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Baltimore Defeats Rockford, 9-0

February 21, 2010 - Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) - Rockford Rampage News Release

ROCKFORD, Ill. -- The Rockford Rampage could not find the back of the net as the Baltimore Blast defeated Rockford, 9-0, on Sunday in Major Indoor Soccer League action at the MetroCentre

Next up for the Rampage is a 5:05 p.m. match on Sunday, Feb. 28, against the Milwaukee Wave at the MetroCentre. This is Rockford's final regular-season home match and Fan Appreciation Night. The Rampage then close out the regular season with four road games in March.

Rockford dropped its fifth straight game and was shut out for the first time in the organization's MISL/NISL tenure.

The Rampage (6-9) and Blast (7-7) played to a scoreless first quarter. Rockford had a power play opportunity with 4:48 left in the first when Baltimore's Mike Lookingland was called for tripping up the Rampage's Geison Moura. But the Blast defense held Rockford to a couple of deep shots, with Blast goalkeeper Sagu coming up with the saves.

With 8:34 remaining in the second quarter, the Blast's Scott Buete was penalized for tripping Rockford's Matthew Stewart. The Rampage put a couple of shots off of the frame but could not capitalize on the one-man advantage.

Despite Rockford having the edge possession-wise, Baltimore came close to finding the goal late in the second quarter. Rampage goalkeeper Ante Cop had to come up with a clutch save on Baltimore's Denison Cabral.

The Blast broke the scoreless affair with a Rod Dyachenko goal, assisted by Zach Wilkes, at the 1:54 mark to give Baltimore a 2-0 lead. The Blast padded their lead when Robbie Aristodemo scored from the right side (Cabral assisting) for a 4-0 advantage at the 12:20 mark of the third.

Baltimore's Machel Millwood had space to work with early in the fourth quarter when he gave the Blast a 6-0 lead at the 3:05 mark.

Rockford was penalized twice late in the fourth quarter, preventing the Rampage from stepping things up on the offensive down the stretch. Finally with 2:22 remaining, Cop played the role of sixth attacker as Rockford tried to find the inside of the frame.

Instead, with 55 seconds left, the Blast's Billy Nelson put the final nail in the coffin with a three-pointer for the 9-0 final score.

In the goal, the Rampage's Cop made nine saves while the Blast's Sagu saved 16 shots.

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