FC Plant City (1-5-0) vs Tampa Marauders (2-1-3)
5:00 pm kickoff - 30th Street Fields
FC Plant City have played much better the last two games with a win against Chargers SC and a one-goal defeat to St. Pete last week. Plant City is fighting to keep ahead of the Chargers for relegation and could shock the Marauders that have struggled with 3 draws this season. Goal scoring has come from all directions and Keeper duties have mostly fallen on Jorge Navarrette (2.57 GAA).
The Marauders lost a chance at 3 points last week by surrendering a second half goal to Chargers SC so they will need to play strong to keep their slim title chances afloat. Lorne Maxime netted two goals last week and leads the team with 4 for the season. Pierre Groutchov has helped with 6 assists on the year. Last week the Marauders used Keeper Saul Mendez (3.00 GAA) in the 3-3 draw, so are likely to go back to Zlatko Buzuk (1.00 GAA) in this one.
Chargers SC (0-4-0) vs Tampa Marauders (2-1-2)
2 pm kickoff - 30th Street Fields
The Chargers looked strong in the first half of the last game prior to Greater Tampa asserting their prowess on the way to a 4-0 victory. The Chargers are lacking fire power so will rely on defending well. Keepers Grembi (4.00 GAA) and Peek (3.00 GAA) have been splitting games.
The Marauders are coming off a bye week and are looking to keep pace near the top of the table. The Marauders have 9 different goal scorers three of which have 2 goals. Keeper Buzuk (1.00 GAA) will be looking for a strong performance.
Florida SC (2-2-0) vs Tampa Marauders (2-1-1)
7 pm kickoff
Florida SC’s record does not do their club justice with their only 2 loses coming to the Raiders last week (2-0) and a last minute goal by Greater Tampa Bay in week 1. League scoring leader Brett Durrance continued his coming in off the bench last week against the Raiders, but was unsuccessful against the strong defenders of the Raiders. Keeper Nick Garet has posted a 2.00 GAA in 3 games so far this season.
The Marauders received a strong 2 goal performance by Christopher DiNapoli in the last game in the absence of Lorne Maxime. The Marauders now have 3 multi-goal scorers and 8 overall scorers this season. Keeper Saul Mendez did a good job of shutting the door last game against the Chargers, but his 3.00 GAA would be pressed against Florida SC. The other keeper Zlatko Buzuk has played in two games and has a 1.00 GAA.
This is the return leg in this series on the back side of a 5-3 victory by Florida SC. This will be another very close game with the Marauders wanting revenge and Florida SC looking to move back up the table.
Tampa Marauders (1-1-1) vs Chargers SC (0-1-0)
4 pm kickoff
The Marauders continue to try to find the winning ways after a 2-2 draw with Greater Tampa Bay last weekend. The Marauders certainly looking in the dying minutes as if they could snatch 3 points but it wasn’t to be. Keeper Zlatko Buzak was back in the net last game and has an impressive 1.00 GAA. Offensively the Marauders have Shawn Meek and Lorne Maxime Jr. both with 2 goals. Javier Mitland returns to the lineup after sitting out with a red card last weekend.
Chargers SC looked strong as a team last weekend and the 4-0 loss was not evident in much of the even play throughout the night. Chargers look to gain momentum in the table with an upset of the Marauders in week 4. The Chargers will look to shore up the defense and keep the Marauders off the board.
The overall on this game is to look for a high scoring game, 5-6 goals is not out of the question.
Tampa Marauders (1-1-0) vs Greater Tampa Bay (1-0-0)
5 pm kickoff
The Marauders fell back to earth after a week 1 victory after Florida SC handed the Marauders a lop-sided 5-3 loss in which the score did not reflect the action. The Marauders have had 5 different goal scorers tally their 5 goals so far and have shared keeper duties with Zlatko Buzak posting a shutout in the opening victory and Saul Mendez allowing 5 goals in his debut. The Marauders regardless will look to shut down scoring chances while creating their own.
Greater Tampa Bay is coming off a week 1 victory over Florida SC after a late goal by Nazeem Bartman snatched 3 points for them. Keeper duties were shared in that game with Brian DiLoreto and Giancarlo Rodriguez each taking a half of scoreless action. GTB is coming off a bye-week so we look for a rested team to look to jump to the top of the table with 3 points in this game.