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Chicago Soul Fall 18-16 to Rochester Lancers in Overtime

November 10, 2012 - Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) - Chicago Soul FC News Release

CHICAGO - The Chicago Soul (1-3) dropped to the Rochester Lancers (1-1) after an intense overtime battle Saturday night at the Blue Cross Arena. The Lancers, led offensively by Doug Miller's four goals, sealed their 18-16 victory with a sudden death goal by Rey Martinez.

Roberto Gallo prepares to fire the ball past

Rochester's Pat Hannigan.

The Soul got off to a sluggish start in the first quarter, allowing the Lancers to score six straight points. Rochester's Mauricio Salles scored the first goal of the night, followed by Miller, who knocked in three straight goals to make it 6-0 by the end of the first quarter.

Chicago regained control in the second quarter, assembling a six-point rally to even the board. Christian Meza fired in the Soul's first goal at the 4:52 mark. Bato Radoncic followed up shortly after with another two-point goal. Carlos Muñoz provided the equalizer to make it 6-6 by the half.

The Soul came out the same way in the third quarter as they did in the second, guns blazing, as Meza, Muñoz and Radoncic each added a goal to give Chicago a 12-6 lead. Salles put an end to the Soul's 12-point run with a three-point goal, cutting Chicago's lead to 12-9 before heading into the action-packed fourth quarter.

Miller tied up the game at 12 with a three-pointer before Jeremy Ortiz put the Lancers back on top 14-12. Moments later, Soul's Roberto Gallo evened the playing field on a power play advantage. Rochester quickly restored the lead on a goal by Miller, but Chicago answered right back with another goal by Gallo to send the game into overtime.

The overtime game-winner came on a play by Rochester's Luis Enrique, who fed the ball to Martinez to blast past Chicago's Jeff Richey, and the Soul's hard-fought battle came to an end with a third consecutive loss on the road.

"It's always tough when you lose in such a close game," said Soul Head Coach Manny Rojas. "But this is all a learning experience for us, especially for our young, inexperienced guys. The fact that we are coming so close to the teams we've been facing, and while being on the road too, shows that we do have the potential to contend in this league.

"We just have to remain optimistic now, learn from our mistakes, and hope that our injured players can come back to help restore the on-field chemistry."

The Soul return to action on November 21 when they take on the Lancers once again in Rochester.

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