METROSTARS END HOMESTAND ON A LOSING NOTE AS UTICA CITY EARN 8-4 VICTORY
Bo Jelovac netted a hattrick while Ben Ramin had a pair of goals as Eastern Division leaders Utica City FC defeated the Mississauga MetroStars 8-4 to earn their 12th win of the season and third over the expansion MetroStars in a MASL match Friday evening at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre in Mississauga.
The MetroStars took the lead in the match with just under 3:00 to play in the first quarter on a goal by Mo Babouli, his 14th of the season, on a second effort after his first shot missed the target. But Jelovac equalized just 13 seconds later when he struck a right foot shot from a narrow angle. Utica added two more goals in the second quarter as Ramin and Jelovac scored just 53 seconds apart to give the visitors a 3-1 lead at halftime.
Utica City FC upped its lead early in the third quarter as Liam Callahan drove a shot through the legs of MetroStars keeper Adrian Becic. But the hosts would cut the deficit to 4-3 when Luis Rocha smashed a shot from the yellow line past Utica’s Andrew Coughlin and then Dwayne De Rosario, in his return to the lineup after injury, scored on a rebound off a blocked shot.
The visitors opened the fourth quarter with a goal after just 33 seconds as Joey Tavernese headed past Becic for his 17th of the season. Then, Jelovac completed his hattrick for his 17th of the year, netting a power play goal. Things went from bad to worse for Mississauga as Logan Roberts’ cross caromed into the goal off MetroStars defender Halburto Harris.
With Mississauga employing a sixth attacker, Marco Rodriguez gave the MetroStars some life late in the match, scoring his 11th on a feed from Darren Chambers but Ramin’s second of the game and 10th of the season completed the scoring for Utica with just over 90 seconds to play.
With the loss, the MetroStars’ record in the MASL’s Eastern Division falls to 3-12 while Utica City improves to 12-4.
The MetroStars head south to Pennsylvania where they will face the Harrisburg Heat Sunday February 24 at the PA Farm Show Arena. Kickoff is 5:05pm (ET).
MASL Match Report
Match: Mississauga MetroStars vs Utica City FC
Date: February 22, 2019
Venue: Paramount Fine Foods Centre
Kickoff: 7:35pm (ET)
Goals 1 2 3 4 F
Utica City FC 1 2 1 4 8
Mississauga 1 0 2 1 4