Fury Suffers Heartbreak in 5-6 Overtime Loss at Monterrey

by Gunnar Berndt

Californians lament near misses, standout play by Franck Tayou

By Gunnar Berndt

Monterrey, Nueva León, Mexico. – Despite a gritty effort in Mexico, the Ontario Fury suffered defeat by the slimmest of margins on Sunday afternoon, falling 5-6 in overtime to a Monterrey Flash side that impressed on both sides of the ball and got a boost from Franck Tayou’s two goal, two assist performance. Ontario, which hit the post numerous times throughout the match, very nearly came away with victory at Arena Monterrey, not least thanks to a goal and two assists from defender Victor Quiroz. The narrow loss sees the team drop to 7-6 on the season while remaining in second place in the MASL Pacific Division.

The Flash displayed killer instincts in the opening period, which they closed out with a 2-1 lead despite conceding an early goal to the visiting Californians. After Quiroz put Ontario on the board from an Andy Reyes assist, MASL leading goalscorer Adrien Perez was unlucky not to double his side’s lead, hitting the left upright twice within the same attacking sequence. The Fury was brutally punished at the other end, Brayan Aguilar demonstrating excellent foot work to shield the ball from goalkeeper Chris Toth and opposing defenders at the left post and then centering to a streaking Franck Tayou for a simple finish.

Tayou would be involved in his squad’s next goal as well, picking out his brother Uzi Tayou for the lead. Ontario netminder Chris Toth did well to deny one-on-one chances on two occasions in the first quarter, first cutting down the angle at the right post to block away a shot by Héctor Vallejo and later doing so again on a similar attempt by Daniel Lopez.

The Franck Tayou show continued in the second period, with the Cameroonian-American setting up Edgar González to help increase the Flash lead to 3-1. While Ontario responded well to the setback, with Dallin Cutler tapping home on an assist by Quiroz, only a fantastic reaction save by Toth kept Monterrey from re-establishing the old margin on a power play. Damien Garcia found himself wide open mere feet from the net, but the Fury standout had other plans as he somehow managed to make contact with his left hand and deflect the ball just wide of the frame.

With his side back at full strength, Perez stunned the Flash defense with a dizzying dribble and a determined toe poke toward goal that rattled the left upright yet again. Showing no sympathy toward the visitors’ misfortunes, Franck Tayou subsequently showed perfect aim as he converted an assist from his brother Uzi to bring the score to 4-2 before the end of the half.

After Ontario’s Francisco Cordeiro set the tone in the third quarter by smashing a shot off the right post, his teammate Maicon De Abreu did find the net as he sent home a Perez pass to cut the deficit to one. Having tasted blood on his earlier miss, an unmarked Cordeiro then tied things up in the game’s fourth period, calmly finishing past onrushing goalkeeper Diego Reynoso on an exquisite long ball over the top by Quiroz. Home side Monterrey would reclaim the lead courtesy of a Reyes own goal, but Coredeiro was on hand again to touch the ball over the line for his second of the period and a 5-5 scoreline.

Before the end of the quarter, Ontario goalkeeper Toth came up with a dramatic one-on-one save to keep the game tied. However, the visitors would then face relentless pressure in overtime, including a low drive off the left post by González, followed by the golden goal from Miguel Vaca. The defender-midfielder smashed the ball home on a setup play by Lopez to give his side the win and send the home crowd into a frenzy.

The Ontario Fury looks to defend second place in the MASL Pacific Division standings when it travels to take on Turlock Express on Friday, February 1. Head Coach Jimmy Nordberg’s men then return home for a blockbuster clash with division-leading rivals San Diego Sockers on Thursday, February 7. Tickets to all Fury home games at Citizens Business Bank Arena may be purchased by by clicking here or by calling 909-457-0252.