This week we learned that no one in the MASL is unbeatable as the Tacoma Stars ended the Monterrey Flash’s undefeated run at 13 games.
In all, five of the top eight teams lost last week, including the San Diego Sockers who had won 30 of their last 31 regular season games. It was their first regular season road loss since 1/28/18, ending a 19-game winning streak.
The Flash, Sockers, Baltimore Blast, Harrisburg Heat, St. Louis Ambush, and Turlock Cal Express split last week, keeping the rankings fairly stable, though San Diego dropped to third behind the surging Florida Tropics. Monterrey holds onto the top spot just by the sheer distance of their lead, but the Tropics have narrowed the gap considerably.
The Mesquite Outlaws continued to fall after two more losses.
It was tempting to move the Heat ahead of the Blast, but Harrisburg lost to San Diego, while the Blast beat the Sockers. And though the Heat are two games ahead of the Blast at the moment, the Blast’s next four games are against the Orlando SeaWolves and Rochester Lancers. The Blast will likely be 8-6 before Harrisburg starts their five-game road trip.
Friday brings mild intrigue with St. Louis going to Utica City, the Sonora Soles going to Turlock, and the Heat and Tacoma facing each other for the first time. Saturday, Sonora goes to the Ontario Fury.
But all eyes will be on Monday and Tuesday when the Sockers visit Monterrey and Sonora.
Last Week: 1
Monterrey finally lost a game this week after a 13-0 start, falling short of their 17-0 start in 2017-18. The Tacoma Stars, who were the lone blemish on the Sockers 23-1 regular season last year, again did the honors. The Flash then beat Mesquite 10-4 and it wasn’t even that close. Diego Reynoso and Edgar Gonzalez should be back very soon as well.
The Tropics impressive run continued, beating St. Louis 7-1, their franchise record tying 10th win.
The Sockers fell to 30-2 in their last 32 regular season games after a frustrating loss in Baltimore on the heels of a nice win in Harrisburg.
At first glance, the Wave appeared to show no mercy in a 15-3 win over Rochester, but the Wave did put in 37-year old rookie goalkeeper Michael Vollmer, an emergency call-up from the Muskegon Risers, for the game’s final 7:57 (he didn’t allow a goal).
William Vanzela came up huge against San Diego Saturday as the Blast stymied the Sockers, but Sunday it was the Heat shutting down the Blast, keeping Baltimore on the outside looking in for the final playoff spot.
Harrisburg gave San Diego a respectable challenge before falling 7-5, but the Heat were fueled by a Tavoy Morgan hat trick to beat the Blast 7-4 Sunday.
Last week we asked the real Ambush to stand up and they responded by nearly losing to the lowly SeaWolves before getting spanked by the Tropics. 39-year old Jason Norsic made his first start since 2009-10, but couldn’t hang around long enough to get the win in Orlando.
The Comets routed the Lancers. It’s what you do. If you want to save 15% or more on car insurance, you switch to GEICO. It’s what you do.
Sonora’s dominance on special teams (outscoring Mesquite 6-1 on the power play) was the difference in their 12-9 win.
Tacoma beat Monterrey and by the reaction of the team and the fans you’d think they’d just clinched a playoff spot on the last game of the year. It’s still kind of a big deal, though, for a struggling club.
The Fury beat Turlock on a late Franck Tayou goal to run their winning streak to two in a row.
The Skeeters gave up 22 goals in their Mexican voyage. The Soles and Flash improved to a combined 10-1 at home.
The losing streak ended at seven in a row thanks to a win over the team below. 👇
It took a team like the Sidekicks to end Turlock’s seven game losing streak. Dallas got outscored 6-1 after taking a 4-2 lead.
Orlando put a major scare into St. Louis, the most surprising SeaWolves performance since they upset the Blast.
After losing all 11 games so far by an average score of 11-3, the Lancers are becoming sentimental underdogs.