WAZA FLO NOTCH FIRST WIN IN OT THRILLER

by Waza Flo

WAZA FLO NOTCH FIRST WIN OF MASL2 SEASON IN OT THRILLER OVER MUSKEGON

MUSKEGON, MI- After starting the season with five tough losses, the Waza Flo were able to get back to their winning tradition on Friday night via a 4-3 overtime victory over the Muskegon Risers. The low-scoring affair was a vast contrast to the 24 goal fest just two weeks ago between the two sides in the LC Walker Arena.

The Flo wasted no time getting on the board by way of a Mitchell Brickman goal just seconds into the contest. Muskegon responded a minute later via Willy Guerrero, though and the sides were even until a Brickman brace later in the period gave the visitors a 2-1 advantage to end the break. An even fought second quarter ended with both sided scoring and the Flo held a 3-2 lead heading into the half.

After a scoreless 3rd period, Stu Collins tied up the game for Muskegon with 5 minutes left to once again even the score. Waza had their chances to regain the advantage but a too-many-men penalty against the Flo with 2 minutes left in the game forced a solid defensive effort that the Risers were unable to take advantage as time expired. The visitors wasted little time in the extra frame as this season's top scorer, Joey Tinnion, fired home a shot that gave the Flo their much-deserved first win on the M2 season.

The victory moves the Waza Flo to 1-5 on the season and drops the Risers to 1-3. Both teams have a quick turnover as the Risers host the Chicago Mustangs Saturday, January 20th, and the Flo host the Cincinnati Swerve back in Melvindale on the same night. The 7:05 pm game at the Melvindale arena is Youth Soccer Night and any kids wearing their youth team jersey receives a FREE ticket to the match. For more information and tickets head over to WazaFlo.com.

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As a member of the Major Arena Soccer League (MASL), the Waza Flo represent their state with pride.  The Waza Flo have won the Professional Arena Soccer League (PASL) Eastern Division Championship in 2012 and 2013, and were finalists in the League Championship each of those years. In 2017-18, Waza Flowill be part of Major Arena Soccer League 2 (MASL 2), and will play in the Eastern Divisionagainst teams from Cincinnati, Chicago, Muskegon, Denver, and Colorado Springs. In Japanese, the word“Waza” means “technique” and in Swahili, “Waza” means “to think clearly”. But in Melvindale,“Waza” means “Championships!”.