Northern Virginia FC will host Fredericksburg Fire in M3 East championship

by Andrew Ross

TAMPA, Fla. -- Northern Virginia FC will look to complete its perfect Major Arena Soccer League 3 season when it hosts the Fredericksburg Fire in the MASL3 East Championship game this Saturday in Winchester.

NoVA FC finished a perfect regular season at 10-0, and moved into the title game with a 10-5 win over the Baltimore Kings, while Fredericksburg and the Philadelphia Spartans played maybe the game of the year in M3, with the Fire scoring with just seconds remaining to take an 8-7 triumph.

Saturday's game will kick off at 5 p.m. at the Winchester Sportsplex. The game will stream live on ELEVEN Sports.

The two teams met four times in the regular season, with the most recent two matchups the closest games NOVA played all year, winning at home by two goals and at Fredericksburg by a lone goal.

Playing at the SECU Arena in Baltimore, prior to  a Baltimore Blast (MASL) home game last weekend, NOVA got a hat trick from A.J. Sheta to win their 11th straight. Henry Scott, one of four Kings who have signed contracts with the Blast this season, led the Kings effort with a pair of goals.

Brian Garcia scored four times to lead the Fire. Philadelphia led by a goal into the final minute of the fourth, but Lucas Mendes scored his second goal of the quarter with 42-seconds on the clock to tie it before Keith Witherell banged in the game winner with just four seconds to go.