Detroit Waza Flo Advance To Open Cup Finals
(Detroit, MI)- Detroit heads home with double header victories adding two more "W's" to their first place Eastern Division record of 12-2. With wins in both Rockford IL (beating the Rampage 14-10) and a double duty league/US Open Cup in Chicago (beating the Mustangs 9-6) the WAZA FLO are poised at the top of their division and also advance to the US Open Cup final to be held in Detroit against the San Diego Sockers (date to be announced).
What looked to be a Saturday evening blow out in Rockford, with Detroit leading the points 11-2 after the third, quickly turned dicey in the fourth as the Rampage took advantage of several Detroit man down opportunities. Rockford started a scoring spree netting 8 more goals to Detroit's 3 bringing the game a little too close for comfort, to end in a 14 - 10 victory for WAZA. Stand out performances for Detroit came from Miki Djerisilo, Zack Wilkes, and Niki Djokic, each netting a pair, and Worteh Sampson with a hat trick.
Chicago, still hurting from their December 8-7 loss in Detroit (with a winning goal by Costea Decu with 0:54 on the clock) looked to exact revenge with a packed house in Hoffman Estates IL. But Detroit came ready to play quickly putting three points on the board in the first. With back and forth goals in the second and third, the Mustangs evened the score and took a brief lead. Detroit extinguished any hopes in the fourth netting three unanswered goals, sealing both the league game victory and the US Open Cup final position. "I am more than proud of my team and their performances this weekend", said coach Dominic Scicluna, "and am very much looking forward to the US Open Cup final against San Diego on our home turf".
Stand out performances were had by Fernando Gatica, Zane Polack and Costea Decu each with two goals, Worteh Sampson and Miki Djerislio, both with two assists, and player/coach Dominic Scicluna with a goal and assist. Another notable standout was Detroit's goalie Joey Kapinos, with 32 saves in the Match.
Detroit WAZA FLO returns to their home field Saturday February 2nd when they take on the Ohio Vortex at the Taylor Sportsplex, 7:30 kick-off.
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The Detroit WAZA FLO are charter members of the Professional Arena Soccer League, which is in its fifth season of play. For more information, visit the team's home page at www.detroitwaza.com or the PASL's website at www.paslsoccer.com.
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