Mustangs Handle Tulsa 9-1
Hoffman Estates, IL- The Chicago Mustangs, proud members of the Major Arena Soccer League (www.MASLSoccer.com), defeated the Tulsa Revolution 9-1 Sunday afternoon at the Sears Centre Arena.
After a disappointing loss in Milwaukee last weekend, the Mustangs came out with a full head of steam and something to prove against Tulsa. Just 59 seconds into the first quarter defenseman Taylor Bond kept his hot streak against Tulsa alive as he took a blocked Bogar Moreno shot and tapped it past goaltender Richard Nolasco to set the pace for a big day. Tulsa was unable to generate much pressure against the Mustangs in the first period and after a few decent opportunities, Chicago started to score in bunches. With 8 minutes to go in the first, defenseman Douglas Dos Santos dribbled through traffic and flipped a pass across to Hewerton that he swatted out of the air and past Nolasco for his 10th of the season giving Chicago a 2-0 lead. Less than 2 minutes later, 'Wilo' Martinez settled down an errant ball in front of the net and buried a shot under the hands of Nolasco for a quick 3-0 lead.
The second quarter started much like the first as Chicago came out feet on fire. 17 seconds into the second quarter, the Mustangs capitalized on a power play opportunity when forward Alexis Camarena sniped his 4th goal of the year from the corner past an unsuspecting Tulsa defense and a surprised Nolasco. The Mustangs kept control for much of the quarter and broke through again with 5 minutes left in the half as defenseman Joshio Sandoval rocked a ball off of the sliding foot of Nolasco and into the net to extend the lead to 5-0. Tulsa got on the board a few minutes later on a powerplay when midfielder Felipe Guedes took a shot off the boards and fired it at Jesus Flores with enough top-spin to roll over Flores after the initial block. Guedes' goal narrowed the gap and made the score 5-1 Chicago.
After scoring in the first minute in each of the first two quarters, the Mustangs saw plenty of opportunities to extend their lead but were unable to capitalize as Tulsa seemed to shore up a lot of their backside coverage while Nolasco played some phenomenal goalie to keep it manageable. After a few great saves, Hewerton finally knocked one home on the powerplay for his second of the day to extend the lead to 6-1 as the quarter came to a close.
Chicago added an insurance goal 5 minutes into the 4th quarter on a nice breakout that saw Wilo thread a pass to an open Omar Santillan who went upper 90 for his 10th goal of the season to beat Nolasco and extend the lead 7-1. Less than a minute later, midfielder Bogar Moreno dribbled across the goalie and booted one past him to add a little more cushion to the lead with his 5th goal of the year. With just a minute to go in the game, the Mustangs added their final point when defenseman Guilherme Veiga fed Camarena for his 2nd goal of the night to make the final score 9-1.
Offensive Player of the Game: Efrain "Wilo" Martinez, forward - 1 goal, 3 assists
Defensive Player of the Game: Jesus Flores, goalkeeper - 14 saves on 15 shots.
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