Kings of the Midwest! Omaha rolls into Wichita and comes home with OT win
TAMPA, Fla. -- There are new Kings of the Major Arena Soccer League 2 Midwest Division, and they had to work overtime to claim their crown.
The M2 playoffs opened in spectacular fashion Wednesday night in Wichita, where the Omaha Kings took an 8-7 win over the Wings to be the second of four teams qualified for the league's Championship Weekend April 8-10 in Muskegon, Michigan.
Leo Meija scored with 2:56 left in the first overtime to secure Omaha's spot in the semi-finals. They join the Cleveland Crunch, who advanced to the semis by virtue of being the No. 1 overall seed for the M2 playoffs. They will pick who they play in the semi-finals, with the other semi-finals coming from the winner of the Muskegon matchup against Chicago on April 2 in Muskegon and April 3 contest between the RGV Barracudas and San Diego Sockers 2.
Neither team held more than a two-goal lead at any point, with the Wings jumping out to an early 2-0 advantage on first-quarter goals from Collin Lawter and Fabio Schneider. Wichita trailed by two in the fourth before getting the equalizer with 42 seconds to play from David Luccio with the sixth-attacker on for the Wings.
Meija led the Kings road win with three goals while Bobby Jaffrey had a pair. Andy Rodriguez, Pedro Agosto and Manny Lira also scored for the Kings, who improved to 8-5.
Lawter scored twice for the Wings, with additional goals coming from Guilherme Oliveira, Kevin Ten Eyck and Roger Downing. Wichita finishes its year at 8-5.
Semi-finals games will be held Friday, April 8 at Muskegon's Mercy Health Arena, with the league's Championship game set for Sunday, April 10 in Muskegon.