FURY SLOW EXPRESS FOR FIRST ROAD WIN

by Bill Norris

The Ontario Fury, Driven by Mark Christopher Chevrolet, used a stifling defense to grind out an important 5-3 victory over the Turlock Express on Friday at Turlock Indoor Soccer.

Mauricio Salles and Chico Francisco each scored twice for the Fury, who moved back to .500 on the season at 4-4. In the process, they handed the Express (4-7) their first home loss of the season.

Nick Perera scored against the sixth attacker with 1:30 to go to ice the victory. Joey Kapinos was credited with 19 saves in the game, as the Fury posted a season low in goals allowed.

Ontario led 2-0 at halftime, as both Salles and Francisco posted goals in the opening 30 minutes. But the Express came out firing in the second half, tying the game with two goals in the opening 4:51.

But Francisco’s second goal gave Ontario a 3-2 lead after three, and after Adrian Gutierrez tied the game, Salles got the game winner with 5:54 to go.

Ontario now travels back to Southern California for a 5 p.m. matchup with the San Diego Sockers at Valley View Casino Center. The game will be a rematch of last week’s meeting between the two teams at Citizens Business Bank Arena, where San Diego scored the final five goals for a 10-6 victory.

The Fury will return to Citizens Business Bank Arena on Jan. 13 to take on the Kansas City Comets for the first time. The game, which will kick off at 7 p.m., will feature the Fury wearing special jerseys honoring the Scheu Family YMCA of Upland. The jerseys will be auctioned off after the game with money raised going to support the YMCA and its mission.

Tickets for the game are on sale now at the Citizens Business Bank Arena box office or online at Ticketmaster.com. Tickets, including group packages, are available through the Fury’s office by calling 909-457-0252 and online at OntarioFury.com.