Mustangs silence St. Louis in OT

by Hunter Tickel

Mustangs remain lone unbeaten MASL team

CHICAGO (November 27, 2016) — Defender Luis "Peewee" Ortega hammered home the golden goal after a give-and-go with midfielder Miguel Vaca to complete Chicago's comeback in overtime.

Chicago remained the only unbeaten team in the league after overcoming a two-goal deficit in the fourth quarter en route to a 6-5 win against St. Louis at the Sears Centre Arena.

Following a 4-3 Ambush lead at the break, the Mustangs were held scoreless in the third frame, before falling behind 5-3 after a midfielder Carlos Contreras finish with 13 minutes, 40 seconds left.

The resilient Mustangs applied pressure to the Ambush before finding their first goal of the half, when keeper Jesus Flores fed forward Osvaldo Rojas on the left wing, he spun and scored with less than four minutes remaining.

Chicago amped its push to extend the game by moving to six attackers with 1:55 to go. It took just 11 seconds for it to work as Peewee's blast forced a rebound that forward Taylor Bond finished with his head for his 10th goal of the year.  

This setup a second-straight win in overtime at home by the Mustangs, on Peewee's finish.

The Mustangs (4-0) opened their scoring account on the day with 10:37 remaining in the first quarter, one second into the power play, as midfielder Rodrigo Flores sent a screaming pass to the back post for midfielder Miguel Vaca to finish. It was Vaca's second goal of the season.

After the Ambush (0-4) answered with back-to-back goals, defender Edwin Rojas kept Chicago in the game with two clutch plays.First, he won the ball with a slide tackle and fed Bond.

Peewee beat two defenders with tight, quick touches on the right wing wall, before dishing to E. Rojas off the back wall for another goal to make it 3-3.

The Mustangs are off to their first 4-0 start since the PASL championship season in 2013-14. The Mustangs have a one and a half game lead in the Central Division.