Edwards: Freedom, Fury fight to 6-6 tie
EDWARDS – The Freedom and the Fort Collins Fury indoor soccer teams are thoroughly sick of each other.
After tying 4-4 last month in Fort Collins, the two teams played to 6-6 draw Saturday night at the WECMRD Field House in Edwards. With Saturday’s tie, the Freedom lost out on a chance to win Flight D.
And after the final whistle blew, the two teams kept going at it. The game ended with opposing players colliding along the west wall in a battle for the ball. The benches emptied, and fortunately, members of the Eagle County Sheriff’s Department were on hand to break it up.
“I’m just disgusted how that ended up, especially for the kids who were watching the game,” Freedom coach Brandt Marott said. “It was really rough to see. It never should have been like that.”
It was an unpleasant end to what was otherwise a thrilling evening of action. The Freedom’s Pete Randall gave the locals a 4-3 and his next goal nearly blew the lid off the WECMRD Field House. Down a man on the power play, Randall stole the ball and played a little give-and go with Duane Pelz.
“I thought the guy was going to my left. I guessed,” Randall said. “I ended up getting the block and it went right to Duane and, at that point, it’s just off to the races. Duane gave me a ball that was tough to miss.”
Randall didn’t and bounced off the wall in front of the stands in celebratory fashion. With a 5-3 lead, the Freedom likely started thinking league title, but the Fury rallied to tie it at five behind goals from Ryan White and Zach Speed.
The Freedom took a 6-5 lead with 3:29 to go on a tally from Terrance O’Connor, who was called up from the reserve team recently. But White scored his fourth goal of the game for Fort Collins with 1:08 left, dashing the Freedom’s title hopes.
The Freedom finishes Flight D play with a 4-1-3 record. The Premiere Arena Soccer League has not sent out guidelines for the playoffs. If the league takes the top-two teams, the locals are likely done for the year. If it’s the top-four, the Freedom will play again.
In the meantime, the team hosts a friendly against the Denver Dynamite Saturday.
“We just wait until the PASL figures out what we’re going to do for the playoffs,” Marott said. “I hope we get in, but I’m not holding my breath.”
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 or email@example.com.
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