Third-quarter surge gives Omaha 15-10 win over New Mexico
Omaha, NE — Both the Omaha Kings and the New Mexico Runners started their seasons looking for a strong result, but it was the Kings who prevailed, 15-10 in the first game of a doubleheader in Omaha.
December 17, 2021 | Written by Joseph Reina
The Kings started the game strong, taking an early 1-0 lead thanks to Leo Mejia. Soon after the Runners found an answer with a pair of goals by Vince Aragon and Manuel Garcia. New Mexico had the majority of the chances but was unable to convert. Late in the quarter, a blue card for Kings defender David Rojas gave the Runners a power-play they would carry into the next quarter.
Less than a minute into the second quarter, New Mexico forward Alejandro Garcia took advantage of the power play, giving them a 3-1 lead. Omaha would get a power-play goal of their own through Tomaz Rossi to bring them within one. The Runners then extended their lead again midway through the quarter with a goal by Jobany Villalba. Just before the half, Omaha was able to bring the score within one again after a composed pass from Manuel Lira, and a tap-in by Eduardo Suarez.
But the moment of the match was a stunning volley scored by Mario Bueso off of a long throw from goalkeeper Nico Charvet, who finished the game with a hattrick of assists.
The third quarter proved decisive as the Kings scored early and often to flip the game on its head. Two goals from both Murillo Ceruli and Leo Mejia, and one each from Morgan Penn, Pedro Augusto, Manuel Lira, and Tomaz Rossi gave Omaha an 11-7 lead. The runners were able to get three goals, two more from Alejandro Garcia and one from Froilan Ramirez, to give them a chance going into the fourth quarter.
Both teams exchanged goals in the final fifteen minutes, but ultimately the Kings prevailed. Eduardo Suarez and Rodrigo Barajas, and Bobby Jaffrey all scored to extend the Omaha lead, but the moment of the match was a stunning volley scored by Mario Bueso off of a long throw from goalkeeper Nico Charvet, who finished the game with a hattrick of assists. New Mexico scored three goals in the quarter thanks to Seth Gordon, Froilan Ramirez, and Alejandro Garcia who finished with four goals to his name, but was unable to close the gap to Omaha in the end, finishing a 15-10 win for the Kings.
The two sides will face off again tomorrow night at 9:00 pm CST at Off The Wall in Omaha. Visit omahakingsfc.com to buy tickets and follow the Omaha Kings on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for updates.
Photography by Morgan Denson
ABOUT THE MAJOR ARENA SOCCER LEAGUE 2 (M2)
The Major Arena Soccer League represents the highest level of professional arena soccer in the world. The MASL is a 4 tier pyramid league consisting of professional and semi-professional men’s arena soccer teams. The Omaha Kings play at the professional level in the MASL 2 (second tier), backed by the Major Arena Soccer League (top tier). The remaining pyramid consists of the M3 (third tier and semi-pro), and the PASL (fourth tier and amateur). For more information about the MASL 2, visit the website at the link below:
- M2 Soccer | m2soccer.com
ABOUT THE OMAHA KINGS FC
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). The Kings wrapped up their M3 inaugural season bringing home the first ever National Championship title in the history of the M3 Arena Soccer League. The M2 team finished out their provisional season in July, with a 6-8 record, rallying 5 straight wins through the latter half and missing the wildcard playoff spot by just one match.
The team’s practice field is currently 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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