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Mississauga MetroStars 6-5 Harrisburg Heat: MetroStars end their lengthy losing streak

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Four goals in the fourth quarter saw Mississauga pick up their first win since December 30th

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0:00 — They’ve done it! The Mississauga MetroStars pick up their first win since December 30th, 2018. Their eight game losing streak comes to an end with a hard-fought 6-5 victory over the Harrisburg Heat. They return home next Friday for the third and final game of their three-game homestand.

1:24 — Halburto Harris makes a huge block to keep the Heat from tying the game!

2:17 — Mississauga MetroStars 6-5 Harrisburg Heat — An unlucky deflection off a MetroStars defender means that the Heat are back within one. There’s a lot of nervous energy here in the arena.

2:44 — Mississauga MetroStars 6-4 Harrisburg Heat — The MetroStars are getting closer to ending their losing streak! Marco Rodriguez doubles the lead!

3:41 — Mississauga MetroStars 5-4 Harrisburg Heat — The comeback is complete! MetroStars take the lead after a perfectly placed strike from Matthew Rios, and the Paramount Fine Foods Centre is the loudest it has ever been.

5:18 — This game is getting a bit fiery now, as the kicking at heels and pushing intensifies. During a recent timeout, words were exchanged between both sides.

5:54 — Shaq Agard is down now after being kicked, but no foul was called on the play.

6:10 — Jarred Phillips just went down injured. Mo Babouli, Massimo Mirabelli and the trainers just carried him off the pitch.

6:50 — Mississauga MetroStars 4-4 Harrisburg Heat — Damion Graham taps it home!! The crowd goes nuts, and the game is tied! Graham also becomes the first player in club history to record 20 points.

7:25 — Jonathan Osorio does some tricks, going around a pair of defenders before sending Mo Babouli on a breakaway. His shot was saved by the Harrisburg goalkeeper.

9:03 — Mississauga MetroStars 3-4 Harrisburg Heat — Mo Babouli makes it interesting with a long range goal, bringing Mississauga within one!

15:00 — 15 minutes left for the MetroStars to get back into this one.

4th Quarter

0:00 — 4-2 after three quarters.

1:17 — Mississauga MetroStars 2-4 Harrisburg Heat — Shaq Agard gets his goal! After a strong shot on goal from Mo Babouli that was saved by the keeper, Agard volleyed home the rebound from a tight angle, off a Heat player and in.

7:25 — Mississauga MetroStars 1-4 Harrisburg Heat — Heat add a fourth goal. The ball was perfectly placed into the top corner by a Heat forward.

13:10 — Blue card for Mississauga for having too many men on the field. Served by Matthew Rios.

15:00 — The second half is now underway.

3rd Quarter


0:00 — Halftime — After the Heat took the lead with about 3 minutes left in the half, another late goal sees the Heat take a 2-goal lead into the break.

0:26 — Mississauga MetroStars 1-3 Harrisburg Heat — Heat double their lead. A shot from long distance struck one of their strikers in front of the goal, who then turned and finished the job.

0:53 — The MetroStars were calling for a penalty after a pass back to the keeper was picked up, but the referees looked away.

3:01 — Mississauga MetroStars 1-2 Harrisburg Heat — The Heat take their first lead of the night, as Ricardo Carvalho heads it home from close range.

8:56 — Newcomer to the team Shaq Agard has been putting on a show so far in this one, dancing around defenders like they aren’t even there. A few times tonight he has been close to scoring but just lacked the final finish.

15:00 — The second quarter has started! 1-1 after one quarter.

2nd Quarter

0:00 — End of the first quarter. The MetroStars have come out in this first period of play with a sense of urgency about them, and have been fast and physical. Heat players have struggled to deal with it at times, so the MetroStars will hope that they can maintain it over the full 60 minutes.

3:53 — Mississauga MetroStars 1-1 Harrisburg Heat — The Heat tie the game. The ball went out of bounds and before the referee even signaled which team was going to get the ball, the Heat player had put the ball down, passed it to a teammate, and put it into the back of the net.

6:52 — Mississauga MetroStars 1-0 Harrisburg Heat — Matthew Rios! Mo Babouli runs over a free kick and Rios swoops instead and fires it into the top corner, giving the home side the lead.

7:17 — Adrian Becic stopped an easy scoring opportunity, fully extending and grabbing the ball off the foot of a Harrisburg attacker.

7:38 — A Harrisburg defender cleared the ball off the line, preventing what would have been the first goal of the game for Mississauga.

9:39 — Mo Babouli tracked back and slid in front of his own goal to block a shot on target.

10:07 — Damion Graham hustled back to prevent a scoring opportunity, earning praise from his coaches and teammates when he got back to the bench.

15:00 — We’re underway here in Mississauga!

1st Quarter


Preview:

On Sunday afternoon the Mississauga MetroStars take on the Harrisburg Heat for their second home game in three days. Kickoff is at 3:05.

On Friday, the Baltimore Blast were in town, and held on for a 6-3 victory. The MetroStars held the lead midway through the 2nd quarter, but a pair of goals at the end of the half, including a goal with just 29 seconds left, gave the Blast the momentum going into the break, and they would hold on for the victory.

The Harrisburg Heat are one of the two teams that the MetroStars have defeated so far. On December 30th, the MetroStars had to grind out a nervous fourth quarter during which they gave up two goals, and gave up plenty of other chances. A third quarter goal from Dwayne De Rosario ended up being the difference, and the MetroStars won 7-6. That win was also their most recent victory, as they have lost 8 games in a row since then.

If you haven’t seen it yet, I answered your questions about arena soccer and the MetroStars recently. Find all the answers here.

Team news:

  • The MetroStars have been dealing with a lot of injuries lately. 12 players were listed on their injury report on Friday night, but four of them ended up playing: Massimo Mirabelli, Luis Rocha, Marco Rodriquez and Mo Babouli
  • Forward Dwayne De Rosario has missed the last five games with a series of injuries. Head Coach Phil Ionadi hopes that he’ll be back for next Friday’s home match against Utica City FC.