Chicago completes dramatic comeback

by Hunter Tickel

Mustangs score 6 goals in 5 minutes  

CHICAGO (Dec. 18, 2016) – Chicago finished six goals in less than five minutes to open the fourth quarter to flip a 6-2 deficit into a 8-6 lead en route to a 10-7 win against Syracuse.

Forward Taylor Bond, who had a hat trick for his team-leading 16th goal of the year, finished a long ball from defender Ephraim Beard seven seconds into the final period to kick start a comeback for the ages. Then, 29 seconds later Beard scored from a tight angle from the left wing.

Bond brought the Mustangs (5-2) within one goal with 13:17 left. Less than a minute later, defender Edwin Rojas knotted the game at 6.

The Mustangs continued the blitz as Francisco "Paco" Gonzalez buried a right-footed volley from the right wing off of a rebound from midfielder Miguel Vaca for the team's first lead of the game. The Mustangs went up 8-6 as E. Rojas fed Bond off the back wall.

The Silver Knights (1-4) had no response as Chicago outscored them 8-1 in the fourth quarter, it was the most goals Chicago has scored in a quarter this season.

This marked the third win at home this season for Chicago, after trailing by multiple goals in the final quarter.  

Midfielder Ross Bristow made his Mustang debut. Vaca, who scored once, and defender Luis "Peewee" Ortega, who scored once, returned from injury after sitting out the previous game.

Defender Stefan Mijatovic appeared in his first game since Nov. 27 and scored a goal. Forward Juan De La Cruz added a goal for the Mustangs.

The Silver Knights were led in scoring by midfielder Antonio Manfut with three goals.