Wings hang on to first place in Central; Bombers score 38 goals in two games to sweep
TAMPA, Fla. -- The Wichita Wings hung on to first place -- barely -- but hung on nonetheless in defeating the Omaha Kings Sunday, 7-6, to higlight another action-packed weekend in Major Arena Soccer League 2.
The Wings trailed at one point in the first half 3-1, rallied to take a 6-3 lead, and then watched as Kings fourth quarter rally fell just short. Wichita imrpved to 2-0,, while Omaha slipped to 2-1.
Back-to-back goals by Omaha's Bobby Jaffrey in the first half gave the Kings a 3-1 lead before Wichita really started rolling. Bransyn Felty singlehandedly erased that deficit with a natural hat-trick to start off a string of five straight Wichita goals.
Trailing 6-3, the Kings battled back on goals by Pedro Augusto and Manuel Lira before Felty scored his fourth of the night which proved to be the game winner. Tomaz Rossi scored to get Omaha within a goal with almost five minutes to play, and the Wings had to kill off a King power play in the final 90 seconds to record the win.
Amarillo filled the net in a pair of games in a home-and-home with the New Mexico Runners, winning in Albequrque on Saturday, 11-5, before returning to the Lone Star State to record a wild 18-14 win on Sunday to improve to 2-1 on the season.
Vitor Patriani and Julio Vargas each had hat tricks for Amarillo in the opener. Alejandro Garcia had two goals for New Mexico (0-4).
In Sunday's nightcap, San Diego doubled up the Ontario Fury, 8-4, to improve to 2-0 on the season. The Fury fell to 0-2, with bost loses coming against the Sockers. San Diego broke open a tight game with four goals in the final 15 minutes. Ontario took a 3-1 lead at intermission, but only found the back of the net once in the final half.
Rene Flores banged in two goals for the winners, as did Uziel Gonzalez.
There will be plenty of chances for M2 fans to catch their favorite teams in action this coming weekend, including those of the defending champion Cleveland Crunch, who will open their season on the road Friday, Jan. 7 in Muskegon.
Saturday, Jan. 8 is one of the busiest nights of the season, with eight teams in action in four time zones. Muskegon will host Chicago (7 p.m. EST), New Mexico will host Omaha (5 p.m. MST), Wichita will host Coloardo (7 p.m. CST), and Ontario will host Turlock (7 p.m. PST). It will also be the season openers for Turlock and Colorao.
For more information on live broadcasts, tickets at more, visit your favorite team's website of social media sites during the week. League information can always be found at m2soccer.com