Mustangs keep perfect record intact

by Hunter Tickel

Bond scores team-best eighth goal 

ST. LOUIS (November 26, 2016) — Forward Taylor Bond continued his scintillating start to the season with a hat trick to lead Chicago to a 7-4 win against St. Louis.

Bond, who leads the Mustangs (3-0) with eight goals, scored with 6 minutes, 58 seconds left in the first quarter to regain the lead at 3-2 after trailing by 1. 

Out of the break, the Ambush (0-3) knotted the game at 3-3 on midfielder Carlos Contrerea's first of two goals.

Before three unanswered goals from the Mustangs, including defender Ephraim Beard's first of the campaign on a shot just inside the third line.

Following handball out of the box from Ambush keeper Casey Clark, Efrain "Wilo" Martinez just missed on the penalty shot. Bond couldn't be denied on the power play, as he converted a feed from midfielder Miguel Vaca to make it 5-3.

Midfielder Francisco "Paco" Gonzalez scored the next goal with 7:10 left, to put the game away. This was Paco's first appearance of the season.

Bond scored again to complete the hat trick on an empty net as the Ambush played with six field players as it attempted to rally.

Chicago couldn't have gotten off to a better start in the game, as defender Edwin Rojas' give-and-go with Vaca led to a goal less than 40 seconds into the game for his first of the season.

Forward Osvaldo Rojas got on the scoresheet for his fifth goal of the year, which is second best on the team. Forward Rodrigo Flores made his debut for the Mustangs. 

With the performance, Chicago is off to its first 3-0 start since 2013.