By Med City FC
Med City FC met LC Aris FC on Tuesday night in the Mayhem’s penultimate conference match, with Med City running out 7-0 winners over Aris in what was a dominant performance from start to finish.
The Mayhem controlled play from the first minute and created several early chances, hitting a post and a crossbar and forcing Aris keeper Mitchell Dryden into a number of fine saves. After all those near misses, Med City finally struck as outside defender Joshua Balsiger made a nice run down the left side, collected a pass from forward Mazeed Aro-Lambo and sent a thundering shot past Dryden and into the roof of the net.
That goal opened the floodgates, with Aro-Lambo adding a second assist on a ball to midfielder Toby Millward in the 31st minute, followed by two goals in two minutes by midfielder Lucas Hart. Forward Henry Tolbert rounded out the scoring late in the first half and the Mayhem went into the locker room with a 5-0 halftime lead.
With his mind already turning to a big match with Minneapolis City SC on Friday, head coach Neil Cassidy started ringing in changes to start the second half. Peter Lange-Neilson, in just his second game back from injury, came in for Henry Tolbert and goalkeeper Hamza Aboulezz entered for his first action of the season. The first two subs made a quick impact, as well, with Lange-Neilson scoring just four minutes after entering the game to make the score 6-0.
Aboulezz was forced to make a fine save just a few minutes later to keep the clean sheet for the goalkeeping corps.
Med City FC continued to empty the bench, using all seven subs and giving Mayhem captain Jack Hilton-Jones his first minutes off this season. Man of the Match Aro-Lambo capped the scoring with a goal in the 69th minute to go with his team-record four assists in the match and provide the final score of 7-0.
Up next for the Mayhem is a date with Minneapolis City SC in Rochester on Friday night. A win or tie keeps Med City FC’s hopes of a playoff berth alive, while a loss would mean no repeat of the team’s 2019 playoff appearance. Game time is at 6:45 pm with gates opening at 6:00 pm. LC Aris FC will host Dakota Fusion FC on Saturday night in Arcadia, Wisconsin, still looking for a first win of the season.
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