If you wanted to see a classic indoor soccer match, you only needed to watch one game last night. After a tight 1st and second 2nd quarters, that saw both teams head into the half tied at 3, The B-52’s came out of the break and suffered their chronic 3rd quarter struggles giving up 4 unanswered goals in the 3rd and hopes of a series sweep in serious jeopardy.
But Wichita boys Alex Moseley and Kevin Ten Eyck weren’t quite done. Moseley and Ten Eyck each grabbed two goals in the 4th (both recording hat tricks in the game), cutting St. Louis’ lead to one and keeping Wichita’s hopes alive. And just when it looked like time would expire and the series would end 2-1, Wichita’s Shadow Sebele, who had spent his time between shifts vomiting in the player’s box, hit a game tying goal with .1 seconds left on the clock sending the game into sudden-death overtime.
The story of the OT period would be Wichita’s Johnny Markey. After a shot attempt by Markey was deflected by Ambush keeper Kevin Corby, Wichita’s Carlos Filho played it off the boards where Markey was in perfect position to play the rebound and hit an incredible bicycle kick ending the game 9-8.
While the play of Moseley, Ten Eyck, Shadow and Markey can’t be ignored, the goal tending by Wichita’s Boris Pardo can’t be understated. Pardo was 24 of 32 and lights out during several onslaughts by the Ambush offense.
It was a complete team effort and an incredible comeback, that left the home crowd stunned, on the road for the Orange who go on to face The Milwaukee Wave this afternoon at 3. Wichita will need to carry that momentum and be on top of their game when they take the black turf in Milwaukee as a win won’t come easy. Wichita is now 8 and 6 on the season and a win today would put them 3rd place in the division and in control of their own destiny for a run at the playoffs.
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