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January 21, 2013 - Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) News Release

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The Baltimore Blast rallied to take a 14-12 overtime victory against the Syracuse Silver Knights on Friday night as Tony Donatelli scored off a restart 1:28 into the extra session to break a two-game losing streak. Stephen De Roux sent the game to overtime with an early fourth-quarter goal, while Machel Millwood scored twice for the Blast. Slavisa Ubiparipovic led the Silver Knights with two goals and two assists.

The Silver Knights jumped out to an early lead, Neto opening the scoring 36 seconds into the contest before goals by Ubiparipovic and J.D. Gruenewald made it 6-0 just past 10 minutes into the game. Millwood pulled a goal back for the Blast before the end of the quarter, and then helped his side pull level as he scored his second goal of the night early in the second quarter. Max Ferdinand then drew his side level 14 seconds later.

Syracuse regained the lead through Ubiparipovic, but Donatelli quickly brought the Blast level again, sending the teams to the break tied 8-8. Baltimore then took its first lead of the game, Patrick Healey scoring a shorthanded goal to put his side ahead early in the third quarter.

Syracuse hit back midway through the period, Andriy Budnyy finishing off a fine pass by Ubiparipovic from close range before Neto's second goal of the game put his side ahead with just less than three minutes in the third. DeRoux's finish just more than two minutes into the fourth quarter brought the sides level, and Donatelli's strike from the left side of the penalty area earned his side a dramatic victory.

FRIDAY

MILWAUKEE 12, CHICAGO 6: The Milwaukee Wave scored five fourth-quarter goals to take victory against the Chicago Soul at the Sears Centre Arena, with Ian Bennett and Hewerton each scoring twice to allow the Wave to rally for victory.

Chicago had held a 6-2 lead entering the final frame, but Hewerton cut into the deficit just less than six minutes into the fourth quarter before Joe Hammes brought the sides level at the 8:08 mark. The Wave then took the lead 75 seconds later, Tenzin Rampa finishing off a chance created by Marcelo Fontana, before Bennett and Hewerton each added late goals against the sixth attacker to ice the victory.

After a scoreless opening period, Cuitlahuac Meza put the Soul ahead 3:27 into the second quarter as he finished off a pass from Carlos Farias. Bennett pulled the Wave even three minutes later, but the Soul regained the lead early in the third quarter as Pablo scored against his former side.

Aaron Nichols added his first goal of the season just before the end of the third quarter, giving the Soul a four-point cushion with 15 minutes to play. However, they were unable to withstand the Wave's pressure in the fourth quarter, and unable to find a way past Nick Vorberg after falling behind with the veteran goalkeeper finishing the night with 26 saves.

ROCHESTER 19, WICHITA 10: A big second half led the Rochester Lancers to victory against the Wichita Wings at Hartman Arena, with Mauricio Salles and Andy Tiedt each scoring twice to help snap the Lancers' six-game losing streak.

In a tight first half, Salles opened the scoring with a blast from 3-point range midway through the first quarter before Wichita's Andrew Hoxie found the net against his former team with just less than four minutes to play. Doug Miller restored Rochester's three-point lead four minutes into the second quarter, but Hoxie's second made it a one-point game going to the break.

Rochester then exploded out of the gates to start the second half, with Evan McNeley scoring his first goal for the club, from 3-point range, 1:40 into the third. A little more than a minute later Stephen Basso also struck from 3-point range, making it 11-4, before Salles' second midway through the quarter made it a nine-point game.

Wichita tried to rally, but each time it found the net the Lancers would answer, keeping their lead at a minimum of seven points the remainder of the game. Tiguinho's third-quarter effort was answered by Tiedt's first 40 seconds into the fourth. Freddie Moojen had a pair of fourth-quarter goals for the Wings, but Kyle Manscuk and Tiedt each scored in reply to wrap up the win for the Lancers.

SATURDAY

MISSOURI 30, ROCHESTER 17: Leo Gibson set a new MISL record, recording a 16-point night as the Missouri Comets took an impressive victory against the Rochester Lancers in front of 5,269 at the Independence Events Center. Gibson broke his teammate Byron Alvarez's record, scoring six goals and adding two assists.

