ONTARIO – So far, it has been a great start for the Ontario Fury, the Inland Empire's new professional indoor soccer team.
The Fury turned in a dominating performance last Sunday night, crushing the visiting Sacramento Surge, 9-1, for their second straight win at Citizens Business Bank Arena.
The Fury were led in the game by forward Tino Nunez, who scored the team’s first-ever hat trick.
Nunez opened the scoring 5:17 into the game, hitting a beautiful bicycle kick for the first in a long line of goals for the Fury, who held winless Sacramento to just six shots on goal in the game.
The Fury got back-to-back goals 31 seconds apart, as Majell Aterado scored 31 seconds after Jeff Bader netted a goal. Aterado also had the assist on Bader’s goal, giving the Fury a 3-0 lead. Aterado ended the game with two goals and the one assist.
—— IN MORE PRO SOCCER NEWS, U.S. National Team star Carlos Bocanegra will be honored before the Fury's game against the Las Vegas Legends on Sunday, Nov. 24 at 4 p.m.
Bocanegra, who grew up in Rancho Cucamonga, is the owner of CB3 Sports Performance and Soccer Academy, which is based at the Upland Sports Arena — the official training facility of the Fury. He is currently a member of Chivas USA in Major League Soccer.
“It’s a great privilege for us that Carlos is going to come out to Citizens Business Bank Arena and see the Fury in action,” said Bernie Lilavois, the Fury’s president and coach. “And we are proud to host one of the Inland Empire’s true legends as we take on Las Vegas.”
Bocanegra will be honored on the field before the game, and will participate in the ceremonial kickoff before the Fury and Legends face off. He will also be available to sign autographs at the Fury’s merchandise table from 3:30 to 3:45 p.m.
—— IN PRO HOCKEY NEWS, the Ontario Reign team is playing extremely well, earning its fourth straight win with a 3-1 conquest of the San Francisco Bulls last Sunday afternoon to complete a seven-game road trip.
With a man in the box, Ontario's Dan DaSilva stole the puck at the Reign blue line from Steven Tarasuk and skated toward the Bulls cage on a breakaway. DaSilva faked a hard shot, pulled the puck in close, and backhanded it past Tyler Beskorowany for the Reign's first shorthanded goal of the season.
The Reign made the most of a 5-on-3 advantage with a controlled play in the Bulls' end. A passing play between DaSilva and Jake Newton ended up on the stick of Cameron Burt at the point; Burt ripped a hard shot deep into the Bulls' net to give Ontario a 2-0 lead at the 15:15 mark of the second period.
After San Francisco received a goal from Mark Lee, the Reign clinched the game when Adrian Van de Mosselaer picked up a quick pass from Derek Couture and snapped a shot past Beskorowany from the right circle for the Reign's insurance goal. DaSilva earned his third point of the game with the other assist.
Goalie Michael Hutchinson remained unbeaten, stopping 38 of 39 shots.
The Reign will return home for games on Friday, Nov. 22 and Saturday, Nov. 23 against Bakersfield.
The Saturday 6 p.m. game will be dedicated to Loma Linda University Children's Hospital. During “LLUCH Jersey Night,” the Reign will auction off 24 exclusive player jerseys and will feature current and past patients from the hospital.
Since the inception of “Jersey Night” in 2009, the Reign has raised more than $75,000 for Children’s Hospital.
The 24 player jerseys that will be auctioned off throughout the game are one-of-a-kind. The highest bidder will not only take home the player jersey, but a hand-painted canvas that the corresponding player made with a patient at LLUCH.
Reign players visited patients at LLUCH on Oct. 29 to make the unique canvases with handprints and autographs of the players.
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