Shootout Spectacular: Kings Victorious by Dramatic Shootout over Chicago Mustangs

[Omaha, NE - Dec. 25, 2023]
The Omaha Kings kicked off their MLIS (Major League Indoor Soccer) season in sensational style with a nail-biting victory over arch-rivals, the Chicago Mustangs, in their home opener at Off the Wall Indoor Soccer Facility on December 23rd, 2023.

First Half Showdown

From the opening whistle, both teams showed an intense effort for victory, trading blows and goals in a fast-paced first half. The scoreboard reflected the fierce competition, where the Kings trailed by a single goal at halftime with Chicago leading 5-4. Notable contributions from Omaha's side came from Leonides Mejia, Bernardo Torres, Say Say, and Daniel Zuckweiler, each finding the back of the net. Chicago's offensive was led by Nestor Dominguez, Luis Marquez, Aldo Jimenez, and Alejandro Morales.

Kings Rally in Second Half

Undeterred by their trailing score, the Kings roared back in the second half, mounting a relentless offensive surge. Three consecutive goals, one from Jeff Sumaili and two from Mejia, propelled Omaha into the lead at 7-5. Chicago, however, refused to concede, leveling the score at 7-7 with two quick goals of their own.

Golden Goal Overtime Drama

With tensions soaring and neither side willing to yield, the game entered a heart-pounding "Golden Goal" overtime period. Despite both teams pressing for a decisive goal, their defensive performances held firm, leaving the score deadlocked at the end of the extra time.

Shootout Heroics

As the clock ticked down with no Golden Goal, the match entered the high-stakes realm of shootouts. Chicago's hopes were defeated as none of their chosen players managed to find a way past the unrivaled Efren Flores guarding the Kings' net. In contrast, Omaha's Leonides Mejia buried his chance, sealing a thrilling victory for the home team with a final score of 8-7.

Key Performers and Highlights

  • Leonides Mejia: The star of the show, netting an impressive four goals for the Kings, including the decisive shootout winner.

  • Bernardo Torres, Say Say, Daniel Zuckweiler, and Jeff Sumaili all contributed crucial goals to Omaha's tally

  • Manuel Lira and Morgan Penn: Instrumental in setting up goals with their crucial assists

  • Efren Flores: Stood tall between the posts, delivering a standout performance and thwarting Chicago's shootout attempts.

  • Coaching staff included Head Coach, Emmanuel Viel, Assistant Coach, Carlos Viel, and Goalkeeper Coach, William Dollen. 

Final Thoughts

With their resounding victory in the home opener, the Omaha Kings have set the tone as formidable contenders for what promises to be a remarkable season in the MLIS. As the Kings embark on their journey towards greatness, fans can expect thrilling matches and fierce competition from this dynamic squad. 

Looking ahead, the Kings have upcoming back-to-back games against the Colorado Bucks scheduled for Friday, December 29, and Saturday, December 30. These matchups present another opportunity for Omaha to solidify their standing in the league. Stay up to date with all the latest news and announcements by following the Omaha Kings on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, as they continue on their quest for glory.