The Mississauga MetroStars picked up their first-ever road win on Sunday afternoon, beating division-leaders Utica City FC 9-3 at the Adirondack Bank Center.
The MetroStars have been struggling all season with getting off to good starts, but on Sunday, they scored first, as Shawn Brown found the back of the net just 1:30 into the match.
Utica responded quickly, scoring twice in about a minute with the two goals being scored by Mauricio Salles and Nate Bourdeau at 2:37 and 3:35 respectively. Salles fired a bullet past Adrian Becic, while Bourdeau's goal was named Utica City FC's play of the game:
After a few minutes without a goal, Jarred Philips tied the game for the MetroStars at the 6:14 mark, his fifth goal of the season.
Just over 30 seconds later, at the 6:51 mark, Damion Graham gave Mississauga the lead again, finding the back of the net after an assist from Darren Chambers. It was the forward’s 14th goal of the season, keeping him in second place behind Mo Babouli for the team lead.
Both teams were kept off the board in the second quarter, and it took until the 6:37 mark of the 3rd quarter before another goal was scored, a fine effort by Domenico Vitale to tie the game.
From that point on, it was all MetroStars, as the visitors scored six unanswered goals, something they have only done once before - when they won 10-0 in their home opener in December.
Mo Babouli got the scoring outburst underway at the 8:12 mark of the 3rd quarter, his first point in what ended up being a huge second half for him. It gave the MetroStars a 4-3 lead and ended up being the game-winner.
The MetroStars would score one more in the third quarter, this time scored by Darren Chambers, assisted by Babouli. It was Chambers’ 5th goal of the season, bringing him up to 10 points for the season.
The MetroStars got off to another quick start in the fourth quarter, as Mo Babouli found the back of the net just 35 seconds after kickoff. It was his third point of the game, and also made him the first player in MetroStars history to reach 30 points.
In the middle of the quarter, Shaq Agard scored a pair of quick goals, at 4:02 and 5:49, the 3rd and 4th goals of the season for him.
Utica City FC pulled their goalie for the last three or so minutes of the match, hoping to find an answer to Mississauga’s lengthy run, but with the sixth attacker on, Mo Babouli found the empty net, completing his hat trick and completing the 9-3 victory.
The win was a surprising, but well-deserved victory for the MetroStars, who did it without Dwayne De Rosario or Marco Rodriguez (who you may remember, received a red card in the previous game). Their record is now 4-15 with 5 games remaining in the season.
Their next game, on Friday night against this very same Utica City FC, is their final home game of the season. They will look to end the home portion of the schedule on a high note, before travelling for four away games to end the season. Kickoff on Friday is at 7:35 p.m.