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Detroit tops shorthanded Storm

March 9, 2008 - Major Indoor Soccer League 2 (MISL 2) - Chicago Storm News Release

PLYMOUTH, Mich. - A shorthanded Chicago Storm squad fell to the Detroit Ignition, 15-7, on Sunday in Major Indoor Soccer League play at Compuware Arena. The Ignition (17-7), winners of five straight, took the season series against Chicago, 3-1. The Storm (14-11) played without Stephen Armstrong (ankle injury), Gabriel Cigliano (MCL sprain) and Mark Ughy, who served a red card violation from Saturday's match against Monterrey. Randy Soderman also did not travel with the team, as only 14 Storm players dressed for Sunday's game.

Next up for the Storm is a road match against the New Jersey Ironmen at 6:30 p.m. (CST) Saturday, March 15, at the Prudential Center. The Storm's next home game is at 7 p.m. March 22 against the Baltimore Blast at the Sears Centre Arena. Following the match, Sister Hazel performs as part of the Storm's and Q101's game and a concert series, brought to you by Comcast. Tickets start at only $16. For $5 more, spectators can see the band at the field level.

On Sunday, the Ignition shut out the Storm, 4-0, in the first half and carried a 6-0 lead early in the third quarter. The Storm's Benjamin Chavolla got Chicago on the scoreboard with a two-point goal at the 2:49 mark. Edgar Rivera, coming off his first MISL goal, a last-second game-winner, against Monterrey on Saturday, assisted Chavolla's goal that cut Detroit's lead to 6-2.

But Detroit scored four of the remaining six goals of the match to maintain a decisive lead throughout the second half. In between, the Storm's John Ball scored a two-point goal at the 3:35 mark of the fourth quarter, and Andy Rosenband capped off the match with a three-point goal at the 8:08 mark of the fourth.

Storm goalkeeper Jeff Richey saved 11 of 16 shots and allowed 11 points through 49:25. Jim Larkin finished the remainder of the match and saved one of three shots. For Detroit, former Storm goalkeeper Danny Waltman played for all but 1 minute, saving 19 of 22 shots.

For the Ignition offense, Ryan Mack had two two-point goals and two assists. Hewerton Moreira had a three-point goal and two-point goal, Worteh Sampson contributed a two-pointer and an assist, and Jamar Beasley opened the match with a two-point goal 15 seconds into the action.

Playoff picture:

Late last week, it was reported that the Storm's next victory assures a playoff spot. However, Chicago has only secured a tiebreaker advantage against the Philadelphia KiXX. The Storm currently hold a tiebreaker advantage over the California Cougars with a 2-1 series lead. But the two teams still face each other one more time March 28 at the Sears Centre.

Therefore, the Storm's magic number to clinch the playoffs is two. Chicago needs to earn two more victories, can clinch with a Storm victory combined with a California defeat, or can clinch with two California losses. This week, California travels to Monterrey on Thursday, March 13, and hosts Baltimore on Sunday, March 16. Only two teams - Detroit and Milwaukee - have qualified for the playoffs so far.

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