The Major Arena Soccer League concluded its annual owners meetings on Friday night by treating its fans to a star-studded International Challenge at Family Arena where Team USA conquered Team World 13-9. Boxscore
Aside from a perfectly struck Taylor Bond goal in the first quarter that gave the USA a 1-0 lead, World goalkeeper Marcel Feenstra was the star of the first quarter.
The USA pierced him four times, however, in the second quarter, including Bond’s waffling shot that extended their lead to 4-2, a shot that Feenstra would surely want back.
Lucas Rodriguez scored to put USA up 5-2, but Jonatan Santos cut the deficit to 5-3 with a long shot from just inside the yellow line with 33 seconds left in the first half.
It was all USA early in the third quarter as Gordy Gurson, Alex Megson, and Bond greeted new World goalie Jesus Flores with three goals in quick succession and it looked like the rout was on at 8-3.
Things can turn around in a hurry in arena soccer and Ian Bennett got the World back in the game with a pair of goals. Forty-two seconds later Santos scored again and two minutes later Marcia Leite beat USA goalie Piotr Sliwa. Santos completed a hat trick with 1:08 to go in the third quarter, tying the game at 8-8.
Bennett notched his third of the night early in the fourth quarter to give the World their first lead of the game, but Matt Clare got his own rebound to tie the game again 32 seconds later.
The see saw continued 31 seconds after Clare’s goal when Megson gave the USA a 10-9 lead.
At 11:10 of the final frame, Bond “posterized” Leite and buried a left-footed bomb past Feenstra, who had returned to the nets to replace an injured Flores.
World coach Giuliano Oliviero went to the sixth attacker, perhaps too early, and the gambit backfired when Uzi Tayou sent one into the empty net of sixth attacker Hewerton Moreira.
Rodriquez capped off the scoring by letting his slow roller guide itself into the empty net on what was a prolonged 3v0 breakaway.
Bond led all scorers with six points on four goals and two assists. Megson was second on USA with two goals and two assists and Rodriguez finished with a hat trick. Hewerton was the World’s leading scorer with a goal and four assists.