With two goals, Ruggles earns All MASL honors in Week 10

by Brian Ackley

LAKELAND, Fla. – Drew Ruggles scored twice to earn All Major Arena Soccer League defender honors following the Florida Tropics 7-1 win over the St. Louis Ambush last weekend.

It was the second time in three games that Ruggles had two goals in a game. He turned the same trick Jan. 12 in a 10-3 win over the Orlando SeaWolves, also adding two assists in that contest. 

The one goal allowed against St. Louis was a team record for fewest goals allowed in a game. For the season, Ruggles has  five goals and two assists to go along with a team-high 13 blocked shots. 

The Tropics  – with a record of 10-1 and atop the MASL Eastern Conference – will look for two more team records this weekend. A win Friday in Dallas against the Sidekicks would mark the Tropics sixth straight win, the longest streak in club history, and 11th on the season, eclipsing the current team record of 10 set in 2017-18. Friday's game in Dallas marks the halfway point of the 24-game regular season. 

Florida will then play Saturday, Feb. 1 in Mesquite – before returning to host the 13-time champion San Diego Sockers on Saturday, Feb. 8. San Diego and Florida are two of the three teams in the MASL with just one loss heading into this weekend.

All three games will be broadcast live at masl.tv, and the Feb. 8 game against San Diego will be televised live on WTTA-TV, Great 38 in Tampa. For more information, visit fltropics.com.