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Chicago Clinches Final Playoff Berth

March 4, 2013 - Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) News Release

CHICAGO - Carlos Muñoz had a hat trick and Carlos Farias two goals and two assists as the Chicago Soul claimed a playoff berth in their inaugural MISL season with a 17-6 victory against the Syracuse Silver Knights at the Sears Centre Arena on Friday night. The victory eliminated both Syracuse and the Rochester Lancers from contention, and set up a semifinal series with the Baltimore Blast in the MISL Playoffs.

Chicago got off to an ideal start, with Alex Megson giving his side the lead a little more than five minutes in from Farias' assist. Bato Radoncic soon made it 4-0 to the Soul, and while Syracuse was able to pull a goal back early in the second quarter through Slavisa Ubiparipovic, Farias restored his side's four-point advantage from the penalty spot before Muñoz scored his first to make it 8-2 at the break.

Muñoz and Farias then scored back-to-back goals early in the third quarter, Farias' coming from 3-point range, to increase the Soul's lead to 11. The deficit proved too big for the Silver Knights to bridge. While Neto pulled a goal back from the penalty spot, making it 13-4 at the end of the third quarter, Muñoz's third goal of the night, and another by Matt Stewart, capped Chicago's victory.

The Soul will now meet a Blast side they defeated twice at home, and lost to twice on the road, in the MISL Playoffs. The series will open in Chicago on Tuesday night at 8:30 p.m. ET, before heading to Baltimore on Saturday night at 7:35 p.m. ET.

WEDNESDAY

MILWAUKEE 12, SYRACUSE 8: The Milwaukee Wave got a pair of goals from both Nick Perera and JP Rodrigues as they held off the Syracuse Silver Knights at The OnCenter on Wednesday night.

Milwaukee took control of the game early, with Perera and Ian Bennett scoring 26 seconds apart to give their side a 4-0 lead. Rodrigues added his first before the Silver Knights pulled a goal back through Kenardo Forbes, but Milwaukee restored its six-point advantage by the end of the first through Luan Oliveira.

Perera's second goal was the only tally in the second quarter, and Syracuse again pulled a goal back through Slavisa Ubiparipovic early in the third to stay within range of a comeback. Rodrigues' second made it 12-4 midway through the third quarter, however, and the Wave were able to withstand the Silver Knights' attempt to rally, Neto and Forbes each scoring to get their side within four, but no closer.

MISSOURI 8, CHICAGO 6: Byron Alvarez's overtime goal earned victory for the Missouri Comets as they locked up the No. 3 seed in the MISL Playoffs with victory against the Chicago Soul at the Sears Centre Arena.

In a tight battle, the Comets took the lead midway through the opening quarter through Jeff Hughes, only for Chicago to hit back less than a minute later, Matt Stewart finding the net to leave the game tied after 15 minutes. Missouri regained the lead in the second quarter, Vahid Assadpour giving his side a 4-2 halftime lead.

Chicago hit back in the third quarter, scoring a pair of goals 28 seconds apart by Stewart and Fred Degand to take its first lead of the game, but Assadpour was on hand to tie the game up before the end of the period, leaving the teams even.

The score remained level throughout the fourth quarter as both Missouri's Danny Waltman and Chicago's Jeff Richey put in standout performances, but Alvarez was able to finish from a restart, volleying home John Sosa's low cross, to earn his side a series with the Milwaukee Wave in the semifinals of the MISL Playoffs.

SATURDAY

MILWAUKEE 10, SYRACUSE 6: Nick Perera had two goals and an assist to lead the Milwaukee Wave to victory against the Syracuse Silver Knights in front of 8,009 fans at U.S. Cellular Arena.

The Silver Knights twice took the lead in the first quarter, only for the Wave to tie the game each time. Ryan Pierce opened the scoring, sending home a low finish into the left corner of the net. Milwaukee hit back, Marcio Leite tying the game, but Bozidar Jelovac restored Syracuse's lead less than a minute later.

From there, however, the Wave took control. Perera scored his first a minute after Jelovac's to tie the game at 4-4, and Milwaukee earned its first lead of the contest late in the second quarter as Perera struck again.

Fabinho added to the Wave's lead with the only goal of the third quarter, while Luan Oliveira made it 10-4 late in the fourth. Jelovac pulled a consolation goal back for Syracuse shortly following Olivera's goal, but the Silver Knights were unable to find the net again.

SUNDAY

MILWAUKEE 8, WICHITA 6: Ian Bennett scored the game-winning goal 12 seconds into the third quarter, while Marcel Feenstra recorded 18 saves, as the Milwaukee Wave took victory against the Wichita Wings in the final game of the MISL Regular Season.

Feenstra had to be sharp early, with Wichita storming out of the gates to try and get an early advantage. The Wings did late in the quarter, through Chris Lemons, but the Wave were able to get back on even terms as Ian Bennett scored with 18 seconds to play in the quarter to make it 2-2.

Wichita regained the lead early in the second quarter, Daniel Villegas finding the back of the net on Tiguinho's second assist of the game, but Milwaukee again hit back, this time through Joe Hammes. The Wings then took the lead a third time, Andrew Hoxie finding the net, but Milwaukee was able to enter halftime even after Nick Perera scored his fifth goal in three games.

Bennett then struck moments into the third quarter, catching the Wings off guard, and Feenstra was able to make the goal stand. The Wave will now face the Missouri Comets in the semifinals of the MISL Playoffs, with the series opening on Thursday night in Missouri before returning to Milwaukee on Sunday afternoon.

FINAL STANDINGS

Team W L Pct. GB PF PA

y-Baltimore 21 5 .808 - 379 228

x-Milwaukee 21 5 .808 - 310 230

x-Missouri 13 13 .500 8 330 363

x-Chicago 11 15 .423 10 293 308

Rochester 10 16 .385 11 326 385

Syracuse 8 18 .308 13 279 328

Wichita 7 19 .269 14 260 335

x-clinched playoff berth

y-clinched home-field throughout playoffs

RESULTS

Wednesday, February 27

Milwaukee 12, Syracuse 8

Missouri 8, Chicago 6, OT

Friday, March 1

Chicago 17, Syracuse 6

Saturday, March 2

Milwaukee 10, Syracuse 6

Sunday, March 3

Milwaukee 8, Wichita 6

MISL PLAYOFFS SCHEDULE

No. 1 Baltimore Blast vs. No. 4 Chicago Soul

Game 1: Baltimore at Chicago, Tuesday, March 5, 8:30 p.m. ET

Game 2: Chicago at Baltimore, Saturday, March 9, 7:35 p.m. ET

No. 2 Milwaukee Wave vs. No. 3 Missouri Comets

Game 1: Milwaukee at Missouri, Thursday, March 7, 8:35 p.m. ET

Game 2: Missouri at Milwaukee, Sunday, March 10, 4 p.m. ET.

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