by Josh Hoeven

After the festivities of the New Year, the MASL kept the party going all through Week 6 with a variety of close games, high scores, comebacks and overtime victories.

Thursday, January 3, 2019
Mississauga MetroStars (2-5) vs Baltimore Blast (4-2)
2019 was kicked off by a 6-5 overtime win for the Blast over the MetroStars. The match was back and forth up until the very end, with 5 lead changes. After 2 goals from each team in the fourth, the 5-5 tie was ended in OT by a unassisted goal from Baltimore’s Sam Guernsey.

Ontario Fury (6-3) vs Turlock Express (0-7)
Ontario came back at home for a 6-2 win over the Turlock Express. The Express got off to an early lead with 2 goals in the first quarter, but the Fury, lead by Juan Carlos Gonzalez’s 2 goals and 1 assist, would score 6 unanswered goals in the second half for the win.

Friday, January 4, 2019
El Paso Coyotes (1-4) vs Tacoma Stars (4-3)
El Paso’s first win of the season was a 9-7 victory over the Tacoma Stars. The teams traded goals at an even rate for most of the match, exchanging leads 6 times until the fourth when the Coyotes pulled ahead. El Paso’s Diego Salas tallied 2 goals and 3 assists, while Jorge Rios netted a hat trick.

Turlock Express (0-7) vs San Diego Sockers (6-1)
After Turlock’s Jorge Carmona scored the first goal of the match, San Diego scored 8 unanswered goals to secure a 8-1 victory. Brandon Escoto lead the Sockers on offense with 2 goals and 1 assist, and keeper Boris Pardo sported an .857 save percentage on the defensive front.

Saturday, January 5, 2019
Mississauga MetroStars (2-5) vs Milwaukee Wave (6-0)
The Wave earned an 8-2 victory on the road at Mississauga on Saturday. Milwaukee’s Ricardinho Sobreira lead all scorers with 4 points on a hat trick and 1 assist, but the whole team contributed to the win, with their other 5 goals coming from 5 different Wave players.

Dallas Sidekicks (4-4) vs El Paso Coyotes (1-4)
In a high scoring match, Dallas took a 10-9 victory over El Paso. Dallas entered the second half trailing 6-2, but fought back to take a 9-7 lead in the fourth. El Paso tied the game 9-9 to send it to overtime, where 92 seconds passed before VcMor Eligwe completed his hat trick with a golden goal.

St. Louis Ambush (4-4) vs Florida Tropics (3-5)
St. Louis secured a 5-4 home victory against the Florida Tropics. Florida’s Victor Parreiras struck first with an unassisted goal, but the Ambush netted 5 goals in the second quarter and held the lead for the remainder of the match. Zach Reget had 2 goals, while Felipe Silva had 1 goal and 1 assist.

San Diego Sockers (6-1) vs Ontario Fury (6-3)
In yet another match that came down to overtime, the Sockers came back in the fourth quarter from a 2-0 deficit for a 3-2 victory over Ontario. San Diego’s Kraig Chiles found Brandon Escoto to tie the match late in the fourth, and Escoto found the net once more in overtime for the golden goal.

Sunday, January 6, 2019
Utica City FC (5-2) vs Milwaukee Wave (6-0)
Milwaukee took a 7-4 victory over Utica City FC in Sunday’s “Beer Bowl”. Utica scored the first goal 8 minutes into the match, but then unassisted goals from Luan Oliveira and Max Ferdinand took the lead before the quarter ended, earning a lead that Milwaukee would keep for the rest of the match.

Kansas City Comets (3-4) vs Florida Tropics (3-5)
The Comets earned their first home win of the season in a 7-2 victory over the Tropics. Kansas City jumped out to a 4-0 lead early, and held Florida scoreless for 3 quarters. Bryan Perez netted 2 goals, and assisted James Togbah on the first power play goal allowed by the Tropics this season.

Monterrey Flash (3-1) vs Dallas Sidekicks (4-4)
The Monterrey Flash defeated the Sidekicks 8-2 at home in the Arena Monterrey on Sunday. Dallas was held scoreless save for 2 goals in the second quarter, and Monterrey’s Miguel Vaca and Hector Flores each tallied 1 goal and 2 assists on the match.

Rio Grande Valley Barracudas (2-3) vs Tacoma Stars (4-3)
RGV defended their home field from the Tacoma Stars with an 8-4 win. The teams had a slow start, entering the second half tied at 1-1, but the Barracudas opened things up with 4 unanswered goals in the third quarter and held the lead the rest of the match.