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Top 10 Moments from 2021

By Tormenta FC Staff -, 01/05/22, 1:30PM EST


Take a Trip Down Memory Lane Ahead of the 2022 Campaign

STATESBORO, Ga. - Join South Georgia Tormenta FC as it looks back on the 2021 campaign and prepares for more success in 2022.

From creating history on the pitch to showing up for the local community, the Tormenta FC Top 10 takes a trip down memory lane and showcases 10 staff-voted moments from around the club this year.

#10: Playing with the Best

TFC Midfielder Adrian Billhardt goes to battle with Mikey Ambrose. Photo Courtesy of Atlanta United FC

Tormenta FC gained incredible experience taking the pitch amongst world football stars like Josef Martinez and Ezequiel Barco in March 2021. The USL League One squad created history as it competed in a preseason scrimmage against Atlanta United FC, the club’s first-ever matchup with a Major League Soccer team.

The squad put up a strong showing and held Atlanta scoreless for 60 minutes. Notably, Tormenta FC Academy talents Brittian Gottlieb and Grant Hampton also saw minutes against the MLS side.

The boys went on to defeat CF Montreal 2-0 in April, their second MLS matchup in club history.

#9: Passion in the Playoffs

Mikey Lawrence celebrates a playoff goal. Photo Courtesy of Brian Evans // South Georgia Tormenta FC

In July 2021, Tormenta FC 2 made its third historic USL League Two Playoffs run with no shortage of passion.

While competing in the Southern Conference Quarterfinal, forward Michael Lawrence scored a beauty to solidify a 2-0 win against Lionsbridge FC. Lawrence celebrated in front of an electric stadium and traveling Tormenta FC fans in Newport News, Virginia. Tormenta FC 2 then defeated the Villages SC to advance and host the Southern Conference Final in Statesboro, Georgia.

#8: TFC Academy Continues to Shine

Academy players in action at the Fall Shootout in Statesboro, Ga. Photo Courtesy of Aaron Cranford // South Georgia Tormenta FC

Tormenta FC Academy saw major growth in 2021 with even more pathways for local boys and girls to play the game they love.

From the club’s inaugural season in MLS Next to winning multiple championships to record-breaking Recreation and Top Soccer attendance, the sport has expanded tremendously throughout Georgia and South Carolina making TFC Academy the biggest academy in the region. We cannot wait to see what 2022 brings.

#7: Creating Lifetime Bonds

TFC 2's Gabriel Cabral and Alexis Ledoux triumphant after a road goal. Photo Courtesy of Aaron Cranford // South Georgia Tormenta FC

Heading into the League Two season, University of Charleston (West Virginia) teammates Gabriel Cabral and Alexis Ledoux were already close, but during their time with Tormenta FC 2, the two created lifelong memories.

With Cabral now signed to the USL League One roster and Ledoux with several eligible collegiate years left, their time together at the club doesn’t have to end.

#6: Out in the Community

Captain Pablo Jara at the Statesboro Fire Department // Photo Courtesy of Aaron Cranford // South Georgia Tormenta FC

Our squads found ways to be present in the local community throughout 2021. From hosting camps to packing school supplies to mentoring children, Tormenta players did everything to build deeper relationships in the area.

Here, captain Pablo Jara lived out a lifelong dream of being a firefighter while training with the Statesboro Fire Department ahead of the club’s Community Heroes night at Erk Russell Park.

#5: Building New Pathways

Co-Owner Netra Van Tassell speaks at the Tormenta FC Women launch. Photo Courtesy of Chandler Jarrell // South Georgia Tormenta FC

Tormenta FC continued to break barriers this year and announced a team in the inaugural USL W League team, kicking off in 2022.

Tormenta FC Women will expand the girls' pathway and create more elite opportunities for female talent in South Georgia and the Lowcountry of South Carolina. The club looks forward to keeping proven talent local and inspiring future generations.

#4: Do it for the badge

Marco Micaletto shows off the TFC crest in celebration at Erk Russell Park. Photo Courtesy of Chandler Jarrell // South Georgia Tormenta FC

Lead goalscorer Marco Micaletto showed his heart and passion for the game in front of Tormenta Nation throughout the season.

In June, the Italian midfielder converted a late penalty in the 83rd minute to seal a 3-1 home win over rival Greenville Triumph SC. With one season left under Micaletto's contract, fans are sure to see more of this excitement in 2022.

#3: Jumping for Joy

Luca Mayr-Fälten opens the scoring on the road in Greenville. Photo Courtesy of Aaron Cranford // South Georgia Tormenta FC

It’s always a show when Tormenta FC and Greenville Triumph SC go head-to-head. In August, Luca Mayr-Fälten opened the scoring in a tough road match versus Greenville and celebrated midair in front of traveling Tormenta fans.

The celebrations were just getting started as Tormenta FC went on to win both this match and the whole season series 3-1.

#2: For the W

Elise Holcey displaying a USL W League scarf. Photo Courtesy of Aaron Cranford // South Georgia Tormenta FC

If you have not seen her by now, meet Elise Holcey. The Savannah native striker joined TFC Academy in 2019 and quickly excelled to the top of the girl’s program, where she was named captain of the 2003/04 Girls Ibis team while playing up a year in age.

Holcey made history in November as Tormenta FC’s first-ever USL W League signing. With Tormenta FC Women's inaugural season kicking off in May, 2022 is sure to be even more historic and groundbreaking.

#1: #ForThe912

Cat 5 member Jackson Popkin celebrates a home goal. Photo Courtesy of Morgan Tencza

Tormenta FC is more than just a football club, and football is more than a game. Tormenta Nation is a family, reaching fans young and old across the 912 and beyond, all bonding over a common love of the game.

On the behalf of TFC owners, coaching staff, front office and players, thank you to Tormenta Nation for your everlasting support and passion. Everything we do, it's for the 912. Can't wait to see y'all on game day. ¡Vamos Tormenta!