It’s playoff time in the MASL and this past Tuesday, I attended the Ontario Fury game against the San Diego Sockers. The visiting Sockers won the first game of the series, making this a must win game for the Fury if they wanted to keep their playoff hopes alive. If the Fury wins, then the two teams would play a 15 minute abbreviated mini game for the rights to move on in the playoffs. So there was a palpable sense of urgency for the home team…win and they would continue on, lose…well…see you next year.
The game started off fast for the Fury as they scored three first quarter goals before the Sockers responded with two goals in the second period. As the game tightened up, the play turned physical with several hard tackles and some hard feelings that carried over into the locker area during half time. In the second half, the Fury outscored the Sockers 5-2 to win the game and force the 15 minute mini-game.
Final Score: Ontario Fury – 8, San Diego Sockers – 4
After a brief 15 minute break, the two teams returned to the field to play the decisive mini game. Nine seconds into the rubber game of the match, the Sockers scored the lone goal of the mini-game. With more than 14 minutes left to play, the Fury were unable to score an equalizer and the Sockers went onto prevail and move on to the next round of the playoffs. And with that, the Fury’s season was over.
As it turned out, this was also the last game of the season for the Ladies of Ontario Fury and perhaps the last time this group of young women will perform together. It’s audition season and Lynae de Leon, the director of the Ladies of Ontario Fury, has a knack of developing dance talent that go onto major league dance teams. Last year alone, four members of her 2016 squad made it to NBA and NFL dance teams. And on Sunday, the first of several local NFL and NBA auditions begin and I know that several of her current squad will be trying out.
So let’s take a final look at the 2017 Ladies of Ontario Fury.
My thanks to the Lynae de Leon, Bernie Lilivois, Bill Norris and the Ontario Fury organization for another wonderful year. And to the Ladies of Ontario Fury, good luck in your future endeavors.