Fourth quarter comeback effort isn't enough to overtake defending champs
(Philadelphia, PA) - The Detroit Ignition (12-6) were defeated 15-13 by the defending MISL Champion Philadelphia KiXX (9-11) tonight in Philadelphia.
Ignition captain Droo Callahan scored the first points of the night with an unassisted three-point goal at 3:29 in the first quarter. Forward Jamar Beasley added an unassisted two-point score for Detroit at 11:11 to give the Ignition a 5-0 lead over the home team as the first quarter came to a close.
Philadelphia defender Pat Morris put the KiXX on the board just under five minutes into the second quarter with a three-point score off an assist from Anthony Donatelli. Mike Apple responded for the Ignition, scoring a two-point goal with an assist from Abraham Francois. Philadelphia closed out the half with a 6-0 run, putting the KiXX up 9-7 at halftime.
Philadelphia's scoring attack continued into the second half as the KiXX scored another six unanswered points to bring the score to 15-7. At 4:01 in the fourth quarter, Ignition midfielder Ryan Mack kicked off Detroit's comeback effort with a two-point tally off an assist from Callahan. Less than two minutes later, Matt Johnson added another two points for Detroit with an assist from Ignition rookie Ze Roberto. Callahan scored his second goal of the night at 6:00 to put the club within two, but the comeback wasn't enough to overtake the KiXX who won 15-13.
The Detroit Ignition is a member club of the Major Indoor Soccer League, and begins the team's second season in November 2007 after advancing to the MISL Championship Finals during the 2006-07 season. Information regarding Ignition season, group, and individual tickets can be obtained by calling the club at 1-888-436-GOAL (4625), by visiting the team's official Internet property, www.detroitignition.com, by calling TicketMaster at 248-645-6666, or by using www.ticketmaster.com.
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