Heat lose in Chinapoo's final home game
Updated: Saturday, January 25 2014, 11:54 PM EST
Posted by: James Tully
League-leading goal scorer Efrain Martinez scored three times in a span of 3 minutes, 21 seconds of the third quarter to help the undefeated Chicago Mustangs beat the Harrisburg Heat 12-5 Saturday night at the Equine Arena of the State Farm Show Complex & Expo Center.
The three goals — coming in the midst of a seven-goal run by the Mustangs — gave Martinez 30 for the season, the most in the Professional Arena Soccer League.
In winning for the second time in as many nights at the Equine Arena, Chicago (12-0) kept the Heat (4-9) one-half game behind Cincinnati (4-8) for the fourth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Division. The game also marked a couple of finales for Heat coach Richard Chinapoo and the team itself.
Chinapoo was coaching his last game at the Equine Arena before stepping down after the season and moving to Florida, while the Heat were closing out their two-year stay in the Equine Arena before moving down the hall next season into the Farm Show Complex’s 7,300-seat Large Arena.
Led by Martinez, Chicago scored six goals in the first nine minutes of the third quarter to turn their slim 6-4 halftime edge into a 12-4 lead.
Kenneth Fultz led the Heat with two goals. His second goal at 11:50 of the third quarter snapped Chicago’s run of seven straight goals that started when Guilherme Veiga scored with 50 seconds left in the first half to give the Mustangs a 6-4 lead.
The Heat stayed close early as Tom Mellor scored one goal and assisted on two others with one of those assists coming on Tyler Witmer’s power-play goal that cut Chicago’s lead to 5-4 with 4:41 remaining in the first half.
Report provided by the Harrisburg Heat