins these last few, you know this last stretch of the season. Yeah, hopefully we end it well to begin next year right,” Defender Jorge Lopez said. 

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