ROCHESTER, N.Y. — If there is one thing the Rochester Lancers learned this National Premier Soccer League season, it’s not to always trust your former friends, or one-time teammates, for that matter.
Cases in point:
In the team’s season opener May 19, former Rochester player Antonio Manfut scored an insurance goal in Cleveland SC’s 2-0 home triumph.
On Sunday, Sammy Wasson continued the trend as the former Lancer scored one goal and set up another to lift FC Buffalo to a 4-2 victory over Rochester in the rain at Marina Auto Stadium.
Still looking for their first win of the season, the Lancers (1 point) dropped to 0-2-1 while FC Buffalo (7) improved to 2-2-1.
Wasson was involved in Buffalo’s opening two goals.
In the 19th minute, Wasson intercepted a pass, dribbled in and scored from 20 yards past goalkeeper William Banahene for a 1-0 FC Buffalo lead.
In the opening minute of the second half and never allowed the visitors touch the ball until it was in the back of the net. The scoring sequence went from Isaac Kissi to Rafael Godoi to Ben Allan to Lukas Fernandes, who one-timed his shot into the corner for a 1-1 deadlock.
The tie didn’t last for long as Wasson had a say in that. He slammed a 60-yard ball into the path of Bayley Winkel, who dribbled around Banahene and placed the ball into an open net to give Buffalo a 2-1 edge.
Life went from bad to worse for the Lancers as FC Buffalo earned a controversial penalty kick at Banahene was ruled to have tripped Keane McIvor in the penalty area in the 65th minute.
Rochester head coach Doug Miller pulled Banahene for James Lepetit a minute later.
In the 67th minute, McIvor drilled a penalty kick into the upper left corner past Lepetit for a 3-1 advantage.
Some 10 minutes later, Buffalo almost added to its spoils but Lepitit denied Winkel a goal to keep the hosts within striking distance.
Rochester pulled one back in the 88th minute as Kissi cut the deficit to 3-2.
FC Buffalo, however, retained the two-goal margin in stoppage time as Akean Shackleford scored an easy goal off a corner kick.
The Lancers will have two opportunities to record that elusive first win as they visit Syracuse FC Wednesday before returning home to host Cleveland SC Friday night.