Written by James Bowers
(Harrisburg, PA, December, 29, 2012) - The Harrisburg Heat beat the Ohio Vortex 9-2 Saturday night in front of 1,705 fans at the Equine Center of the Farm Show Complex. Harrisburg defender Christopher Williams scored four goals and added an assist. Forwards Yann Ekra and Mitch Walters, along with midfielders David Schofield, Tyler Witmer and defender Craig Tyrell registered a goal apiece. Defender Brad Kerstetter contributed two assists as seven other different Heat players tallied one assist: Witmer, Kenny Fultz, Jason Hotchkin, Tom Mellor, Trevor Lee, and Yann Ekra. Dave Kern only gave up two goals and saved eight shots. Ohio forwards Ben Truax and Evan McCreary converted on both goals for the Vortex. The win for Harrisburg gives them a 3-5 record, improving their third place stance in the Eastern Division standings. The loss for Ohio drops them to 1-7 and tied for fourth place in the Eastern Division.
It would take Harrisburg just 25 seconds into the game to open the score sheet. Midfielder Tyler Witmer shot a ball with his right foot off the right wall. The ball would travel through the middle of Ohio’s key, finding defender Christopher Williams’ left foot for finish. Three minutes later, dealing with high pressure from Ohio’s defense, Heat midfielder Kenny Fultz was forced to take a shot from the right side of the field. The ball would bounce off the right wall and skim through Ohio’s key, landing in forward Yann Ekra’s right foot for the goal. Midway through the quarter, Harrisburg’s Williams received the ball in the middle of the key with his back against the goal. Williams would make a quick left turn and blast a left footed shot for his second goal of the night. A minute and a half later, Heat defender Brad Kerstetter controlled a volley in the right corner from Williams. Kerstetter then kicked the ball off the right wall, rolling just inches away from the goal. Harrisburg midfielder David Schofield would slide into the box to knock the ball in for a 4-0 lead. Six minutes into the second quarter, Heat forward Tom Mellor crossed a ball from the left side of the field to the middle of the key to Williams for the hat-trick. The Heat would take a 5-0 lead going into halftime.
Less than two minutes into the second half, Harrisburg forward Trevor Lee dribbled the ball on the right side of the field, scissoring through the Vortex defense and crossing the ball over to the middle of the key. Forward Mitch Walters would run towards the ball for the one-time, right footed shot for the goal, his third goal of the season. Ohio would get their first goal six minutes into the quarter as Josh Danza kicked the ball off the left wall. The ball would travel through the middle of the Heat’s key, landing in Ben Truax’s possession for the righted foot blast. Harrisburg would lead 6-1 after three quarters.
Less than two minutes into the fourth quarter, Ohio’s Jared Dombrowski sent a ball from the middle of Harrisburg’s box to Evan McCreary on the left side for the right, upper ninety finish. The goal would cut the Harrisburg’s lead to four. Three minutes later, the Heat would end the Vortex’s 2-0 run with three goals in two and a half minutes with goals from Williams, Craig Tyrell and Tyler Witmer. The three goals were assisted by Kerstetter, Ekra and Williams. The three goals would be the last of the night as the final score of the match was Harrisburg 9-2, earning the Heat their second straight win of the season and improving their record to 3-5.
The Heat’s next home game of the season is scheduled for 7:05pm Saturday, January 19that the Equine Arena of the Farm Show Complex against the Detroit Waza. The Harrisburg Heat will retire Heat Legend Jim Pollihan’s jersey during the halftime ceremony. For more information or questions regarding the Harrisburg Heat, contact the team at 717-657-7678, or visit www.harrisburgheat.com.
HAR- Christopher Williams (Tyler Witmer) 1st Quarter, 0:25
HAR- Yann Ekra (Kenny Fultz) 1st Quarter, 3:44
HAR- Christopher Williams (Jason Hotchkin) 1st Quarter, 8:01
HAR- David Schofield (Brad Kerstetter) 1st Quarter, 9:34
HAR- Christopher Williams (Tom Mellor) 2nd Quarter, 5:55
HAR- Mitch Walters (Trevor Lee) 3rd Quarter, 1:13
OH- Ben Truax (Josh Danza) (Powerplay) 3rd Quarter, 5:35
OH- Evan McCreary (Jared Dombrowski) 4th Quarter, 1:23
HAR- Christopher Williams (Brad Kerstetter) 4th Quarter, 4:18
HAR- Craig Tyrell (Yann Ekra) 4th Quarter, 5:47
HAR- Tyler Witmer (Christopher Williams) 4th Quarter, 6:47
Starting Lineup: Dave Kern, Brad Kerstetter, Jason Hotchkin, Tyler Witmer, David Schofield, Christopher Williams
Substitutions Available: Kenny Fultz, Kent Ramirez, Yann Ekra, Andrew Marshall, Tom Mellor, Mitch Walters, Trevor Lee, Craig Tyrell
Starting Lineup: Sasha Djuric, Ben Truax, Jared Dombrowski, Josh Danza, Evan McCreary, Camden McCreary
Substitutions Available:Anthony Grazetti, Ryan Gregg, Louis Kastelic, John Zapotechne, Zach Branca, Denzil Antonio, Jason Fellenstein
Crew Chief: Joe Della Penna
Assistant Referees: Mike Lukas, Scott Meyers
Technical Referee: Dustin Killick
Scorekeeper: Ron Mull