HENRIETTA, N.Y. — The Rochester Lancers pulled off one of the most unusual hat-tricks in indoor soccer history to win their regular-season finale Saturday night.
For the third time in the fourth quarter and beyond, Jake Schindler’s free kick started a scoring sequence and Michael Cunningham finished it.
The most important combination came with 9:35 remaining in overtime as Cunningham struck to lift Rochester to an 8-7 comeback win over the Muskegon Risers in Major Arena Soccer League action before a capacity crowd of 2,500 t the Dome Arena.
The Lancers, who will play the first-place Chicago Mustangs in the Eastern Division playoffs, finished the regular season at 9-4. Rochester clinched a postseason berth with a win over the Detroit Waza Flo Friday night.
Trailing 6-3 entering the fourth period, Rochester pulled off their best comeback of the season.
Within a span of only 83 seconds early in that quarter, Schindler and Cunningham combined for goals off a free kick by the corner. The first goal came only 11 seconds into period. They combined again with 13:26 left to pull with a goal.
Jeremy Ortiz, off an Austin Gerber feed, equalized with 9:51 to go.
The Risers, however, retook the lead on a Matthew Schmitt power-play score with 8:23 remaining in the fourth quarter before Zikrit Osmic tied it for the hosts with 6:12 left in the period.
That set up the 11th-hour heroics by Cunningham, off a free kick by Schindler.
Irwin Castro tallied four goals for Muskegon (1-12).