The good news is that the Philadelphia KiXX have finally wrapped up a six game road trip to start the season. The bad news is that they finished the trip with a with 23-13 loss to LaRaZa (3-4) in Monterrey, Mexico leaving them with a record of 1-5 for the season. The loss overshadowing a hat-trick by KiXX forward Anthony Maher.
Following a much needed holiday break, Philadelphia looked as if the time off was well served. Maher got the scoring started with a two-pointer at 3:38 of the opening frame, and an ensuing Angel Rivillo to Adauto Neto goal at 4:55 made it 4-0 in favor of the KiXX as the first quarter came to a close.
Monterrey found their groove in the second stanza and was able to quickly ignite some offense. An early Ángel Hernández three-pointer brought La RaZa within a point, before Héctor Vallejo gave Monterrey its first lead just a few minutes later, 5-4. Philadelphia continued to battle. A beautiful triple off the foot of 2008-09 Defender of the Year Pat Morris at 11:25 would give the KiXX a 7-5 advantage as the two teams headed into the locker rooms at halftime. Forward David Castellanos scored the assist on the Morris knock.
Rough start to the second half for Philadelphia as La RaZa started the third frame with a 14-0 run and before the blink of an eye, the KiXX were down 21-5.
So with the 23-13 loss and the six game road trip in their rear view mirror, the KiXX now look forward to their historic first home game at the Liacouras Center on the campus of Temple University next Saturday, January 9th, when they host the Rockford Rampage at 7:00 p.m. Season and group ticket packages for the KiXX are available now by calling 1-888-888-KiXX.