Flat Fourth Quarter Costs Soul Victory, Wave Win 12-6
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Soul appeared to be well on their way to victory, but fell flat in the fourth quarter, allowing the Milwaukee Wave to score five goals and take the 12-6 win Friday night at the Sears Centre Arena.
"We made a lot of defensive mistakes," Soul Head Coach Novi Marojevic said of his squad's loss. "When you give a team like Milwaukee restart opportunities, they're going to capitalize. They're an experienced team. Our lack of experience really showed late in the game tonight and it cost us the game."
After a scoreless first quarter, the Soul put the game into motion as Christian Meza scored in the second quarter to give his side a 2-0 lead over the MISL defending champions. The Wave evened the playing field minutes later on a goal by Ian Bennett, and the squads headed into halftime tied at 2 apiece.
The third quarter opened up with a goal by ex-Wave midfielder Pablo, and the Soul were back on top, 4-2. Aaron Nichols extended the advantage later in the quarter on his first goal of the season, allowing the Soul to take a four-point lead before heading into the final period of play.
The fourth quarter wasn't as kind to the Soul. Milwaukee's Hewerton put the momentum in the Wave's favor when he cut the Soul's lead to 6-4. Joe Hammes tied the game at 6-6, and a minute later, Tenzin Rampa gave the Wave their first lead of the game. Bennett added fuel to the fire when he scored late in the quarter, making it a 10-6 Milwaukee advantage. Hewerton struck again for the Wave with 2 seconds remaining to hand the Soul a 12-6 loss, snapping Chicago's four-game winning streak at home, while extending their own overall winning streak to 11.
The Soul will look to make a quick turnaround and avenge their loss when they face the Wave again on Saturday in Milwaukee.
"Tomorrow, we're going to try to play the same we did in the first three quarters and hope that the guys don't make the same mistakes they did late in the game," said Marojevic. "It's going to be tough, but I'm still positive that we can beat this team."
Saturday's kickoff is set for 6:00 p.m. CT at the U.S. Cellular Arena. The Soul will return home on Monday to take on the Wichita Wings on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Kickoff is at 2:30 p.m. CT at the Sears Centre Arena. For ticket information, visit www.chicagosoulfc.com or call (224) 699-4110.
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Major Indoor Soccer League Stories from January 19, 2013
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