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Blast Take Overtime Victory

February 4, 2013 - Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The Baltimore Blast took their second overtime victory of the season against the Syracuse Silver Knights on Friday night, as Adauto Neto scored the game-winning goal in a 10-8 win at The Oncenter. The Silver Knights rallied back from a six-point deficit, only to fall to their fourth overtime loss of the season.

Syracuse opened the scoring, Nate Bourdeau finding the back of the net midway through the first quarter, but the Blast pulled away to a 6-2 lead at the end of the first quarter as Marco Mangione first tied the game before Tony Donatelli put Baltimore ahead just more than a minute later.

Ptah Myers added a third with just more than a minute remaining in the first quarter, and the Blast extended their lead to 8-2 through Mike Lookingland 3:30 into the second. That was where the game stood at the halftime break, but the Silver Knights were able to get back into the game early in the third quarter as Slavisa Ubiparipovic made it a four-point game.

Antonio Manfut continued the rally early in the fourth quarter, scoring his first goal in the MISL, and Kenardo Forbes tied the game a little less than two minutes later as Syracuse appeared set to take its first win against the Blast this season. Baltimore got a standout goalkeeping performance from William Vanzela, however, with the Italian Futsal international making a pair of key saves in overtime before Neto roofed a shot from the right side to give the Blast victory 6:38 into the extra session.

THURSDAY

CHICAGO 8, WICHITA 6: The Chicago Soul held on for a crucial victory in the race for the playoffs, solidifying their fourth-place position in the standings as Bato Radoncic had a pair of goals against the Wichita Wings at the Sears Centre Arena.

After a scoreless first quarter, the Soul took the lead through Eric Lukin with what would be the only goal of the first half as both Chicago's Jeff Richey and Wichita's Sanaldo put in solid performances. The Wings' offense came to life in the third quarter as back-to-back goals by Adrian Gonzalez and Miguel Ferrer put their side up 4-2, but Chicago got back on even terms late in the quarter through Radoncic's first.

The Soul regained the lead early in the fourth quarter, Aaron Nichols scoring at the 4:20 mark, and less than a minute later Radoncic had his second for an 8-4 lead. The Wings tried to rally, Frederico Moojen making it a one-goal game with less than four minutes to play, but the Soul were able to hold on and claim their ninth win of the season.

FRIDAY

MISSOURI 12, ROCHESTER 11: Leo Gibson continued his hot run of form, recording a hat trick, including the game-winning goal, as the Missouri Comets maintained their hold on third place in the MISL standings with victory against the Rochester Lancers in front of 4,611 fans at the Independence Events Center.

In a tight first half, the Comets scored the only two goals, Gibson converting a power-play opportunity before Lucas Rodriguez made it 4-0 later in the first quarter. The game exploded into life after the halftime break, however, with Rochester pulling a goal back through Elliot Fauske before Missouri made it 8-2 on goals by Byron Alvarez and Jeff Hughes 27 seconds apart.

Rochester hit back, Mauricio Salles driving home a finish from 3-point range, before Gibson notched his second to make it 10-5. The Lancers got within three points 31 seconds before the end of the third quarter as Alan McGreal found the back of the net, and then took the lead through back-to-back goals by Doug Miller, the second coming from the penalty spot.

Missouri claimed its seventh victory at home this season through Gibson, though, as he restored the Comets' lead 30 seconds after Miller's penalty, making it 12-11, and Missouri was able to withstand the Lancers' late pressure to in the final three minutes to hold on for victory.

SATURDAY

MILWAUKEE 29, MISSOURI 15: The Milwaukee Wave clinched home-field advantage for the opening round of the MISL Playoffs, pulling away late for victory against the Missouri Comets in front of 5,602 fans at U.S. Cellular Arena. Luan Oliveira and Hewerton each had six-point games to lead the Wave to their 15th consecutive victory.

Missouri opened up an early 5-0 lead, Jeff Hughes scoring from 3-point range before Byron Alvarez converted a power-play opportunity in the first three minutes. Milwaukee hit back, scoring back-to-back goals by Israel Sesay and Ian Bennett to cut the lead to 5-4, and from there the teams exchanged goals, Mads Falck scoring for the Comets and Oliveira for the Wave before the end of the first.

