PARK CITY — The last time Rochester played in Wichita, it ended a four-game home winning streak for the Wings, and started a five -game losing streak that bled into Saturday’s game against ... Rochester.
In order for the Wings to make the MISL playoffs, Wichita needs to start winning, and the Wings ending their losing streak and defeating the Lancers 14-11.
“I think in a twisted way we like to have our backs up against the wall,” Wichita’s Daniel Villegas said. “It’s really not the ideal way of thinking but right now our backs are against the wall more than ever, and look what we did, we came from behind again.”
Rochester scored a quick goal only 1:30 after the game started. But Wichita answered when Andrew Hoxie put a shot into the upper right corner of the goal. Only 19 seconds later, Wichita’s Adrian Gonzalez rebounded Freddy Moojen’s shot for another goal.
Rochester scored a three-point goal early in the second quarter, but Hoxie and Villegas combined for a give-and-go to get past Rochester’s goalkeeper and score another Wichita goal. Miguel Ferrer scored one more goal 22 seconds before halftime, to give the Wings an 8-5 lead.
“We had to change our tactics to fit the opponent. We made a very, very concentrated effort to press the point of attack,” Wichita coach LeBaron Hollimon said. “We’ve got our defenders pressing the field so that we can win balls in the middle half of the field, as opposed to always winning them in our defensive third of the field.”
Rochester shut Wichita down in the third quarter, and took a one-point lead with two goals.
“We just told them that (Rochester) was sitting five behind the ball and we were trying to pass, pass, pass and wait for the perfect shot, the perfect opportunity. We said, ‘start shooting, just start shooting,’” Hollimon said. “Once we started shooting it started creating our goal scoring opportunities, and that was the difference.”
Wichita maintained most of the offensive pressure in the fourth quarter but could not get a goal. But with 3:32 remaining, Wichita’s Kareem Yearwood scored to give Wichita a one-point lead—the momentum Wichita needed.
“You get one goal and the momentum shifts, that’s why it’s so important defensively to stay focused, because one goal can change the whole game,” Hoxie said. “We were able to exploit their defense and finally put a few away.”
Hoxie stole the ball from Rochester’s goalkeeper and scored to complete a hat trick less than a minute after Yearwood’s goal, and Alex Moseley scored 71 seconds later.
Wichita is 1 1/2 gamesbehind Chicago for the last playoff spot, with six games remaining.
Scoring—Rochester, Pedrinho (unassisted), 1:30; Wichita, Hoxie (Mesle), 9:17; Wichita, Gonzalez (Moojen), 9:36. Penalties—none.
Scoring—Rochester, Salles (three-point) (unassisted), 4:07; Wichita, Hoxie (Villegas), 12:16; Wichita, Ferrer (Moseley), 14:38. Penalties—none.
Scoring—Rochester, Knapp (McNeley), 1:13; Rochester, McNeley (unassisted), 9:41. Penalties—none.
Scoring—Wichita, Yearwood (unassisted), 11:28; Wichita, Hoxie (unassisted), 12:20; Wichita, Moseley (Ferrer), 13:31; Rochester, Miller (Martinez), 14:04. Penalties—none.
Shots—Rochester, 6-3-2-3—14; Wichita, 4-8-5-6—23.
Goalies—Rochester, Hannigan 16 on 22 shots, Ortiz, 0 on 1 shot; Wichita, Carvalho 9 on 14 shots.