Orlando SeaWolves Close Out Season With Win Over Tropics

by Austin David

Orlando, FL, – On fan appreciation night and the final game of their season, the Orlando SeaWolves broke a six-game losing streak to finish the season out on a positive note, beating in-state rivals  

“We said that the one thing we wanted to do was end this season on a positive note,” Head Coach Tom Traxler said after the match. “It means a lot when we can deliver a great result and make our supporters happy, and I think that’s what we did tonight.” 

The scoring in the game went through moments as Florida struck first early in the first quarter. Orlando would settle down and tie the game after capitalizing on a turnover, with Gordy Gurson finishing off the set up by Osvaldo Rojas.

Orlando would get into the second quarter and open up a two-goal cushion with two goals within 20 seconds of each other. Stefan Mijatovic would score the first one, then Jonny Mendoza would finish the second one seconds later to open up a 3-1 lead.  

Florida would cut into the lead with a penalty, but Orlando was able to take a 3-2 scoreline into halftime. 

To start the third quarter, Florida would tie the game just two minutes in. Both teams held serve for the rest of the quarter as they went into the fourth with a 3-3 scoreline. Less than a minute into the final frame, Mario Alvarez stabbed in an Osvaldo Rojas shot that was initially saved, to give Orlando a fleeting lead that would disappear seconds later as the Tropics once again responded to tie the game to make it 4-4.

Orlando would finally break through and hold the lead after Thiago Freitas showed off a wonderful bit of skill to finish his 14th goal of the season. After Florida tried to fight back into the game, Gordy Gurson would seal the victory away with his second goal of the night with just two seconds left, to lift the SeaWolves to a 6-4 win. 

The win came with a stellar 21-save performance from goalkeeper Rainer Hauss, while Gurson finished with a brace to bring his team-leading goals to 34.