Force Falls To Milwaukee Wave In Overtime
MILWAUKEE, WIS. -- The Cleveland Force traveled to Milwaukee, Wisconsin and was defeated tonight by the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) Central Division Milwaukee Wave in the first meeting of the season by a final score of 6-5 in overtime at the U.S. Cellular Arena. The game was also marked the first game of back-to-back weekend games for Cleveland.
With the loss, the Force fell to 1-3 overall, 1-2 versus Central Division opponents, 0-2 on the road this season and 5-18 all-time in Milwaukee. With the victory, the Wave improved to 4-1 overall, 2-0 versus Eastern Division opponents and 3-1 at home.
Cleveland and Milwaukee battled back and forth throughout the first quarter until Force forward Sipho Sibiya scored his fourth goal of the season off the third assist of the season for midfielder Gary DePalma at 12:21 of the first period.
The Wave tied the game for the first time (1-1) when forward and defending MISL Most Valuable Player Greg Howes scored the goal off the cross from midfielder Johnny Torres at 4:03 of the second quarter. Milwaukee took its first lead of the game (1-2) when former Force forward Giuliano Oliviero scored his first goal of the season off the back heel pass from Howes at 7:40. Cleveland tied the game for the second time (2-2) when forward Antonio Sutton netted his fourth goal of the season off the cross from defender and Bowling Green State standout Fred DeGand at 10:59.
The Wave regained the lead and opened the second half scoring (2-3) when midfielder Marcelo Fontana notched his fourth goal of the season off the MISL leading eighth assist for Todd Dusosky at 3:39 of the third quarter. Force goalkeeper Jim Larkin made a beautiful save as he reached back to knock the ball out of the goal but it went right to Milwaukee forward Todd Dusosky who scored the goal on a header (2-4) to give the Wave their largest lead of the night at 5:50. Cleveland cut into the lead (3-4) when midfielder Robbie Aristodemo scored his second goal as a member of the Force through the legs of Milwaukee goalkeeper Nick Vorberg off the second assist of the game for DeGand at 7:10. The Wave responded (3-5) when Vorberg threw the outlet pass to Howes who found the back of the net for his second goal of the game at 12:36.
Cleveland cut back into the lead and opened the final stanza scoring (4-5) when forward Chris Handsor scored his team leading sixth goal at 1:25 of the fourth quarter. Handsor has now scored a goal in every game as member of the Force as well as eight of the last nine games. Cleveland tied the game for the third time (5-5) when Aristodemo scored his second goal of the game on the power play as the ball went through Milwaukee defender Lovelace Ackahs legs and pass goalkeeper Vorberg off the cross from defender Rene Rivas at 6:47.
The Wave won the game in overtime (5-6) when Fontana scored his second goal of the game off the cross from Nino Marcantonio at 11:09 of the extra session.
The Force will next travel to the St. Louis, Missouri to take on the MISL Central Division St. Louis Steamers on Sunday, November 14. The game can be heard live from the Savvis Center on WHK 1420 AM in Cleveland as well as 1440 AM in Warren/Youngstown or worldwide on the Internet at www.thesportsking.com starting at 7:05 p.m.
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