On the road? No problem for visiting Philly, NOVA FC in picking up M3 wins this weekend

by Brian Ackley

TAMPA, Fla. -- It was a good weekend to be a road team in the Eastern Division of Major Arena Soccer League 3 play with both the Philadelphia Spartans and Northern Virginia FC picking up wins as the away teams in Frederick and Baltimore respectively. 

The Spartans rolled into Maryland and came home with a 12-5 win over Skyline City FC, breaking open a 5-2 halftime game with four unanswered goals in the third quarter.

Jason Rocha was the offensive star, turning in a huge night with four goals and three assists. Jared Dillion had three goals and an assist while Timmy Dugan had two goals and two assists as the Spartans evened their mark to 1-1. Ryan Senior had two goals to lead Skyline City, now 0-2. 

NOVA FC built a 7-2 lead in Baltimore, and then withstood a late Kings challenge to stay as the only unbeaten team in the east. 

The Kings (1-2) pulled to within 7-4 on a goal by Henry Scott who had the hat trick for Baltimore, but that was as close as the hosts could get. Alton West was an offensive beast with three goals and two assists for the NOVA FC (2-0).

IN a midwest division matchup this weekend, Sunflower State FC defeated the Springfield Demize, 6-3, in Kansas City. For Springfileld it was their first loss in three starts while for Sunflower State, it was their first win in three starts. 

Sunflower State led 2-0 at the half, and were led by Kegan Lammering  who scored twice and Jose Ramos with a goal and one assist.