The Los Angeles Lazers lost an opportunity to take sole possession of first place in the Major Indoor Soccer League's Western Division Thursday night when they were beaten, 7-6, at the Forum by the Minnesota Strikers.
The loss, combined with the Sockers' 6-3 defeat by the Baltimore Blast at San Diego, leaves the Lazers and Sockers tied for first in the division, each with a 14-6 record.
A four-goal performance by Minnesota forward Jan Goosens was the difference in the game.
Goosens put the Strikers in front early when he scored his 22nd goal of the season just 3:32 into the game. Minnesota increased its lead to 2-0 nine minutes later on a goal by Allan Willy.
The Lazers came back to tie the score at 2-2 on goals by Stuart Lee, his 19th of the season, and Zoran Savic, but Goosens again put the Strikers in front with his second goal of the night at 11:23 of the second period.