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MetroStars lose twice in tough weekend

Mississauga fall to Heat, UCFC on back-to-back nights

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The Mississauga MetroStars played two games this past weekend, losing in Harrisburg on Friday before falling in Utica on Saturday.

In Harrisburg on Friday, it was the Heat who found the back of the net first, as Danny DiPrima found the back of the net with about 90 seconds left in the opening quarter of play.

The Heat carried some momentum into the 2nd quarter, as both Ricardo Carvalho and Matt Braem scored in the first minute and a half of the second quarter, giving them a 3-0 lead.

After about 10 minutes, Tavoy Morgan have Harrisburg a 4-0 lead, beating Adrian Becic at the 12:57 mark.

The MetroStars finally stopped the bleeding a bit at 14:54, as Jonathan Osorio redirected a shot into the goal with 6 seconds left in the half. Babouli shot the ball along the ground and Osorio reached out and deflected the ball up and over the keeper and into the net.

Almost exactly 15 minutes later, Dylan Hundelt scored the only goal of the third quarter, finding the back of the net with just 7 seconds left in the third quarter.

The MetroStars had a sudden spark in the fourth quarter, as goals from Halburto Harris and Shaq Agard saw the MetroStars pull back within two.

The MetroStars pulled Adrian Becic from the game in favour of a 6th attacker, but the gamble didn't pay off as Patrick Thompson found the empty net with just over a minute left in regulation time, sealing the 6-3 victory.

On Saturday, the MetroStars were at the Adirondack Bank Center in Utica, New York for a game against Utica City FC.

Utica City FC, one of the best teams in the regular season, had dominated the MetroStars all season long. They put Mississauga under severe pressure after the first 2:42 of the game, as they were already two goals up thanks to Joey Tavernese and Bo Jelovac, the only goals in the first quarter.

The MetroStars were more impressive in the second quarter, however, scoring three unanswered goals to take a 3-2 lead into halftime. Mo Babouli started the scoring run with his 21st goal of the season, closing in on the goalkeeper and firing a shot across goal into the bottom left corner.

About 7 minutes later, Josip Keran tied the game with a one-timer from short range, firing it home after a pass across goal by Darren Chambers, but the MetroStars weren't done there.

With just ended 2 minutes left in the first half, Shaq Agard gave Mississauga their first lead of the night. From the left side of the goal, Agard used the outside of his foot to curl a shot into the bottom right corner.

Mauricio Salles tied the game at 3-3 in the third quarter with his 10th goal of the season, but the MetroStars again battled back.

Just over a minute later, Darren Chambers again gave the MetroStars the lead with a left footed effort.

Freddy Moojen tied it up at 4-4 with seconds left in the 3rd quarter, making the 4th quarter the difference maker in a thrilling and dramatic arena soccer match.

The MetroStars got off to a quick start in the final frame, as Darren Chambers scored his second of the game just 1:03 into the quarter.

Despite an enormous effort by the MetroStars, Utica City FC scored a pair of goals in response to Chambers' goal, as Bo Jelovac and Mauricio Salles both scored their second goals of the game, stealing a 6-5 victory.

The MetroStars were the better team for much of the match, but they failed to get a multi-goal lead at any point, and we're unable to grind out a victory.

The MetroStars are now sitting at 4-19 on the season.

They have a single game remaining in their inaugural campaign, on Saturday, April 6th, in Harrisburg against the Heat. Kickoff is at 7:05 ET.