The Chicago Mustangs traveled to Tulsa on Friday and came away with a dominating 16-9 victory over the host Tulsa Revolution. Omar Santillan led the Mustangs offense by scoring the hat trick and adding two assists. David Aranda, Bryan Mora, Luis Ortega and Miguel Vaca all added two goals each for Chicago. Chicago now sports a 13-0 record with just three games remaining in the PASL regular season.
A choppy first quarter between the teams seemed to slow the Mustangs attack, but Alexis Carmarena got Chicago on the board at 9:37. Santillan and Aranda scored late in the opening quarter to make it 3-0 at the first intermission.
Tulsa scored in the first minute of the second quarter, but the three-goal lead was restored at 10:54 when Adrian Ortiz finished off his 10th goal of the season. Two more Chicago goals from Clark Bradford and Vaca made the score 6-2 with 2:09 remaining in the half and the Mustangs seemed to seize control. The Revolution would not give in that easy and scored twice in just over a minute to make the halftime score 6-4.
A message from coach Armando Gamboa must have been sent (and received) at halftime as the Mustangs had a different level of intensity coming out in the third quarter. Despite giving up a Tulsa goal just :17 in, Chicago dominated the third scoring six goals on six shots. Diego Penaranda, Moya, Aranda, Ortega, Efrain Martinez and Vaca provided the offensive explosion and Chicago lead 12-7 heading to the final 15 minutes.
Tulsa again scored in the first minute of the fourth quarter, but three straight goals from Moya and Santillan (two) gave Chicago the commanding 15-8 lead with 4:30 remaining. The night was capped off with Mustangs goalie Jesus Flores getting his first goal in the final minute to make the final 16-9.
Chicago next travels to face the Wichita B-52’s (6-6) on Saturday. The game also is a quarterfinal in the U.S. Open tournament. Game time is scheduled for 7:05 PM. Fans may watch it live on the big screen at Red Card Lounge at Grand Sports Arena.