SeaWolves Survive Wild Shootout in 12-7 Win over Mississauga
The Shootout at the Silver Spurs Arena Saturday night will go down in the record books for many things, but the most important record to the new Major Arena Soccer League team, the Orlando SeaWolves will be the FIRST franchise win for the team.
Orlando (1-2) got a hat trick from former Orlando City USL midfielder Jonathan Mendoza on the way to a 12-7 victory over the MetroStars (1-3).
It didn’t take the SeaWolves long to open the scoring. Boden held up the ball on the right side of the Mississauga zone. He slipped the ball to the top of the area to Turner, who slid it left for Mendoza, who fired. The shot got through starting goalkeeper Spyros Stergiotis and trickled in to make it 1-0 just 3:14 into the game. It was Mendoza’s first goal with the SeaWolves and it had a full-bodied Orlando City flavor with Turner and Boden being heavily involved.
The clock wound down and Orlando had its first franchise victory. The SeaWolves ended up being out-shot, 33-30 (26-21 on goal) and went two-for-three on the power play while killing off the only Mississauga opportunity. Orlando committed 14 fouls to the MetroStars’ eight.
The SeaWolves will go on the road to take on the Florida Tropics next Saturday at 7:05 p.m. in Lakeland.