If there was a big story in Week 4 it was the flat debut of Franck Tayou and the Ontario Fury. Even sure-footed Chris Toth was guilty of a few costly bad passes that led directly to goals by the San Diego Sockers and Tacoma Stars.
It’s a long season, and the Fury haven’t even had their home opener yet, but they have to be disappointed with themselves after a 4-2 loss in San Diego Friday and an 8-5 loss in Tacoma Sunday. It took the Fury 51:10 to even dent the scoreboard against the Sockers.
The Turlock Cal-nderella Express matched last year’s win total with their 6-5 win over the Sonora Soles, their fourth straight one-goal game.
Utica City got a huge come-from-behind win at SECU Arena to extend their lead over the Baltimore Blast. The St. Louis Ambush got their first win of the year, in overtime, over the Kansas City Comets.
Coming up, the Sockers will look for revenge in Turlock and Ontario will try to avenge their most recent loss when they host Tacoma Friday. Saturday, the Blast will travel to the undefeated Florida Tropics, while the Mesquite Outlaws will test their mettle against the Kansas City Comets.
Sunday we’ll see if the winless Dallas Sidekicks can beat a road weary Comets teams.
The Orlando SeaWolves, 0-4 and beset by rumors of existential uncertainty, were done no favors by the league schedule makers as they have Saturday-Sunday home games against the Milwaukee Wave and Baltimore.
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Monterrey’s 10-6 win belied their three quarters struggle against the Sidekicks, but Dallas continued a four-year trend of failing to close out games.
Luckily for the Sockers, the only thing they love more than hitting goalposts is playing defense. San Diego has won three straight, allowing only eight goals in that stretch.
Utica-City-Favors-Califino beat the Blast at SECU Arena for the fourth time, rallying this time from a 5-3 deficit to win 7-6 in overtime on Ben Ramin’s goal.
The Tropics are 3-0 against Orlando after losing the season series last year 4-2.
The Blast are looking a little vulnerable after losing to Utica for the second time in three meetings.
The Heat continue their rollercoaster against high-flying Utica and low-riding Rochester, who represent their first eight scheduled opponents. The next four games are on the road, where the Heat are 3-11 since the start of last season.
The Stars let Ontario back in the game briefly, but then took over again on Jamael Cox’s little redirect and two empty net goals.
For the first time this year we considered Turlock the favorites and they came through, holding on for a 6-5 win over visiting Sonora. Manuel Rojo came into the season with five goals in 45 career games, but has seven goals in four games already this season.
The much anticipated debut of the new-look Fury fell flat with two losses over the weekend. Yes, both games were on the road against respectable opponents with star goalkeepers, but the Fury showed very little offensive proclivity in their first two games.
Off the field, the Ambush’s crowd was seriously impacted by a snowstorm, but the team added a new owner, signed Qudus Lawal, convinced Andre Braithwaite he would look OK in teal, and beat the Comets in overtime.
Overtime is the Comets enemy, but losing one goal games on the road, albeit against suspect opponents, is not a bad result for a rebuilding team.
Sonora lost a one-goal game in Turlock and then gave San Diego a real battle on Sunday. The Soles never really threatened the Sockers lead but both teams were engaged in a high intensity, physical affair.
The SeaWolves lost another game and team owner/general manager/coach Chris Kokalis has apparently left the team and could not be reached for comment, and the team declined to comment.
In what seems like a classic Bozas-era collapse, the Sidekicks turned a 4-3 lead into a 10-6 loss in less than 15 minutes.
Rochester is getting their feet under them, but this is going to take a while.