Midwest Showdown for Number 1 Ends in Overtime Loss
February 10, 2022
[Omaha, Nebraska] What might end up being the game-of-the-year, also ended in a heart wrenching, overtime loss for the Kings. Both teams fought with so much passion and heart during the back-and-forth affair.
Written by Joseph Reina
Omaha Kings Player/Intern
Wichita came out of the gates flying after kickoff. Within the first 4 minutes, the Wings scored four straight goals from four separate players: Alphonso Lopez, Kevin Ten Eyck, Guilherme Oliveira, and Juan Zamora. The nightmare start gave Omaha a mountain to climb if they wanted to leave Wichita with the win. With a minute left in the quarter, a goal from Manuel Lira chipped at the Wichita lead, but Omaha still trailed 4-1 after the first 15 minutes.
The second and third quarters proved well for Omaha, as they proceeded to add 5 unanswered goals to the board throughout. Omaha capitalized on a powerplay early in the second quarter, thanks to a second goal from Manuel Lira to cut the deficit to two. Lira then turned provider twice as Murilo Ceruli and Say Say scored for the Kings to complete the comeback just before the halftime break.
The second and third quarters proved well for Omaha, as they proceeded to add 5 unanswered goals to the board throughout.
Omaha carried their momentum into the second half as they took the lead for the first time in the game thanks to a goal from Pedro Augusto. Paulo Vac doubled the Kings’ advantage in the dying seconds of the third quarter to put Omaha up 6-4.
Wichita came alive again in the fourth quarter thanks to a goal from Taylor Henry which was quickly followed by an equalizer from Collin Lawter. Late in the quarter, Taylor Henry scored his second of the match to restore the Wings lead. Omaha put in their sixth-attacker and found a late equalizer to force the game into overtime; thanks to Pedro Augusto’s second goal of the night with just over a minute remaining.
During the golden-goal overtime, both teams exchanged great chances for over five minutes in an end-to-end defensive battle; but it was Wichita who found the winner thanks to Juan Zamora, his second goal for the night.
After a long break, the Kings will look to rebound as they head to the west coast to take on the Ontario Fury II, Saturday, March 19th at 7:00 PM PDT. Visit omahakingsfc.com and follow the Omaha Kings on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for updates.
Photos courtesy of the Wichita Wings
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The Omaha Kings FC are the only Men’s Professional Arena Soccer team in the state of Nebraska, proudly representing the Major Arena Soccer League 2. The Major Arena Soccer League represents the highest level of professional arena soccer in the world. The club embodies a grassroots focus, consisting of mostly local talent seeking pathways to play soccer at the professional level. Launching in 2019 in the Premier Arena Soccer League (PASL), the Kings built a huge momentum and in the two short years of their existence, were granted to Pro status at the M2 level in the Major Arena Soccer League (MASL). They closed their 2020 M3 inaugural season bringing home the first ever National Championship title in the history of the M3 Arena Soccer League. For 2021 – 2022, the Kings will only participate at the M2 professional level and are currently in season.
The team’s practice field is at Off The Wall Indoor Soccer Facility (110th & Harrison). The club was founded by Argentinian native Emmanuel Viel and his wife, Omaha native, Natalie Viel (Troutman). Serving as General Manager is Carlos Viel, a former professional soccer player from Necochea, Argentina. Head coach is Emmanuel Viel, with Assistant Coach and Bellevue native, Brian Locke.
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