Chicago Storm Downs Baltimore 3-1
Baltimore, Md. The Chicago Storm defeated the two-time defending MISL champion Baltimore Blast 3-1 tonight at the 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore, Md. to improve their record to 3-2 in the Central Division. Baltimore fell to 2-5 in the East. Storm goalkeeper Danny Waltman made 18 total saves in the contest, including 10 in the fourth quarter to shut down the Baltimore offense that has scored a league-high 29 goals coming into the game.
We knew Baltimore would be a tough game, said Storm Head Coach Frank Klopas. They have some injuries, but we knew they would come out strong and they did. We were able to keep organized and defensively we were able to close down a lot of quality shots. Danny (Waltman) made some great saves to preserve the win. This was an important win for us during a difficult weekend of games. We have to build on this win going to Philadelphia and moving forward.
Storm forward Byron Alvarez tallied the game-winner at 4:43 of the second quarter on an assist from midfielder Novi Marojevic. The 26-year-old Mexican forward gave the Storm a 2-0 lead and the goal marked the fifth of the campaign for Alvarez, which extended his scoring streak to five games to mark one in each game in team history.
Early in the first quarter, the Storm capitalized on a tripping penalty by Blast defender Billy Nelson. Marojevic ripped the eight-yard freekick from the left side of the field, finding the far low corner past the wall and Blast goalkeeper Sagu. The power play goal came at one second into the man- advantage, to mark the fastest power play goal in Storm history and the second goal of the year for Marojevic.
The Blast cut into the Storm lead at 11:37 of the second stanza on the fifth tally of the season for Giuliano Celenza.
Midfielder Matthew Stewart gave the Storm a two-goal advantage at 13:15 of the third quarter. Storm defender Tijani Ayebusi dished off a pass to Stewart. The El Paso, Tex. native maneuvered around two Blast defenders at the top of the penalty area and fired a shot to the lower left corner past a diving Sagu to give the Storm a 3-1 lead.
Waltman proceeded to shut down the Blast as they implemented the sixth attacker and the Gig Harbor, Wash. native made four saves in the final four minutes.
The Yellow and Black will head to Philadelphia tonight for a matinee encounter with the undefeated KiXX at the Wachovia Spectrum in Philadelphia, Penn. at 12:05 p.m. CT. The game can be heard live on www.chicagostorm.net and will also be televised on tape delay on Comcast SportsNet at 1:00 p.m. CT on Thursday, November 18.
The Storm will return to the UIC Pavilion on Thursday, November 26 to face the Milwaukee Wave at 7:30 p.m. CT. The game will be televised live on Comcast SportsNet and can be heard live on www.chicagostorm.net.
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