The Comets got out to a fast start, with Ryan Junge opening the scoring from 3-point range after only 30 seconds. Gibson then scored three consecutive goals, the first coming 40 seconds after Junge's strike and another from 3-point range, before Rey Martinez pulled a goal back for the Lancers to make it 10-2.

Martinez struck again early in the second quarter, but Lucas Rodriguez and Cristiano scored goals 59 seconds apart for the Comets to give them a 14-4 lead. Mauricio Salles hit back for the Lancers, driving home a 3-pointer, before Vahid Assadpour made it 16-7 for the Comets. Doug Miller then recorded back-to-back goals, the second coming on a shootout for the Lancers, to cut the lead to five, before Brian Harris hit another 3-pointer for the Comets and Pedrinho scored with 0.3 seconds to play for the Lancers to leave Missouri ahead 19-13 at the break.

Rochester reduced the lead to four 1:22 into the third quarter, Salles scoring his second, but it would come no closer as Gibson's second 3-pointer of the night made the score 22-15. Evan McNeley scored his second goal in as many games for the Lancers 37 seconds into the fourth quarter, but the Comets then pulled away, Gibson scoring another two goals, and assisting on a goal by Cristiano, as the Comets completed their victory.

MILWAUKEE 9, CHICAGO 5: The Milwaukee Wave completed a sweep of their home-and-home series against the Chicago Soul as they took victory at U.S. Cellular Arena. Giuliano Oliviero had a goal and assist on his return to the lineup for the Wave as they set a new franchise record with their 12th consecutive victory.

As in their Friday meeting, the game opened tightly, with Milwaukee scoring the only goal of the opening quarter through Jonatan Santos midway through the period. Both defenses remained on top in the second quarter until Ian Bennett scored his third goal in two games with 3:39 to play in the half, but Carlos Farias pulled a goal back for the Soul 26 seconds later, keeping Milwaukee's lead at two going to the break.

Oliviero, who had assisted on Santos' goal in the opening quarter, had the only goal of the third, and Hewerton added a 3-pointer to give the Wave a 9-2 lead less than three minutes into the fourth quarter. Carlon Muñoz scored a 3-pointer of his own for the Soul with just less than six minutes to play, but Chicago was unable to get any closer as the Wave held on for victory.

SUNDAY

BALTIMORE 27, SYRACUSE 13: The Baltimore Blast recorded two runs of five consecutive goals as they took victory against the Syracuse Silver Knights in front of 4,567 fans at The Oncenter, completing a weekend sweep. Lucio Gonzaga led the Blast with a hat trick, while Adriano Dos Santos and Machel Millwood each had two goals and an assist.

The Blast imposed their imprint on the game from the start, scoring four goals in the opening four minutes. Mike Lookingland opened the scoring 46 seconds in, and Millwood quickly added a second. Ptah Myers and Gonzaga then scored within 32 seconds of each other, and J.T. Noone added a fifth midway through the quarter to make it 10-0.

Syracuse rallied late in the quarter, Andriy Budnyy scoring from 3-point range to get his side on the board before Neto scored from close range to get the Silver Knights within five at the end of the first. Tony Donatelli scored the only goal of the second quarter, however, starting another five-goal run that saw Dos Santos open his account early in the third. Millwood and Gonzaga's second followed, with Marco Mangione firing home from 3-point range to make it 21-5.

Neto pulled a goal back late in the third, and Syracuse got within 10 points as Ryan Pierce and Slavisa Ubiparipovic scored early in the fourth, but Dos Santos' second, a finish from Max Ferdinand and the completion of Gonzaga's hat trick extended the Blast's lead to 16 points. Budnyy's second late proved a consolation for the Silver Knights, who returned to the bottom of the MISL standings.

RESULTS

Friday, January 18

Baltimore 14, Syracuse 12, OT

Milwaukee 12, Chicago 6

Rochester 19, Wichita 10

Saturday, January 19

Milwaukee 9, Chicago 5

Missouri 30, Rochester 17

Sunday, January 20

Baltimore 27, Syracuse 13

SCHEDULE Monday, January 21

Wichita at Chicago, 3:30 p.m. ET

Friday, January 25

Rochester at Baltimore, 7:35 p.m. ET

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

Saturday, January 26

Missouri at Baltimore, 7:35 p.m. ET

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

Sunday, January 27

Missouri at Rochester, 1 p.m. ET

Chicago at Milwaukee, 4 p.m. ET

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