February 18, 2013 - Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL)
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - The Missouri Comets ended the Milwaukee Wave's 16-game winning streak, and took a big step toward the MISL Playoffs, as Leo Gibson had a hat trick in a 17-9 victory in front of 3,892 fans at the Independence Events Center on Sunday afternoon. Missouri's win evened the season series between the two teams, with the Comets' the only team to have defeated the Wave twice this season.
It was Milwaukee, though, that got off to a strong start as Ian Bennett scored twice in the first quarter to give his side a 4-0 lead. Gibson hit back for the Comets late in the second, getting his side on the board just over halfway through the period before adding a shorthanded goal to tie the game up.
Missouri then took its first lead of the game just 31 seconds into the second half, Byron Alvarez finding the back of the net, but Milwaukee would quickly get back on even terms as Bryan Perez finished a counter-attack started by Tom Oatley to score on his debut for the Wave. The Comets took the lead for good late in the third, though, as Mads Falck controlled John Sosa's pass well on the left before shooting home into the right corner.
The Comets added to their lead in the fourth quarter, Alvarez scoring just over two minutes in, and the goal proved important as Bennett completed his hat trick with a 3-point goal just over two minutes later to cut the Wave's deficit to one. Missouri would hold on, though, with Vahid Assadpour and Gibson scoring insurance goals 83 seconds apart before Assadpour completed a seven-point night with an empty-net 3-pointer with six seconds to play.
SYRACUSE 17, ROCHESTER 15: The Syracuse Silver Knights completed a season-sweep of the Rochester Lancers with a dramatic overtime victory in front of 7,480 fans at the Blue Cross Arena. Andriy Budnyy sent the game to overtime with 12 seconds to play before Kenardo Forbes notched the game-winner a little more than five minutes into the extra session, his second goal of the game.
The Lancers opened the scoring early, Gary Boughton striking from 3-point range just over three minutes in. Syracuse got on the board soon after, Ryan Pierce making it 3-2 from Slavisa Ubiparipovic's assist, and the 2012 Rookie of the Year also played creator as the Silver Knights took their first lead through Neto 52 seconds into the second quarter.
The teams then exchanged the lead three times, goals by Mauricio Salles and Doug Miller for Rochester surrounding a strike by Forbes, but the Lancers were able to extend their lead the three points at the halftime break as Boughton scored his second. Rochester pushed on to start the third quarter, with back-to-back goals by Miller and Salles making it 13-6 just under four minutes in.
Syracuse got back into the game, however, as Pierce netted his second to start the rally before a 3-pointer by Nelson Santana made it 13-11. The Silver Knights then tied the game with less than five minutes to play, Budnyy getting his first, but Rochester appeared to have taken its first victory against its Thruway rival this season when Evan McNeley scored with 28 seconds to play. Budnyy wouldn't be denied 16 seconds later, though, and after both sides had chances to claim victory in overtime, Forbes put away the game-winner, keeping his side's slim playoff hopes alive.
BALTIMORE 12, WICHITA 6: The Baltimore Blast pulled away late to take victory against the Wichita Wings in front of 7,060 fans at 1st Mariner Arena on Saturday night, with Ptah Myers and Lucas Roque each scoring twice to earn their side its fifth consecutive victory.
The Blast held the Wings scoreless in the first half, and built a lead as Lucio Gonzaga and Myers scored just under a minute apart in the first quarter. Myers, who had a pair of hat tricks in his previous two games, added a second late in the second quarter to give the Blast a 6-0 halftime lead.
Wichita finally got on the scoreboard in the final minute of the third quarter, Tiguinho finding the net with 51 seconds to play. Andrew Hoxie quickly added a second before the quarter concluded, and the Wings' rally continued into the fourth as Tiguinho set up Victor Quiroz to tie the game just over two minutes in.
Baltimore would regain control less than 90 seconds later, however, as Marco Mangione restored his side's lead at the 3:43 mark. Sixteen seconds later, Roque notched his first to make it 10-6, and he then added another insurance goal midway through the quarter as Troy Hernandez finished with nine saves to earn victory in his return to action from injury.
Team W L Pct. GB PF PA
x-Baltimore 20 5 .800 - 369 222
x-Milwaukee 17 3 .850 0.5 251 181
Missouri 11 12 .478 8 305 333
Chicago 9 13 .409 9.5 247 277
Rochester 8 16 .333 11.5 306 367
Syracuse 7 15 .318 11.5 244 279
Wichita 7 15 .318 11.5 223 286
x-clinched playoff berth
Saturday, February 16
Syracuse 17, Rochester 15, OT
Baltimore 12, Wichita 6
Sunday, February 17
Missouri 17, Milwaukee 9
Monday, February 18
Wichita at Rochester, 7 p.m. ET
Milwaukee at Chicago, 8 p.m. ET
Friday, February 22
Wichita at Syracuse, 7:30 p.m. ET
Chicago at Missouri, 8:35 p.m. ET
Saturday, February 23
Milwaukee at Baltimore, 7:35 p.m. ET
Sunday, February 24
Milwaukee at Rochester, 4 p.m. ET
Wichita at Missouri, 4:10 p.m. ET