Calgary Loses Regular Season Finale, 8-7; Playoffs Sunday
In a game without playoff implications for the home side, soccer fans at the Calgary Soccer Center were still treated to an exciting affair between Calgary United and the Texas Outlaws on Saturday. United are already in the playoffs, and Texas hopes were dealt a serious blow on Friday night in Edmonton, where they lost 13-10.
Despite being on the outside looking in, Texas came out determined to play a competitive match, and got on the scoresheet after just 6 minutes when Matt Van Zandt drilled a free kick past the wall and Calgary keeper Spencer Arnold.
The Outlaws doubled the lead with just 32 seconds in to go in the first quarter by capitalizing on an odd man rush, but Calgary bounced back 18 seconds in to the second quarter to pull within one.
Texas put two more on the board before halftime, and although Calgary played well when they got the ball into the final third, they gave too many balls away needlessly and were unlucky in front of goal.
In the second half Calgary kept better possesion of the ball but were still vulnerable on the odd man rush off the occasional turnover, and the teams traded goals until the visitors appered to put the game away on a counter attack with 1:07 left to make the score 8-6.
After a timeout, Calgary got back to within one with 18 seconds to play on a goal by Kyle Yamada, and nearly pulled off the comeback with 5 seconds to play when a flick on by Felix Napuri just grazed the top of Mark Slade's head before bouncing harmlessly wide.
The Outlaws got a hatrick from Kellan Zindel, but man of the match honors went to goalkeeper Adam Jochelson for his 17 save performance. Yamada's high workrate earned him the nod for Calgary.
Calgary's next match is on Sunday afternoon when they host provincial rivals the Edmonton Drillers. The winner of the one off playoff match earns the right to go to Stockton, California for the North American Finals. Kickoff is at 1 at the Soccer Center.
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