Mustangs drop home-finale
Chicago concedes 2 short-handed goals before halftime
CHICAGO (Feb. 26, 2017) — In a span of three and a half minutes, the Chicago Mustangs suffered two short-handed goals that swung the momentum of the game.
The Mustangs lost to Ontario 7-5 at the Sears Centre Arena in their home-finale.
With 3:26 left in the half, defender Luis “Peewee” Ortega was whistled for an elbow on an Ontario player while in possession of the ball. He received a blue card as well as two yellow cards. He was forced two sit out the next 12 minutes of the match.
Then, keeper Jesus Flores collected the ball in the box and absorbed a late kick by midfielder Maicon De Abreau. This prompted defender Ephraim Beard to shove Abreau into the net.
Beard was subsequently ejected and the Mustangs were forced to play two-men down. Less than a minute later, Ontario went back on top for good as forward Leonardo De Oliveira fed forward Tino Nunez for the finish.
The Fury (11-8) tacked on one more goal before the half with a man-advantage as Oliveira blasted a shot into the upper 90 with 19.4 seconds left in the half.
After falling behind 6-3 in the third frame, the Mustangs (10-9) pulled within one on goals from forwards Juan De La Cruz and Taylor Bond, but couldn’t complete the comeback.
In the first half, midfielder Francisco “Paco” Gonzalez scored his seventh goal of the season, midfielder Efrain “Wilo” Martinez scored his 11th and midfielder Douglas Dos Santos bagged his ninth.
The Mustangs close the season on Sunday, March 5 in Milwaukee with a kick-off at 2:05 p.m.
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