A balanced Risers’ attack early on was rewarded with an onslaught of eight straight goals and a big win.
Muskegon battled Cincinnati evenly to a 2-2 tie through almost the whole first quarter. But Mendez’ first goal of the game with a minute left in the period, started an avalanche for the Risers.
Adam Knight opened the second with a tally, giving Muskegon a 4-2 lead. Miguel Fores next found the net and the Risers were up, 5-2. Colin O’Keefe put Muskegon up 6-2 just before half and the rout was on.
Muskegon started the second half with four straight goals, taking an insurmountable 10-2 lead and managed to control the rest of the night.
Using a 33-13 shot advantage, Muskegon had three players finish with two goals apiece. Flores, Brandon Dinsmore, and James Dutcher each found the net twice on the night.
Also scoring goals for Muskegon were Henry Spees, Brandon Edwards, and Jacob Potts.
Riser goalie Akani Miyambu posted the win, making seven saves while allowing four goals. Michael Vollmer filled in the final ten minutes of action and made three saves of his own.
Muskegon is now 5-5 overall and will next play at home on March 5 against first-place Cleveland.
The Risers are currently in second place of the Great Lakes league. The top two spots earn post-season berths. With Chicago (2-6) and the BC Swerve (1-5) both trailing Muskegon, a post-season showing looks very promising for the indoor soccer team.
Check out photos from the action shot by Michael Banka.