Ottawa, ON- The Worcester Hydra had to battle towed cars, flat tires, back roads and traffic early Sunday afternoon. Once they finally got to the field, they ran into their biggest problem of all: the Ottawa Fury.
The Fury dominated the Hydra all game, outshooting them 22-3 and routing them, 4-0, at Algonquin College Soccer Complex.
Coming off a 3-2 win against the Vermont Voltage on Saturday, the Hydra (4-4-5) were shorthanded on Sunday, having only 12 available players who made the trip to Canada.
Leading scorer Alencar Junior, forwards Charlie Rugg and Michael Bustamante and Eboy Badgie, who all made the trip to Vermont, did not play against the Fury (7-3-2).
The Hydra were outshot 13-1 in the second half and played with 10 men for the final 10 minutes after head coach Elvis Comrie took out Adedoja Akinsanya due to heat exhaustion. Defender Russell Guidici was given a yellow card in the 88th minute after arguing with a referee.
Goalkeeper Oliver Blum made a season-high 10 saves for the Hydra, who play three more games in their inaugural season.
The Hydra trailed 2-0 at halftime after goals by Drew Beckie and Carlo Basso, and allowed goals in the 50th and 53rd minute. Edward Campbell and Beckie scored in the second half for the Fury, who moved up to second place in the Northeast Division of the Eastern Conference.
Late in the first half, the Hydra had a chance with a corner kick, but the ball was kicked out by the Fury and passed to Campbell. Campbell dribbled down the left side of the field and crossed a pass to a wide-open Basso, who quickly sent a shot past Blum to give the Fury a 2-0 lead.
William Beauge, Sandro Rajkovic and Basso each recorded assists.
Before the game, the Hydra had car troubles and had to face traffic on Canada Day. The game was delayed 45 minutes.
by Matt Eisenberg