PARK CITY — Friday’s Missouri-Wings soccer game eerily resembled Wednesday’s match between the teams, which the Comets won 10-7.
But the Wings’ Edvin Worley decided to tweak the ending a little bit, scoring with 1:36 left to play Friday and giving Wichita a 12-10 victory at Hartman Arena.
“Hopefully, it was one of those games that keeps the fans coming back,” Wings coach LeBaron Hollimon said. “We talked about that: If we get up, let’s do a better job of closing the game out.”
The triumph was the first for the Wings (4-7) in four games against the Comets (8-6), with two head-to-head matches remaining. The next one is next Saturday at Hartman Arena.
Just like Wednesday, Wichita broke on top early, scoring four first-period goals for a quick 8-0 lead. But in the second period, Missouri stormed back, scoring four times, and only Jamar Beasley’s power-play goal midway through the period kept Wichita ahead at halftime, 10-8.
The squads couldn’t find their scoring touch in the third period. Wings goalie Sanaldo Carvalho had five of his 12 saves in the period, and his Comets counterpart, Danny Waltman, made two of his six.
In the fourth period, the pressure remained high, and shots by both teams hit the posts and crossbars. But then, Missouri tied the score at 10-10 on an unassisted goal by Byron Alvarez at the 2:46 mark.
However, the Wings drove back into the Missouri zone with less than two minutes left, and a Waltman save rebounded to Worley, who blasted the ball into the net from 25 yards out for the game-winner.
“The ball just popped out to me, and all I could think of was shoot,” a jubilant Worley said. “I just put all my power behind it so he had no chance to get it.”
He said it was special to get the victory at home.
“We did it for my fans, our team, it was a great win at home,” he said. “We can’t (afford) to lose games at home, so it was good to take this one away, and regroup for next week.”
The victory gives the Wings a point in the I-35 Series promotion and closes the gap to 3-1. The crystal traveling trophy was shown to the fans at halftime.
The Wings, who jumped to a 7-2 lead in Wednesday’s game, got the first four goals this time, by Alex Moseley, Alargie Jobe, Freddy Moojen and Kevin Ten Eyck. Ten Eyck also assisted on Moseley’s and Jobe’s goals.
John Sosa got Missouri’s first goal nearly two minutes into the second period on an assist by Neto. Geison, Leo Gibson and Neto also scored unassisted goals in the period.
Missouri 0 8 0 2 —10
Wings 8 2 0 2 —12
First quarter — 1. Moseley, W, (Ten Eyck), 12:01; 2. Jobe, W, (Ten Eyck), 8:49; 3. Moojen, W, (Cushing), 7:43; 4. Ten Eyck, W, (unassisted), 5:42. Penalty — Neto, M, (tripping), 4:41.
Second quarter — 5. Sosa, M, (Neto), 13:04; 6. Geison, M, (unassisted), 10:14; 7. Beasley, W, (Lemons), 6:56; 8. Gibson, M, (unassisted), 1:51; 9. Neto, M, (unassisted), 1:14. Penalties — Rodriguez, M, (tripping), 12:43; Jobe, W, (holding), 12:17; Quiroz, W, (pushing), 10:43; Assadpour, M, (kicking), 10:43; Cristiano, M, (boarding), 7:05. Third quarter — no scoring.
Third quarter — none. Penalties — none.
Fourth quarter — 10. Alvarez (unassisted), 2:46; 11. Worley, W, (unassisted), 1:36. Penalties — none.
Shots — Missouri, 0-7-5-6—18; Wichita 7-3-2-1—13.
Saves — Missouri (Waltman) 2-2-2-0—6; Wichita (Carvalho) 0-2-5-5—12.
A — 5,000.