Revenge will be on the minds of the Orlando SeaWolves Saturday in Lakeland when they take on the local rival Florida Tropics in Major Arena Soccer League play.
The game kicks off at 7 p.m. at the RP Funding Center.
The teams met in the same building on Dec. 29; Orlando (1-3) fell way behind the Tropics early, and while rallying in the second half could not overcome a 5-0 halftime deficit and fell, 9-6.
While Orlando has been off since that game, Florida (3-5) comes off of road losses last weekend at St. Louis and Kansas City.
In their last outing, the SeaWolves outshot the Tropics in the first half, 19-15, but could not finish scoring chances — and Florida did.
Orlando started the narrative of a second-half comeback when captain Gordy Gurson scored his fourth goal of the season 24 seconds into the third quarter, then the SeaWolves went on the power play less than two minutes later. But the Tropics scored a pair of shorthanded goals during their man disadvantage and would run the lead to 8-1 with 5:30 left in the third quarter.
Orlando did not go quietly as Osvaldo Rojas scored a hat trick in the remaining time, and Joshio Sandoval and Tyler Turner added tallies to narrow the gap to 8-6 with 26 seconds left before Florida scored the ultimate garbage-time goal as time expired.
The SeaWolves are expected to have midfielder Victor France available tonight. The 26-year-old Brazilian indoor soccer veteran has been battling a foot injury since training camp.