Fury Cruise to a 15-5 Victory over Utica City FC
After a pair of games that saw the Ontario Fury give up leads late in the game, the Fury came into Tuesday night's game hoping to find a way to close out a game without any drama.
A seven-goal third quarter erased any drama, as the Fury cruised to a 15-5 victory over Utica City FC at Toyota Arena.
Ontario led 5-3 at the half, and Hewerton Moreira scored 3:16 into the third quarter to pull the visitors within one in their first-ever visit to Ontario.
But the Fury ran off five straight goals, including two in 19 seconds, to turn a tight game into a rout. Ontario scored seven goals on 10 shots in the quarter, with six different players scoring in the period.
Ontario opened the scoring 2:16 into the game, as Jesus Pacheco intercepted a pass inside the Utica half of the field, took a couple steps in and fired the ball past Brian Wilkin for the 1-0 lead. The Fury doubled their lead, as Franck Tayou scored the first of his five goals of the game, as he bounced a shot past Wilkin on a 3-on-1 break.
Tayou ended the game with five goals and two assists, while Robert Palmer added two goals and three assists - all three on goals by Tayou. In all, eight different players scored for Ontario, with Johnny Topete and Jorge DeLeon each scoring two. Chris Toth made 10 stops on 15 Utica shots to pick up the victory in goal.
Nate Bourdeau and Moreira each scored twice for Utica, which ended a two-game West Coast swing being outscored 23-8, extending its losing streak to seven games. Wilkin made seven saves before leaving the game late in the fourth quarter. Andrew Coughlin gave up two goals in relief, although he spent much of his time in the game as a sixth-attacker.
Ontario's 15-goal output matches the second-most goals the team has scored in a game in its nine-season history. The Fury last scored 15 goals against the Turlock Express on Feb. 4, 2017. Ontario's team record for most goals in a game is 26, set in the 2014-15 season.
After playing three games in seven days, the Fury will be able to regroup a little bit before taking the field again Monday, Feb. 7, against the Tacoma Stars. The game - the fourth game in a six-game home stand - will kickoff at 7 p.m. at Toyota Arena. Tickets for the game are on sale at the Toyota Arena box office or through the Ontario Fury's website at OntarioFury.com.
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