With an announced crowd of only 3,393 looking on, the Lazers assured themselves of at least a .500 record this season and almost locked up a bye into the quarterfinals of the Major Indoor Soccer League playoffs with a 7-1 win over the Kansas City Comets Monday night at the Forum.
A win by the third-place Lazers in either of their final two games of the regular season--at Las Vegas Thursday and at San Diego Saturday--or a loss by fourth-place Wichita in any of its final three games puts the Wings into a mini-series and the Lazers automatically into the next round.
On Monday, facing one of the league's hottest goalies, Manny Schwartz, the Lazers held a 2-1 lead at halftime and scored five unanswered goals in the final two quarters to break a three-game losing streak. Schwartz, No. 2 in the MISL at the start of the weekend with a 3.97 goals-against average, lost for only the second time in his last eight decisions.
Greg Ion got things started in the second half with his 17th goal of the season, Alan Kelley getting the assist. Zoran Savic, positioned directly in front of Schwartz, followed that less than three minutes later with his ninth score to give the Lazers a 4-1 lead heading into the fourth quarter.