(Southfield, Mich., February 27, 2008) - The Detroit Ignition (14-7) will host the California Cougars (8-13) on Friday, February 29 at Compuware Arena. Kick off for the game, which will be nationally televised on Fox Soccer Channel, is at 8:00 pm (ET). Coming into Friday's game, the Ignition is a half-game out of first place in the Major Indoor Soccer League.
Overall: 14-7 Home: 7-3 Road: 7-4
THIS WEEK'S OUTINGS
February 29, 2008: Detroit Ignition (14-7) vs. California Cougars (8-13)
The Ignition will host the Cougars on Friday, February 29 for "Faith and Family Night" at Compuware Arena. The club has posted a 1-1 record against California so far this season. The MISL today announced that Detroit Ignition players Ricardinho, Droo Callahan and Danny Waltman were awarded Player of the Week honors following the club's 19-8 victory over the Baltimore Blast last weekend.
LAST WEEK'S OUTINGS:
February 24, 2008: Ignition, 19 Blast, 8 The Detroit Ignition (14-7) defeated the Baltimore Blast (14-9) 19-8 Sunday night at Compuware Arena. The Ignition were led by midfielder Ricardinho who scored three goals on the night.
The Blast got on the board first as forward Adauto Neto scored an unassisted two-point goal just over three minutes into the match. At 12:23 in the first, Worteh Sampson responded for the Ignition with a two-point tally off an assist from Droo Callahan. Less than one minute later, Jamar Beasley gave Detroit a two point lead with a goal of his own with an assist from midfielder Doug Rice.
Ryan Mack got things started for the Ignition as the second quarter began, scoring a two-point shot with an assist from Hewerton Moreira. The goal gave the Birmingham native his 50th MISL career point. At 11:44 in the second, Ricardinho put a three-point score past Baltimore keeper Dave Kern to give Detroit a 9-2 lead at halftime.
Just 11 seconds into the second half, Neto scored his second goal of the night with an assist from Baltimore defender P.J. Wakefield. Forward Machel Millwood added two more points for the Blast with an unassisted two point tally at 4:47 in the third.
At 2:08 in the fourth quarter, Ricardinho scored his 50th MISL career goal - an unassisted two point tally. Less than two minutes later, Mike Apple added two more points for Detroit with an assist from Mack. At 5:52, Moreira notched two points off an assist from Callahan to give the Ignition a 15-6 lead. Six seconds later, Neto scored his third goal of the game to put the Blast within seven, but Mack answered back with a two-point tally at 9:11. Ignition keeper Danny Waltman was credited with the assist on Mack's goal. With less than a minute remaining in the game, Ricardinho scored his third goal of the night - a two-point score off an assist from Moreira to bring the final score to 19-8.
ITINERARY: Week of February 25-March 2
* All Detroit Ignition practices are held at High Velocity Sports at 46245 Michigan Avenue in Canton unless otherwise scheduled. All practices are open to the media upon request. All times are Eastern Standard Time and subject to change without notice
Thursday, February 28: Training, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Friday, February 29: Kick-around at Compuware Arena, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Detroit Ignition vs. California Cougars, 8:00 pm
Saturday, March 1: Off
Sunday, March 2: Off
Player Injury Status
Kyt Selaidopoulos Knee Questionable
Ryan Mack scored his 50th MISL career point
Ricardinho scored his 50th MISL career goal
Danny Waltman made his 1,000th MISL career save
MILESTONES WITHIN REACH
Mike Apple needs 8 goals to reach 100 MISL career goals
Jamar Beasley needs 4 points to reach 300 MISL career points
Droo Callahan needs 5 blocks to reach 400 MISL career blocks
Tomer Chencinski needs 8 wins to reach 10 MISL career wins
Nate Craft needs 6 blocks to reach 25 MISL career blocks
Matt Johnson needs 1 block to reach 150 MISL career blocks
Josh Rife needs 5 blocks to reach 75 MISL career blocks
Doug Rice needs 5 points to reach 25 MISL career points
Kyt Selaidopoulos needs 4 goals to reach 50 MISL career goals
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