Wichita B-52s Home Opener vs Illinois Report and Trip to Las Vegas this Weekend
Wichita, Kansas - November 12, 2013 - Saturday night at Hartman Arena was electric, as Wichitans experienced the thrill of indoor soccer again. The home opener was a hard fought battle as the B-52s struggled early to establish control of the game. After trailing the first three quarters (1-3, 4-6, 6-7), Casey Barton launched a rally with his equalizer with only 13 minutes left in the game (assisted by Clare). Less than two minutes later, Heviel Cordoves buried his second on the night to give the B-52s their first lead of the game. Illinois pulled back level with eight minutes left of regulation-time through Blake Ordell. The B-52s earned a free kick at the top of the arch, with six minutes left. Alex Moseley lined up to take the kick, faked the shot, and laid it off to his left where Matt Clare was winding up. Clare struck the ball firmly with the inside of his right foot and tucked away the B-52s' ninth goal of the night, his second, and game winner! The home fans rose to their feet, waved their rally towels, and cheered until the clock ticked down, celebrating the B-52s' first win of the franchise!
"The atmosphere was beyond believable. Soccer belongs in this town, without a doubt. Walking on [the pitch], even just during warm-ups, things felt like home. When we went down 3 goals right away, we knew that the support was still there for us to rally back and go on and get the win. Scoring a game winning goal is always going to be memorable, but the team is much more important than myself. I am asked by our coaches to do certain things and one in which is to score goals. We did that, and we won." Matt Clare, Midfielder, described.
"I am very pleased with the outcome here tonight, not to say that we played the best possible game we can, but because when we made mistakes, we made up for them. The guys fought hard for each other every shift, stayed positive, and pulled it out in the end. We still have a lot of room for improvement and will strive every week to get better and better, which is all I can ask from the team. If we are making progress in the right direction then everything else will take care of itself. I gave the players the weekend to enjoy the win but on Monday, it is time to focus and use the week's training to prepare for Las Vegas, a very good team that is currently undefeated." said Coach Larry Inlow.
B-52s on the score sheet: Pittman (3), Clare (2), Cordoves (2), Barton (1), Hobson (1)
Shots on goal: Wichita 52 - 25 Illinois
Penalties: Wichita 14 - 13 Illinois
Saves: Wichita 17 - 43 Illinois
It was a historical night for the B-52s. We want to thank the incredible fans for the amazing display of support and encouragement all the way to the final buzzer. We also want to thank all of the youth soccer players that came out and represented the future of Wichita soccer.
First quarter - 1, Illinois, Anzalone (Crook) 1:06; 2, Illinois, Ordell (Frierdich) 1:33; 3, Wichita, Cordoves 4:12; 4, Illinois, Ordell (Frierdich) 4:18; 5, Wichita, Pittman 9:23; 6, Illinois, Kordic 12:41.
Second quarter - 7, Wichita, Clare (Moseley), 0:14; 8, Wichita, Pittman 0:42; 9, Illinois, Sabotic (Cavka), 4:31; 10, Illinois, Ibricic (Sabotic), 6:22.
Third quarter - 11, Wichita, Pittman (Cordoves), 0:21; 12, Wichita, Hobson (Newby), 2:20; 13, Illinois, Sabotic 5:35.
Fourth quarter - 14, Wichita, Barton (Clare), 2:05; 15, Wichita, Cordoves 3:51; 16, Illinois, Ordell 6:58; 17, Wichita, Clare (Moseley) 9:09.
The B-52s fly to Las Vegas to face the undefeated Legends this Saturday (11/16) at 9:05 central time. In their inaugural season last year, the Legends were crowned champions of the Southwest Division, with a 13 and 3 record. They had their eye on the Ron Newman Cup, but were knocked out in the semi-finals by the San Diego Sockers, who when on to win it all. The Legends are 3 and 0 in their second PASL season having defeated Bay Area Rosal, Sacramento Surge, and the Toros Mexico, all of the Pacific Division. The B-52s are hoping to see a return of veteran Defender Chris Lemons from injury to halt the league's current leading goal-scorer Enrique Tovar.
Next Saturday, November 23rd, the B-52s will be back at Hartman Arena to face Hidalgo La Fiera at 7:05pm. La Fiera were the Central Division's runner-up last year and Ron Newman Cup semi-finalists, getting eliminated by Detroit. Currently, the La Fiera boast the same 1 and 1 record as Wichita. But the visitors will have two matches before ours, one of which is against Tulsa the night before coming to Wichita in a double-header weekend. They opened their season to a record crowd of over 9,600 in Monterrey, Mexico and narrowly lost in overtime. They bounced right back in their home opener and beat the Texas Strikers 13-1.
The B-52s will be promoting Breast Cancer Awareness on the 23rd . More details of this will be available soon.
Single game tickets, season tickets and group tickets are available! To purchase, or for more information, contact the B-52s home office at (316) 440-2505 or email@example.com or swing by 420 E. English -Suite B (Mon-Fri 10-6). General admission tickets will be available on game day at the box office (walk-up) and will be seated in section 108. Tickets can also be purchased through Hartman Arena at (316) 927-3999.
Don't miss any of the action! All games will be announced LIVE on KGSO 1410 with Dan Lucero, with coverage beginning 15 minutes before kick-off. Online streaming will be available for only $8 a game at http://www.americaonesports.com/partner_members.asp?id=490 (must create an account and download a plug-in) Thank you for your support and LET'S GO B-52s!!
• Discuss this story on the Professional Arena Soccer League message board...
Professional Arena Soccer League Stories from November 12, 2013
- Professional Arena Soccer League Update - PASL
- Ontario Fury Q&A with PASL Commissioner Kevin Milliken - Ontario Fury
- Wichita B-52s Home Opener vs Illinois Report and Trip to Las Vegas this Weekend - Wichita B-52s
The opinions expressed in this release are those of the organization issuing it, and do not necessarily reflect the thoughts or opinions of OurSports Central or its staff.