The Orlando SeaWolves have their first game and first goal under their belts, but now it’s time to get the first win, and they’ll get their second shot Friday.
It’s a daunting task as the Baltimore Blast, the three-time reigning Major Arena Soccer League champions, come calling for the 7:30 p.m. showdown
Friday’s game is also Hispanic Heritage Night at the Silver Spurs Arena.
The SeaWolves fell in their opener on Nov. 30, 5-4 in overtime, to the St. Louis Ambush. Orlando (0-1) overcame being behind most of the match, including down 3-1 in the third quarter. But Gordy Gurson and former Orlando City USL midfielder Lewis Neal scored power-play goals before the end of the period, and when St. Louis scored to take a 4-3 fourth-quarter lead, Dylan Hundelt blasted a shot from distance with less than five minutes left to tie it.
Luke Boden, another ex-patriot of the Orlando City system, scored the first official goal in franchise history.
Keith Tozer, the former head coach of the U.S. Futsal Men’s National Team for 20 years, has been working with the club to establish come cohesion among a roster of indoor soccer veterans and outdoor soccer talent.
“I love this team’s work ethic,” Tozer said after a recent training session. “They’re all very, very hard working players. What I like most about them is their willingness to want to learn. I think they all want to learn more indoor, more futsal, and they’re a very good technical team with that. So, you put hard work together with the ability to want to learn and and I think this could be a very good team.
“I think it’s extremely important, especially for indoor soccer, to have veteran guys who’ve been in the game. You got Yoshi (Sandoval) and you got Gordy just to name a few guys Dylan, Richard Schmerman, that bring the experience and then you have younger players like Johnny (Mendoza) and Tyler (Turner).”