On Course For A Division Title
February 6, 2017
Glendale, AZ - After a two game weekend road trip in January against two of the top teams in the Premier Arena Soccer League’s Southwest Division, the Arizona Impact landed at home on January 28th with a chance to redeem their earlier away loss to the Sockers Premier.
The Impact brought home 1 of a possible 6 points with a disappointing 3-4 loss to the Sockers Premier and an 8-8 tie to the Ontario Fury 2 after leading 2-1 and 5-2 at the halves. However, the tie kept the team in contention for a division title.
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The Sockers Premier faced the Impact in their first of a three game Arizona trip. Finding themselves in a solid mid-season rhythm, the Impact pulled off a 7-5 win stone-walling a last quarter 3-min 6th man attack from the Sockers Premier who fielded a strong side lead by the MASL’s San Diego Sockers Pro Matt Clare. A 7-5 win and Sockers Premier loss to Digitlog FC the following day, put the Impact back on top of the Division.
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On Saturday, February 4th the team faced cross-town rivals Arizona Fire FC who are the newest member of the P.A.S.L. Southwest Division in what was to be the first of two meetings. Looking to stake their claim and make a name for themselves the Fire came out swinging scoring the games first goal and shocking a confident Impact side. Not to be out-done, the Impact come back with a goal of their own from Forward #4 Craig Tyrell and another from Defender #6 Matt Marcum. Even though the Impact led 3-2 at the half and maintained the majority of the possession, it seemed as though they were out of sync and struggling to connect on many missed goal scoring opportunities.
Having regained their focus during halftime, the Impact came out and put on a show ending the 3rd quarter with a 5-goals to nil onslaught ending it with possession that would ensure a 4th quarter man-up start due to a delayed 2-min penalty against the AZ Fire.
The 4th quarter saw much of the same from the Impact who continued to maintain healthy possession picking apart the AZ Fire defense not only scoring during the run-of-play but also adding goals on free-kicks and a 2nd man advantage situation. Firing on all cylinders the Arizona Impact added 6 more while the Fire only managed to get 2 back, to end with an astounding 14-4 win.
This win puts the Arizona Impact at 4-1-1 on the season. With two games remaining, February 26th in Avondale with a rematch against the AZ Fire FC and finishing off the season with a home match on March 4th at the Arizona Sports Complex in the 2nd El Classico of the season against the Phoenix Falcons.