Week 5 review: Wings stay undefeated, Risers and Kings pull out one goal victories
TAMPA, Fla. -- The Wichita Wings improved to 4-0 with a one goal win Sunday over the Colorado Inferno, one of three Major Arena Soccer League 2 games this past weekend that came down to last second finishes.
The Inferno staged a furious late rally before falling 8-7. The other nail biting finishes came in Muskegon where the Risers took and 11-10 win over rival Chicago and in Albuquerque where the New Mexico Runners fell to the Omaha Kings 8-7.
Juan Zamora, Brent Hobson and Bransyn Felty each scored twice as Wichita remained one of three undefeated teams in M2 play so far this year. Armando Gonzalez brough Colorado to within one goal with 41 seconds to play, but couldn't find the late equalizer.
Muskegon's broke open a 4-4 halftime game to lead 11-7 in the fourth, before the Mustangs tried to stage a rally of their own with three in a row to close the scoring, falling just one-goal short. Ryan Zietlow led the Risers with his four-goal performance, giving him nine in four games this season.
The Risers hosted defending M2 champion Cleveland Crunch on Friday, with the Crunch opening defense of their crown with an 8-5 triumph. Cleveland captain Dave Jordan paced the Crunch with four goals, while Tom Beck added a pair. Miguel Flores and Alexis Mendez had two each for Muskegon, which is now 2-2 on the year.
The remaining nail-biter came when the Omaha Kings rallied from a 5-4 halftime deficit to improve to 3-1 in the midwest division, a game back of Wichita. Murilo Ceruli had a five-point night, with a goal and four assists for the victors. Christian Sanchez, Tomaz Rossi and Mario Beuso each talled twice for Omaha. Skylar Rose, Sergio Fuentes and Jacob Gandarilla netted two apiece for New Mexico.
Meanwhile, the San Diego Sockers 2 rolled past the Turlock Express, 10-3. Rene Flores had the hat trick for San Diego as part of a four point night, while teammate Ismael Rojo ahd two goals and three assists. Armando Fernandez figured in all three of Turlock's scores with a goal and two assists.
On Saturday, the Wings opened their weekend doubleheader with a 16-5 triumph over the Inferno. Collin Lawter led the offensive showing with three goals and two assists. Kevin Ten Eyck had the hat trick.