DETROIT — The Detroit Waza Flo made the most of its shots in its Major Arena Soccer League 2 match Saturday night.
The hosts made good of only five shots credited to them en route to a 5-3 victory over the defending league champion Chicago Mustangs at the Detroit City Fieldhouse.
The Waza Flo avenged a 7-2 season-opening defeat at the Chicago Mustangs Dec. 23. The Mustangs were credited with 28 shots Saturday night.
Detroit (1-2), which will visit the Dome Arena for the Rochester Lancers’ M2 home opener Friday night, grabbed a 3-1 halftime lead and never looked back.
Costa Decu scored one goal and assisted on another for Detroit.
Ricardo Lopes lifted the Waza Flo into the lead at 7:11 of the opening period before Miki Djerisilo, off a Saeed Tawil feed, doubled the score at 11:48 of the second period.
Ryan Ybarra pulled one back for Chicago (3-1) with 3:12 remaining in the second half as Aaron Byrd restored Detroit’s two-goal advantage at 3-1 with 85 seconds left in the first half.
Chicago’s Louis Albert III made 3-2 with 10:22 to go in the third quarter.
Then Decu went into action. He set up Joey Tinnion’s goal with 5:51 remaining in the third period and scored 46 seconds into the final quarter for a 5-2 lead.
Alexis Camarena closed out the scoring for the Mustangs with 7:36 remaining in the fourth.
On Dec. 23, the teams traded goals in the opening two quarters as Chicago’s Niver Arango opened the scoring in the first and Waza newcomer Ludvick Asigo notched his first goal in the second to level it at halftime.
The Flo struck first in the second half as another rookie, Michael Palushaj tallied the first goal of his Waza career less than a minute into the third quarter to give the visitors their first lead of the season. The Mustangs regained control of the match, netting the final six goals to cruise to a 7-2 win.
Second-half goals were scored by Arango (two), Paris Martins, Ybarra, Lopez, Alexis Camarena and Patricio Barroche.
The Lancers will return to indoor soccer for the first time in 2015, when they welcome the Waza Flo to the Dome Arena in Henrietta, N.Y. at 7 p.m. Friday. They will play the Cincinnati Swerve at the same venue the next day at 7 p.m.
Rochester is the lone Eastern Division team that has not yet played.