If you haven’t seen the Orlando SeaWolves play their brand of indoor soccer and want to soon, fill that urge next week — the team will be on the road the entire month of February, making way for the Silver Spurs Rodeo.
The SeaWolves, fresh off an 11-6 win Saturday against the Florida Tropics in Lakeland that saw Orlando get a fast four-goal first-period start, Orlando will host the Milwaukee Wave on Monday at 7 p.m. and the St. Louis Ambush on Friday at 7:30.
“The Wave are an excellent team, I enjoy watch them play,” SeaWolves Coach Tom Traxler said. “They possess the ball well and move you into places they want to their benefit. They have a long list of great players. We will have to be 100 percent on top of what we have to do. But we have some keys that that we think we can take advantage (of).”
Friday’s game against the Ambush will be a rematch of the regular-season opener, a 5-4 overtime loss on Nov. 30.
Prior to Saturday, the SeaWolves’ game was on Dec. 29 in Lakeland — and it didn’t go well. Orlando fell behind 5-0 early in the second quarter and would fall 9-6 in a game that wasn’t as close as that score indicated. So Traxler and the team used their bye wee to reset, and whatever they did worked last week.
“We used those two weeks wisely. We solidified our concepts and analyze what we didn’t do well,” he said. “(On Saturday) I saw what I wanted to see — a group of guys with a whole ‘nother level of energy, a group determined to get a result, what I was asking for. We needed a response. We didn’t want to go 1-4. A win was vitally important, and it got a bad taste out of our mouths from a few weeks ago.”
Midfielder Victor France, in his first game coming back from a foot injury, made an immediate impact, scoring just 39 seconds into the match. Less than three minutes later, Gordy Gurson scored the first of his four goals on the night.
“For something good to happen on nearly your first touch is excellent for Victor, and it set us up for the rest of the match,” Traxler said. “An early goal calms everybody down and gains confidence, and then we backed it up with a second and the confidence was oozing through the team at that point.”
Except for when Lakeland made it a 2-1 game late in the first quarter, Orlando never led by fewer than two goals. Lewis Neal and Osvaldo Rojas netted a pair of goals, and Thiago Freitas and Luke Boden also cracked the score sheet. Joshio Sandoval added three assists. Goalie Rainer Hauss had nine saves.
Gurson said this week that Saturday showed the SeaWolves can work well as a team to pressure opponents.
“That was very important and hope we can continue it,” he said. “As for the coring is my job, it’s part of the game. On defense, we put away a lot of (the Tropics’) mistakes.
“We’re still a new team, new faces building together to one family, and it’s getting closer even off the field. So against Milwaukee, we’ve got to be on our game for all for quarters.”