The Harrisburg Heat go on the road again this weekend. The Heat visit the Rochester Lancers on Saturday evening at 7:30 P.M. The Heat are playing their third game in a row on the road as they are in the middle of a four game road stand. The Heat currently have a record of 4-2 and are in fourth place in the eight team Eastern Conference. The game can be viewed on line at masltv.com.
With the Heat getting off to a strong start this season, individual players are also being honored and appearing on the MASL league statistics leaderboard. The team is being led by Dom Francis who just signed a five year extension to his contract to remain in Harrisburg. Francis has scored thirteen goals for the Heat in the first six games of the year and currently ranks second in the MASL in goals scored. Francis has also been named to the MASL Team of the Week twice this season. The Heat have also been strong defensively. Elton de Oliveira leads the MASL in blocks with fifteen. William Banahene and Jesus “Chuy” Molina have proven to be an excellent tandem in goal.
The Heat are looking to continue the progress they made during the 2018/2019 season. With Head Coach Pat Healey at the helm, the Heat increased their wins by 83% last year as they finished with a 11-13 record. There was also significant improvement during the season last year as the Heat began with a 1-7 record in the first eight games of the year. Over the final sixteen games, the Heat won 10 games including two wins over the Baltimore Blast and wins against Utica City FC and the Milwaukee Wave. Milwaukee was the 2018/2019 champions of the Major Arena Soccer League and Baltimore and Utica were play-off teams last season.
After another road game in Utica on January 12th, the Heat return home to the Farm Show Arena for a doubleheader weekend on January 18th and 19th. On the 18th, the Heat play Soles de Sonora from Mexico at 7:05 P.M. On Sunday, January 19th, the Heat once again play the Rochester Lancers at 5:05 P.M.