ROCHESTER, N.Y. — In an ill-tempered game that featured 13 cards of three colors, the Chicago Mustangs defeated the Rochester Lancers, 10-6, in a Major Arena Soccer League game at the Dome Arena Friday night.
By the final whistle, referee Democratis Pashalidis had issued five blue cards, seven yellow cards and a red before a sellout crowd.
The result, second-place Rochester’s first at home and second in a row, hurt the team’s chances of winning the Eastern Division crown and securing home-team advantage in the playoffs as Chicago improved to 7-1 in the 12-game regular season.
In fact, the Lancers (3-2) face a must-win game against the Cincinnati Swerve (2-4) at the Dome Saturday at 7 p.m. if it wants to secure a postseason spot.
Alexis Camarena paced the Mustangs with five goals and had a hat-trick by halftime as the visitors enjoyed a 5-3 advantage at the Ide Family Field.
For the record, the Mustangs had accrued more cards than the Lancers, 7-6. Cesar Macias was given his marching orders with 2:59 remaining in the second quarter for his second yellow card within seconds as the teams almost came to blows.
The Lancers enjoyed a 2-1 edge 3:24 into the match on goals by Gary Boughton and Lubo Kosic, but it was just about all Chicago after that. Camarena, however, struck for the next two goals at 12:22 of the first period and 10:15 of the second to give the Mustangs a 3-2 lead before Timothy Lazorko equalized for the hosts with 4:34 remaining in the half.
Chicago, however, took control of the game by connecting for the next two goals, by Camarena at 10:49 of the second quarter before Alejandro Lopez made it 5-3 at the half at 11:26.
Luis Hidalgo, Jeremy Ortiz and August Finn also tallied for Rochester.