Mustangs Topple Previously Unbeaten Sidekicks in OT
Hoffman Estates, IL. – On Sunday the Chicago Mustangs (8-2) showed the PASL that they are a serious contender when they beat the Dallas Sidekicks (8-1) in a thrilling overtime game at Grand Sports Arena.
The Mustangs took the lead just 2:19 into the game with a goal from Nestor Hernández but it did not take long for the Sidekicks to answer back with a goal at the 5:09 mark. Hernández would strike again just 50 seconds later giving the Mustangs a 2-1 lead. Physical play and a goaltenders duel would be the story for the rest of the half leaving the score at 2-1 going into the break.
The Sidekicks owned the third quarter with two uncontested goals by Frank Mbemba and Jamie Lovegrove; the powerplay goals would give the Sidekicks a 3-2 lead going into the final quarter.
An intense fourth quarter would have the Mustangs leading by 2 with just 2:47 left in regulation. The Sidekicks decision to add the extra attacker paid off twice and a last second save by veteran goaltender, Sagu, would send this match into overtime.
Overtime was filled with opportunities for both teams and it was a goal by Bryan Velazquez 4:57 into overtime that would keep the Mustangs undefeated at home and send the Sidekicks home with their first loss. “We can’t talk about victory now,” said Mustangs defender Jay Harris, “we won, but there is still a lot of work to be done.”
The Chicago Mustangs are on the road for the next 3 contests playing the Texas Strikers on January 11th at 7:05 PM. The following day they will play in Dallas for a rematch against the Sidekicks at 7:00 PM and on the 19th the Mustangs travel to Rockford for an 8:05 PM match against the Rampage. The Mustangs will return home on Sunday, January 27th to host the Detroit Waza at 4:30 PM here at Grand Sports Arena. For more information and to purchase tickets please call 847.805.6633 or log on to www.ChicagoMustangsPro.com. The Chicago Mustangs are proud members of the PASL (www.PASLsoccer.com).