Heat Play Rochester Lancers At Home On Saturday Night
The Harrisburg Heat of the Major Arena Soccer League (MASL) return home with a game against the Rochester Lancers at the Farm Show Arena on Saturday night. The Heat kick off against the Lancers at 7:05 P.M. The Heat currently have a 2-1 record and are in a tie for third 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 eight goals for the Heat in the first three games of the year and currently ranks tied for second in the MASL in goals scored. Francis has also been named to the MASL Team of the Week for the past two weeks. In addition, JJ Gibson is tied for the league lead in assists with five. The Heat have also been strong defensively as the Heat have allowed only eight goals in the first three games. Dylan Hundelt leads the team in blocks with five which ranks tied for second in the league. William Banahene and Jesus “Chuy” Molina have proven to be an excellent tandem in goal. Banahene leads the league with a 2.00 goal against average. Molina ranks fifth in the league with a goal against average of 3.33.
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.