And then there were two. The 12-0 Monterrey Flash and 10-0 San Diego Sockers are the last two undefeated MASL teams. The Milwaukee Wave found out they liked losing so much they did it twice this weekend.
The Baltimore Blast threw some cold water on the Syracuse Silver Knights, one of last week’s high flyers, but Soles de Sonora remained hot and were joined on the express elevator by the Tacoma Stars.
The Cedar Rapids Rampage were this week’s biggest loser, falling to a struggling Harrisburg Heat team, who have played tough against Baltimore, but poorly against everyone else of late. The Rampage also traded rusty scoring machine Taylor Bond to the Stars, who hope to grease him up and unleash him on the Pacific Division.
Syracuse is the dubious beneficiary of this week’s gonzo scheduling. The Silver Knights fly to St. Louis Friday for a 7:35pm game, have to play at noon Saturday in Milwaukee, and then return to St. Louis Sunday for a 3:05pm start time.
The game of the week should be San Diego at Sonora on Saturday. It will be a big weekend for the Sockers who also play Ontario on Thursday and Sunday.
|The Flash had their Battle of the Undefeateds ruined by Sonora, but still pulled off a convincing 14-10 win over Milwaukee to improve to 12-0.|
|The Sockers manhandled the streaking Stars to run their record to 10-0.|
|The Blast were up to their old tricks, breaking Silver Knights fans’ hearts in overtime.|
|The Wave suffered a triple-whammy, losing 15-10 in Sonora, 14-10 in Monterrey, and Robert Renaud for the season.|
|Syracuse came within 16 seconds of beating the Blast. Everyone has tales of the times they almost beat Baltimore.|
|The Soles officially rejoined the party with their fourth straight win, sending the then-12-0 Wave to their first defeat.|
|St. Louis is now 3-30 the last two years after beating Florida a SECOND time. Somehow the Tropics went home with a 5-2 lead after the third quarter in the 7-5 loss and St. Louis could only score five goals playing 6v0 for 15 minutes. Admit it, it sounds plausible.|
|It only took Nick Perera four games to become the Stars leading scorer, and now they have added Taylor Bond, turning the team’s offensive weakness into a potential strength.|
|The Fury were uncharacteristically quiet at the trade deadline and losing back to back games to the Stars and barely winning in Turlock should sound a wake-up call.|
|The Rampage have lost four of five, two coaches (or three?), two veteran defenders, their starting goalkeeper and now Taylor Bond is on his way to Tacoma. Meanwhile if they lose to the Wave they will fall to 6-9.|
|Five straight losses have slipped them behind the streaking Soles. Christian Gutierrez averaged over 2.5 goals per game last year but has only five in his last seven games.|
|The Heat scraped out a win over the sliding Rampage, but then got promptly blown out in Kansas City and lost Lucio Gonzaga for three games thanks to a dirty elbow.|
|The Comets won two in a row, which was enough to nearly erase a 3.5 game deficit for second place in the Central Division.|
|The Ambush got their first road win since February 13, 2016, ending a 17-game road losing streak.|
|Turlock chucked two more losses on the fire, but took Ontario to overtime before losing.|