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Lancers Draw Well, but Lose in Their Home Opener
Lancers Draw Well, but Lose in Their Home Opener

Not Holleder Stadium: The Rochester Lancers new home, the Blue Cross Arena at the Rochester War Memorial.

Sunday, November 13, 2011 Rochester, NY - For the first time since 1980, the Rochester Lancers played a home opener in our fair city.

The original Rochester Lancers of the North American Soccer League (NASL) folded 31 years ago. These new Lancers, of a different era, and league (MISL), played Saturday before about 6,500 fans, at the Blue Cross Arena at the Rochester War Memorial.

Festivities kicked-off around 11:00a.m. in the atrium, when Penfield youth rock band Nex Generation took the stage. Their oldest band member is 14 years old, with the band's drummer and bass player--each--only 11. Nex Generation plays a mixture of rock standards, with a specialty in AC/DC.

On the field, the pre-game show included the all-new Lancer Dancers (same name as original squad), revving up the crowd with a dance-cheer routine. Then, the newest member of the Rochester Lancers took the field, the team's mascot, Lancer Louie (sure to be a kid favorite). Louie ran on to the field of play, during the opening ceremonies, dressed in a purple dragon costume.

Shortly after, the six owners of the Rochester Lancers took the field. Major sponsors of the Lancers, and their representatives, joined the owners, with an ESL executive kicking-off the ceremonial first ball to former Rhinos star, and new Lancers striker, Doug Miller. The ESL official was joined by sponsor Ray Isaac, of Isaac Heating and Air. Representatives of Vision Automotive were also present in the Arena.

The Lancers never had the lead in Saturday's game, but did convert two spectacular goals, especially the second.

Rochester scored its first goal off a break-away by Jeremy Ortiz (originally of Edison, NJ). He blasted a shot from about 20 feet out, and ripped it by the Comets' goalie. But it was Rochester's second goal that belongs on ESPN, or FOX Soccer Channel, and their highlights reels. Brazilian striker Mauricio Salles, the former Rochester Rhino, took a page out of his countryman's playbook, the legendary Pele, by pummeling a 'bicycle kick', from the right side, into Missouri's net. Their goalie never had a chance.

In the end, the Lancers fell to the Comets by a score of 13-4. And that score is a tad deceiving, since in the MISL, goals that count for two and three points are the norm.

Next game has the Lancers at home once again, this time hosting their Thruway rival (and undefeated), the Syracuse Silver Nights. Game time is 7:00pm, this coming Saturday night, November 19th. Tickets remain. http://www.rochesterlancers.com/

 

MISL STANDINGS

 

Eastern Division

 

Team GP W L GB WPCT FOR AGAINST 3GF 2GF 3GA 2GA GF HOME AWAY
Syracuse 3 3 0 - 1.000 57 29 5 21 3 10 26 1-0 2-0
Baltimore 1 0 1 2 .000 7 18 1 2 2 6 3 0-1 0-0
Norfolk 1 0 1 2 .000 7 23 1 2 3 7 3 0-1 0-0
Rochester 2 0 2 2.5 .000 19 29 1 8 1 13 9 0-1 0-1

 

Central Division

 

Team GP W L GB WPCT FOR AGAINST 3GF 2GF 3GA 2GA GF HOME AWAY
Missouri 3 3 0 - 1.000 43 22 3 17 0 11 20 1-0 2-0
Milwaukee 0 0 0 1.5 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0-0
Wichita 2 0 2 2.5 .000 18 30 0 9 2 12 9 0-1 0-1

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