That pattern continued into the second quarter, with Vahid Assadpour and Brian Harris both scoring for the Comets and Marcelo Fontana and Hewerton answering for the Wave. Milwaukee then took its first lead of the game just before halftime, Giuliano Oliviero making it 12-11 at the break.

The teams continued to go back and forth in the third quarter, Vahid Assadpour restoring the Comets' lead 34 seconds in before Oliveira made it 14-13 20 seconds later. Milwaukee then created its first bit of separation as Fabinho struck from 3-point range, but Leo Gibson made it a one-goal game again early in the fourth quarter. That was the Comets' last goal, however, as Milwaukee gradually pulled away. Sesay and Nick Perera made it 21-15, and then the Wave added three more goals against the sixth attacker to round out the victory.

BALTIMORE 11, SYRACUSE 6: The Baltimore Blast scored a pair of late goals to complete a sweep of their home-and-home series with the Syracuse Silver Knights in front of 6,316 fans at 1st Mariner Arena. The win secured the Blast home-field advantage in the opening round of the playoffs, and kept them within a game of the Milwaukee Wave at the top of the MISL standings.

Baltimore's Mike Lookingland and Syracuse's Neto each scored twice in the opening quarter, Lookingland opening the scoring before Neto scored twice to give the Silver Knights the lead with just less than five minutes to play in the first.

Lookingland tied the game just more than a minute later, and after a scoreless second quarter the Blast retook the lead as Marco Mangione found the back of the net 1:59 into the third. Neto completed his hat trick late in the third quarter, tying the game 6-6, and for much of the fourth it appeared the game could be headed to overtime. Stephen DeRoux's close-range finish gave Baltimore the lead for good with 5:03 to play, however, and Ptah Myers' 3-pointer into an empty net with 33 seconds to play put the game away.

WICHITA 14, ROCHESTER 11: A late fourth-quarter rally earned the Wichita Wings victory against the Rochester Lancers, and helped keep their playoff hopes alive with six games to play in the season. Kareem Yearwood led the Wings' late charge, while Andrew Hoxie had a hat trick against his former club.

Rochester took an early lead through Pedrinho after 90 seconds, but Wichita claimed the lead at the end of the first quarter as Hoxie and Adrian Gonzalez scored 19 seconds apart to make it 4-2. Rochester hit back, Mauricio Salles scoring from 3-point range a little more than four minutes into the second quarter, but Hoxie and Miguel Ferrer each scored late in the half to make it 8-5 at the break.

Rochester had the better of the third quarter, and pulled within a point as Brayton Knapp scored 78 seconds after the break. The Lancers then took the lead as Evan McNeley finished off a breakaway to give his side a 9-8 lead with 15 minutes to play.

Wichita pushed to regain the lead, and was rewarded when Yearwood broke down the right and slipped a low shot into the back of the net. Less than a minute later, Hoxie completed his hat trick as he capitalized on a defensive turnover, and Alex Mosely made it 14-9 with a good finish from the left. Doug Miller scored a late goal to pull the Lancers within three, but they were unable to score again, allowing Wichita to hold on for victory.

STANDINGS

Team W L Pct. PF PA

x-Milwaukee 16 2 .889 228 153

x-Baltimore 17 5 .773 313 192

Missouri 10 11 .476 275 297

Chicago 9 12 .429 232 258

Wichita 7 13 .350 206 257

Rochester 7 14 .333 261 321

Syracuse 6 15 .286 227 264

x-clinched playoff berth

RESULTS

Thursday, January 31

Chicago 8, Wichita 6

Friday, February 1

Baltimore 10, Syracuse 8, OT

Missouri 12, Rochester 11

Saturday, February 2

Milwaukee 29, Missouri 15

Baltimore 11, Syracuse 6

Wichita 14, Rochester 11

SCHEDULE

Friday, February 8

Rochester at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. ET

Baltimore at Wichita, 8:35 p.m. ET

Sunday, February 10

Rochester at Milwaukee, 4 p.m. ET

Baltimore at Missouri, 4:10 p.m. ET

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