La Riptide vs. Chicago Machine
May 25, 2008
The Game Story:
CARSON, Calif. After allowing 22 goals in their season opener, the Los Angeles Riptide returned to the Home Depot Center looking to turn things around. With an award-winning performance from Terry Riordan, the Riptide got that win with a 10-9 decision over the Chicago Machine.

Riordan was named as the Bud Light MVP after scoring a game-high five goals, including three in the fourth quarter, as the Riptide held off a surging Chicago squad for their first win of the season.

The Machine took a 2-0 lead in the first eight minutes of the opening stanza before the Riptide put together four straight goals for a 4-2 advantage with 3:37 left in the first half.

However, the Machine got things in gear and scored four of the next five goals for a 6-5 lead with 7:04 left. Brian Clayton tallied a goal with an assist during the rally.

Riordan and Chazz Woodson scored consecutive goals to regain the edge at 7-6 before Clayton tied the game with eight seconds left, scoring an unassisted marker.

After Clayton opened the fourth quarter with a goal to give Chicago a one-goal lead, Riordan took over by scoring three straight goals for a 10-8 Riptide lead with just under four minutes remaining. With 1:45 remaining, Brad Heritage scored off a feed from Kevin Leveille to close the margin to 10-9, but the Riptide held off the Machine for the victory.

Riordan was the only multi-goal scorer for the Riptide with his five-goal effort while Spencer Ford tallied three assists.

Heritage led Chicago with two goals in the loss.