Harrisburg Heat Weekly
HEAT REMAIN IN PLAYOFF HUNT
HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 4, 2014 - Just because the Harrisburg Heat have finished the home portion of their 16- game schedule does not mean the season is over. Far from it.
With three road games left in the regular season, the 4-9 Heat remain in contention for the fourth and final playoff berth in the Professional Arena Soccer League's Eastern Division, one game behind the 5-8 Cincinnati Saints.
The Heat, who won two of the three games in their season series with Cincinnati, play this weekend at last-place Illi- nois (1-12) on Saturday before facing league-leading Chicago (14-0) on Sunday in their two-day trip before finishing the season Feb. 16 at Dallas (12-2).
Cincinnati plays this Sunday at Cleveland (9-5) before finishing the regular season on Feb. 15-16 with a home game against Detroit (8-5) and a road match at Chicago. The Saints are 1-2 this season against Cleveland, 0-3 against Detroit and 0-1 against Chicago.
The East's fourth-place finisher will open the playoffs on the road against the third seed with No. 1 Chicago and the second seed, either Cleveland or Detroit, each receiving a first-round bye. As the host team for the Final Four, Chicago also receives a bye into the semifinals of the 10-team tournament that also features the top three finishers from the Central and Pacific divisions.
PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE
The Heat will hold training sessions this week Wednesday and Thursday at Sports City Harrisburg, 4141 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg. The Wednesday session will run from 9-11 p.m. with Thursday's session going from 9:30-11:30 p.m.
The Heat are playing Illinois for the first time this season. They beat the Piasa 10-5 in their only meeting last season.
... Kenneth Fultz, the second-year forward out of Central Dauphin High School and Slippery Rock University, continues to make the most of his chances with 19 goals on just 37 shots. He also has three hat tricks this season. ...
Chris Hall, the recently signed forward from Warwick High and Lebanon Valley College, has scored a goal in each of his first five games since joining the Heat. He also has two assists. ... High-scoring Tom Mellor, the second-year for- ward from Manchester, England, has an on-going franchise record of 70 career points in only 25 games with the Heat.
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