February 16, 2013 - Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) - Rochester Lancers
(Rochester, NY)... With three games remaining in the regular season the Rochester Lancers welcomed the Syracuse Silver Knights to town on Saturday. The match was the first of three straight games at home for the Lancers who were looking to keep their playoff hopes alive. The last time the two teams tangled the Knights emerged with a 15-14 win after tallying the game-winner with just over a minute left to play earlier last month.
Rochester began the scoring three and a half minutes into the match when Gary Boughton blasted a three-point shot past Syracuse goalkeeper Bryan O'Quinn for an early 3-0 lead. The Silver Knights' Ryan Pierce tallied a shot midway through the period to cut the Lancer lead to 3-2 at the end of one.
Opening the second period of play was Syracuse's Neto who, along with Kenardo Forbes sandwiched a pair of goals around a Mauricio Salles shot, giving the visitors a 6-5 lead. Salles scored after a Syracuse clearing pass was blocked into the corner by Boughton. Salles managed to track it down and fire a left-footer past O'Quinn for his first of the game. Rochester added two more goals before the end of the period by Doug Miller and another by Boughton - his second of the game - to make the score 9-6 at the half.The second half opened with a surge for the Lancers as Miller and Salles struck giving Rochester a 13-6 lead before Pierce reduced the Syracuse deficit to 13-8. After withstanding an early Lancer onslaught to start the second half the Silver Knights battled back to 13-11 after Nelson Santana's three-point tally to end the third quarter.
Syracuse's Andriy Budnyy provided the first goal of the final period with just over three minutes left in regulation to tie the score 13-13 evoking memories of January's contest. This time however it appeared it was Rochester's turn as Even McNeley coming from the corner to the left of O'Quinn let a quick shot go that snuck past the Syrcause netminder with 38 seconds remaining. The lead didn't last long as with the sixth attacker, Syracuse found the net with 11 seconds left to send the game into overtime.
The two sides each had opportunity during the extra frame but following what looked to be the game-winner for Rochester, Kenardo Forbes didn't miss his chance to send the visitors home with a 17-15 win.
Rochester will be back in action on Monday, February 18th when they host the Wichita Wings beginning at 7:00 p.m. All matches can heard live on the Lancers flagship station Fickle 93.3 FM with veteran broadcaster Joe Giuliano once again calling all of the action. In addition all MISL matches can be seen live via webcast at www.MISLlive.com.