The rule is never count out the Blast, but we haven’t see anything like this in Baltimore in many years. The Blast fell to 2-4 after two embarrassing losses, and the last time they finished a season with a losing record was 2004-05.
Losing to the loaded Florida Tropics in itself is not embarrassing, but losing 7-2 was a statement. No biggie, though, just beat 0-5 Orlando’s shell of an organization and go home with a split. Nope! Omar Tapia’s goal with 57 seconds left gave the SeaWolves an unlikely 5-4 win. The Blast currently sit two games behind the Harrisburg Heat for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Following a win and two overtime losses, we were ready to heap all praise on Leo Gibson and move the Kansas City Comets up after a 5-4 win in Mesquite, but a 5-2 loss in Dallas the next night keeps them in the MASL’s squishy pile of also-rans.
Ontario turned things around with a pair of wins, which contributed to Tacoma and Turlock’s 0-2 weekends. Franck Tayou scored five goals in each win. Jermaine Jones was serving precision crosses. Uzi Tayou was blocking shots. Justin Stinson was scoring amazing goals.
Eight teams will make the MASL playoffs, but only six teams currently have a winning record, while another two are squarely at .500.
Coming up on this holiday weekend, the Sidekicks host the Outlaws for the first time, with many of their former fans rooting for the away team. The Stars make a rare trip to St. Louis and Kansas City.
Saturday the Heat will take another crack at Utica City on the road in a rematch of their battle royale. The Tropics will host the Wave in the biggest game of the week. Sunday, the Blast and City will face off in Utica to close out their 2019 schedules.
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Ian Bennett and Max Ferdinand ran up the score on the Lost-at-SeaWolves as expected.
Here they go again. The Sockers have won five in a row and 26 of their last 27 regular season games.
The Tropics are still undefeated with Milwaukee, and now Baltimore, as early season conquests. Florida pulled away from the Blast in the third quarter and never looked back in their 7-2 win Saturday.
That’s more like it. Franck Tayou finally looked like he was having fun as he reeled off 10 goals in two games, including a natural hat trick +1 against Tacoma. Uzi Tayou also was a key contributor last weekend and Justin Stinson scored the goal of the year.
The Blast knew they had to get serious after losing to Utica and Florida, but they somehow still lost to an 0-5 Orlando team whose owner and, subsequently, most of their veterans left town, and were coming off a 10-2 loss at home the night before.
VcMor Eligwe is one of the strongest players in the league, but he spent most of Saturday’s loss on the turf and got very few calls to show for it. The Outlaws are going to need him to power through and drag defenders to the goal like we’ve seen the last two years.
Last year the 2-1 Stars went to Ontario and San Diego and pulled off two wins to improve to 4-1, the pinnacle of their season. In the same situation this year, however, the Stars lost at Ontario and blew a 4-1 lead in San Diego to fall to 2-3.
Turlock put a major scare into the Sockers, who were trying to prove their season opening loss to the Cal Express was a fluke. San Diego did barely manage to hold on for a win. After Turlock’s fifth straight one-goal game however, they returned to some familiar territory with an 8-3 loss at Ontario Sunday.
The Comets defense has improved significantly under Leo Gibson this year and Kansas City picked up a big win in Mesquite, only to lay an egg in Dallas the next night, scoring an anemic two goals in the 5-2 loss.
With everything going against them, the SeaWolves predictably dropped a 10-2 home game against Milwaukee. With similar circumstances the next night, Orlando pulled off a 5-4 win over visiting Baltimore, possibly the biggest upset in years.
In a game we identified as one of the few winnable games on the Sidekicks schedule, Dallas came away with a 5-2 win over the visiting Comets, who were on the second game of a back-to-back.