Wichita Wings will host Omaha Kings in first round of M2 playoffs Wednesday night
TAMPA, Fla. -- Major Arena Soccer League 2 playoff action will start Wednesday in Wichita, after the Amarillo Bombers and Omaha Kings took the playoff chase right down to the very last game of the regular season.
The two teams tangled in Amarillo Sunday, and the Bombers prevailed 9-7. Despite that, the two teams went to a tie-breaker, the first of which is head-to-head result. Since Sunday's win meant the two teams split their pair of regular season games, the next tie-breaker is goal differential, which Omaha had on their side by 11 goals over the Bombers.
Wichita will host the Kings Wednesday night at Hatrman Arena in a 7:05 CDT start. Ticket and game broadcast information HERE.
The winner of Wednesday's game will advance to M2's Championship Weekend in Muskegon April 8-10.
Two other divisional playoff matches had already been determined before this past weekend.
The San Diego Sockers will host the RGV Barracudas in a battle of league heavyweights. San Diego finished the season 11-1 to win the Western Division, while RGV was an impressive 9-2. San Diego took both regular season meeting between the two, with wins of 6-5 and 8-6 in Brownsville in late February.
The other game coming up will pit the No. 2 and No 3 seeds in the Eastern Division in Muskegon on Saturday when the Risers host the Chicago Mustangs. The overall No. 1 post-season seed, the defending champion Cleveland Crunch, have a bye through to the Championship weekend. Kickoff this Saturday at Muskegon's Mercy Health Arena, which will host the semi-finals and finals, is at 7 p.m. EDT.
Alan Valenzuela recorded the only two goals of the fourth quarter to give Amarillo the win on Sunday, completing his four-goal game. Julio Vargas finished with a hat trick for the Bombers. Omaha, which was playing its third game in three days, got two goals each from Leonides Mejia and Murilo Ceruli.
The Kings split a home-and-home with Colorado on Friday and Saturday, with each winning on the other's home turf. Felix Elias had the hat trick for the Inferno in their 12-5 road win Friday, while the Kings came back with an 8-4 win on Saturday in Colorado Springs, led by a three-goal performance by Manuel Lira.