Written By: Sam Carter
STATESBORO, Ga. – South Georgia Tormenta FC opens up its USL W League home campaign this Friday, May 19, at 7:30 p.m. ET, hosting Birmingham Legion FC from Optim Sports Medicine Field at Tormenta Stadium. After an opening night draw with Southern Soccer Academy, the Statesboro side is looking to pick up its first three points of the season.
Defender Sarah Hagg earned Player of the Match honors after a comprehensive defensive showing on Sunday night in Austell, Georgia. Notably, Tormenta FC opened the season with a 0-0 draw for the second year in a row.
A busy offseason culminated this week with the arrivals of midfielder Smith Cathey, defender Emma Tucker and goalkeeper Keara Fitzgerald. The arrivals complete the 24-player squad that Head Coach Jim Robbins and his staff have assembled to defend the league title.
Birmingham Legion FC will begin its inaugural W League season with the match on Friday evening. Plans for the creation of the W league squad were announced by the Alabama club on March 3. This season, Birmingham welcomes squad members from several Division I collegiate programs across the state of Alabama, such as the University of Alabama, the University of Alabama-Birmingham, Auburn University, and more.
In June of 2021, Tormenta FC was named a founding member of the USL W League, an elite pre-professional pathway for women looking to build their careers both on and off the pitch. Tormenta FC won its first-ever USL W League title in 2022 after defeating the Minnesota Aurora in front of 6,500 fans in Eagan, Minnesota.
Tormenta FC provides opportunities to local and national players to develop and start their professional careers in Statesboro, Georgia. In just one year, Tormenta FC’s USL W League team has produced six professional players with Sydney Martinez joining Jenae Packard, Emily Burke, Kelly Giddes, Abigail Wolf and Jodi Medina as the latest player to sign a contract in Europe.
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