2012–13 Ohio Vortex season

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Ohio Vortex
Ohio Vortex PASL 2012 logo.gif
2012–13 PASL season
Executive Director Jodi Wayble
Head Coach Denzil Antonio
Arena Pinnacle Sports Complex
Medina, Ohio
PASL 5th, Eastern
US Open Cup Round of 16
Highest home attendance 311
(November 3, 2012)
vs Rockford Rampage
Lowest home attendance 112
(December 22, 2012)
vs Harrisburg Heat
Average home league attendance 210
(over 8 home games)[1]

The 2012–13 Ohio Vortex season was the fourth season of the Ohio Vortex indoor soccer club. The Vortex, an Eastern Division team in the Professional Arena Soccer League, played the majority of their home games at the Pinnacle Sports Complex in Medina, Ohio. The team was led by executive director Jodi Wayble and head coach Denzil Antonio.

Season summary[edit]

The Vortex struggled in the regular season, posting a 1–15 record, and failed to advance to the postseason. The team won only one game, against the Illinois Piasa, before dropping the final 13 matches giving the franchise the longest losing streak in the league this season. The franchise struggled off the field as well, drawing only an average of 210 fans per home game, besting just the two Arizona-based teams.[1] The Ohio club's abrupt relocation from Canton 60 miles northwest to Oberlin just before the start of the season then again 30 miles east to Medina after the second home game likely contributed to the team's box office issues.

The Vortex participated in the 2012–13 United States Open Cup for Arena Soccer. They received a bye in the Wild Card round then lost to the Detroit Waza in the Round of 16, ending their tournament run.

Off-field moves[edit]

Founded in 2008, the Ohio Vortex began play in the 2009–10 season at the Cleveland Metroplex Events Center in Warrensville Heights, Ohio, before settling into the Canton Civic Center in Canton, Ohio.[2] The team, an original member of the Professional Arena Soccer League, followed in the footsteps of the Canton Invaders, a team in the National Professional Soccer League that called Canton home from 1984 through 1996.[3]

On October 26, 2012, one week before the start of the season, the team announced it was moving from Canton to Oberlin, Ohio, for the 2012–13 season and would play their home games at the Gameday Sports Center.[4][5] After the first two home games, the team relocated to the Pinnacle Sports Complex in Medina, Ohio.

On March 14, 2013, the team began selling off its game uniforms and pre-game warmup shirts via its official Facebook page.[6] The team's official website was taken down in June 2013.

Roster moves[edit]

On November 20, 2012, Vortex goalkeeper Mike Mason was named PASL Player of the Week for his role in the team winning its first game of the 2012–13 season. Mason's 18 saves in a 7–0 win against Illinois Piasa constituted the fifth shutout in league history and first since February 2011.[7]

On December 5, 2012, the Vortex announced the signing of midfielder Joe Salem. An Akron, Ohio, native with professional experience on the Puerto Rico Islanders of the North American Soccer League, Salem is also an assistant coach at Highland High School.[8]

Schedule[edit]

      Win       Tie       Loss

Regular season[edit]

Game Day Date Kickoff Opponent Results Location[9] Attendance
Final Score Record
1 Saturday November 3 7:35pm Rockford Rampage L 1–6 0–1 Gameday Sports Center § 311[10]
2 Saturday November 10 7:30pm at Detroit Waza L 1–12[11] 0–2 Taylor Sportsplex 437[12]
3 Saturday November 17 7:35pm Illinois Piasa W 7–0[13] 1–2 Gameday Sports Center § 205[14]
4 Saturday November 24 7:05pm at Harrisburg Heat L 1–13[15] 1–3 Farm Show Arena[16] 1,864[17]
5 Saturday December 8 7:35pm Detroit Waza L 3–13[18] 1–4 Pinnacle Sports Complex 176[19]
6 Saturday December 15 7:35pm Cincinnati Kings L 2–10 1–5 Pinnacle Sports Complex 243[20]
7 Saturday December 22 7:35pm Harrisburg Heat L 2–9[21] 1–6 Pinnacle Sports Complex 112[22]
8 Saturday December 29 7:05pm at Harrisburg Heat L 2–9[23] 1–7 Farm Show Arena[24] 1,705[25]
9 Friday January 4 7:35pm Detroit Waza L 2–8[26] 1–8 Pinnacle Sports Complex 160[27]
10 Saturday January 5 7:35pm Cincinnati Kings L 3–10 1–9 Pinnacle Sports Complex 219[28]
11 Saturday January 19 7:35pm
(8:35pm Eastern)
at Illinois Piasa L 4–10 1–10 The Sports Academy 319[29]
12 Sunday January 20 6:00pm at Cincinnati Kings L 2–12 1–11 GameTime Training Center 161[30]
13 Saturday February 2 7:30pm at Detroit Waza L 1–19[31] 1–12 Taylor Sportsplex[32] 367[33]
14 Saturday February 9 7:35pm
(8:35pm Eastern)
at Illinois Piasa L 5–14 1–13 The Sports Academy 397[34]
15 Sunday February 10 6:00pm at Cincinnati Kings L 1–16 1–14 GameTime Training Center 344[35]
16 Saturday February 16[36] 7:35pm Harrisburg Heat L 3–8[37] 1–15 Pinnacle Sports Complex 259[38]

† Game also counts for US Open Cup, as listed in chart below.
§ Team began season at Gameday Sports Center; relocated to Pinnacle Sports Complex for final six home games.

2012–13 US Open Cup for Arena Soccer[edit]

Game Date Kickoff Opponent Results Location Attendance
Final Score Record
Wild Card BYE
Round of 16 December 8 7:35pm Detroit Waza L 3–13[18] 0–1 Pinnacle Sports Complex 176[19]

References[edit]

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  28. ^ "Box Score: Pinnacle Sports - Sat, Jan 05, 2013". Professional Arena Soccer League. January 5, 2013. Retrieved January 5, 2013. 
  29. ^ "Box Score: The Sports Academy - Sat, Jan 19, 2013". Professional Arena Soccer League. January 19, 2013. Retrieved January 20, 2013. 
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