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Mississauga MetroStars 4-8 Harrisburg Heat: A late scoring outburst isn’t enough for the MetroStars to beat the Heat

The MetroStars fell to Harrisburg in their penultimate home game of the season

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0:00 — The MetroStars scored a couple of late goals, but they were too little, too late, as the Harrisburg came into Mississauga and dominated the home team. The MetroStars fall to 3-15 and will next play on March 17th against Utica City FC, in Utica.

0:04 — Mississauga MetroStars 4-8 Harrisburg Heat — Mo Babouli picks up another goal. The scoring outburst comes at the wrong time for Mississauga, who could have used it earlier in the match.

2:04 — Mississauga MetroStars 3-8 Harrisburg Heat — Another goal for the MetroStars! They’re awarded a penalty, and Mo Babouli makes no mistake.

3:02 — Mississauga MetroStars 2-8 Harrisburg Heat — Darren Chambers scores for the MetroStars, but it’s too little, too late. He slid the ball along the ground and it found its way into the bottom left corner.

3:32 — Mississauga MetroStars 1-8 Harrisburg Heat — The Heat score again. Carvalho shoots it under Becic for his fourth of the game.

4:13 — Adrian Becic made a great save to prevent what looked to be an easy goal.

6:40 — Marco Rodriguez has been given a blue card, a red card and a game ejection. He’s now sitting in the stands with the fans.

6:41 — After being given a blue card for a late tackle, Marco Rodriguez got in the face of the player on the ground before giving him a shove. The Heat players took offense to it, and Rodriguez was in the middle of a pushing match, and was yelling at the referees. When they were reviewing the play, Rodriguez, left the penalty box and went through the Heat bench (and not his own, for whatever reason) and down the tunnel, instead of waiting to hear how long he would be in the box for. He hasn’t resurfaced during this lengthy delay (seven or eight minutes), so I suspect he has been dismissed from the remainder of this game.

9:22 — Mississauga MetroStars 1-7 Harrisburg Heat — After one of his teammates tried to lob Adrian Becic from his own half, and missed by a matter of inches, Dominic Francis swooped in and collected the ball before scoring his second of the match.

15:00 — The MetroStars start the fourth quarter. They have 15 minutes left to try and score at least five goals.

4th Quarter

0:00 — The third quarter comes to an end. The Heat score three goals in the quarter, jumping out to a 6-1 lead.

1:16 — Mississauga MetroStars 6-1 Harrisburg Heat — Heat score again. Ricardo Carvalho completes his hat trick with a goal at the post, pushing it home from a couple of yards out.

2:25 — Jarred Philips almost scored his second of the game, but the Heat goalkeeper managed to get a fingertip on it, pushing it off the post.

7:03 — The Heat player, Vesko Konov, limped off on his own power and is sitting on the bench. His hand also appears to be hurt, and he looks to be in serious pain, so he might not play again in this one.

7:04 — Another Heat player is down, clutching at his knee. He’s been down for a few minutes now, being attended to by the MetroStars trainer.

11:00 — One of the Harrisburg players might have just taken the worst shot in MASL history. From his own half, he rifled the ball about 20 feet over the net, clearing the protective netting and hitting the back wall of the stadium.

11:55 — Mississauga MetroStars 1-5 Harrisburg Heat — Harrisburg score another one and take a four-goal advantage. A MetroStars defender tried to bring down Tavoy Morgan, but he escaped the challenge before sliding the ball across to Dylan Hundelt, who slotted the ball into the net at the post.

14:48 — Mississauga MetroStars 1-4 Harrisburg Heat — The Heat score just 12 seconds into the second half.

15:00 — The Heat kickoff the second half of play.

3rd Quarter:


0:00 — The first half comes to an end. The MetroStars finally got on the board late in the half, but the Heat scored a pair of quick goals to take a 3-1 lead into halftime.

1:36 — Mississauga MetroStars 1-3 Harrisburg Heat — The Heat double their lead. Adrian Becic came across to make a couple of fine saves, but the ball eventually fell to Tavoy Morgan, who fired the ball into the roof of the net.

3:11 — Mississauga MetroStars 1-2 Harrisburg Heat — The Heat answer right back, scoring just 16 seconds after kickoff. Dom Francis scores the goal.

3:27 — Mississauga MetroStars 1-1 Harrisburg Heat — MetroStars tie the game! Jarred Phillips comes in from the left-hand side, before slotting the ball into the bottom right corner.

5:00 — After an incredible slide tackle from Adrian Becic, Mo Babouli found Joshua Paredes with a perfect pass, but Paredes can’t capitalize on the opportunity.

6:03 — Heat defender Nelson Santana elbows a MetroStars forward in the face, and gets a blue card for his efforts.

6:35 — The Heat’s backup goalkeeper falls over after a challenge by Massimo Mirabelli, and stays down for a couple of minutes. He is the second Heat goalkeeper to go down in this first half, as he replaced Matt Perrela early in the first quarter. He stays in the game.

10:13 — The MetroStars dominate the first 5 minutes, as they hold most of the possession and fire a ton of shots at the Heat net, but they can’t take advantage of their opportunities.

15:00 — The second quarter is underway.

2nd Quarter

0:00 — After a relatively quiet quarter by arena soccer standards, the MetroStars are trailing 1-0.

11:36 — Mississauga MetroStars 0-1 Harrisburg Heat — The Heat strike first. Ricardo Carvalho scores with a long-distance effort.

13:35 — Shawn Brown is handed a blue card and a two minute penalty for committing the reckless tackle. Will Banahene has replaced Matt Perrela in net for Harrisburg.

13:36 — Shawn Brown collides with the Heat goalkeeper, who has remained on the ground for a few minutes now, with his whole team standing around him. The backup goalie is warming up.

15:00 — We’re underway here at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre

1st Quarter


Preview:

On Saturday afternoon, the Mississauga MetroStars will finish their two-game homestand against the Harrisburg Heat at 3:05 pm. This will be the fourth meeting between the two clubs this season, and the MetroStars lead the head-to-head 2-1 so far. They still need to travel twice to Harrisburg, on March 29th and on April 6th.

After his two-point performance against the Blast in the last game, Matthew Rios is the latest MetroStars player to pass the 20 point mark this season. He joins Damion Graham, Mo Babouli and Marco Rodriguez, who have all reached the milestone. Dwayne De Rosario has 16 points this season, and could reach the mark, but beyond him the next leading point-scorer is Joshua Paredes with 8 points, who in all likelihood won’t get to 20.

Speaking of Dwayne De Rosario, he became the first soccer player to be inducted into the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame on Friday. It’s not surprising that one of the best Canadian soccer players of all time is going to receive the honour, but it is a bit surprising that he is the first one. Surely Atiba Hutchinson will also receive the honour when the time comes.

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