KiXX Eliminated from Postseason with 10-6 Loss in Cleveland
Cleveland, OH, May 1, 2005 Â– The third-seeded Philadelphia KiXX (0-2, 22-17) were eliminated from postseason play with a 10-6 loss to the second-seeded Cleveland Force (2-0, 23-16) in Game Two of the Major Indoor Soccer League Semifinal series at the Wolstein Center tonight. Force defender Rene Rivas registered the game-winning goal on an assist from former KiXX midfielder Gary DePalma at 2:40 of the fourth quarter. Peter Pappas (0-2, 19-15) took the loss in net for the KiXX, turning away 20 of the 28 shots he faced, while Jim Larkin (2-0, 20-14) earned the win for Cleveland with 21 saves on 27 chances.
After 14 minutes and 18 seconds of scoreless action, Force midfielder Allen Eller chipped a shot over Pappas and into the back of the net to give Cleveland a 1-0 advantage after one full period of play.
KiXX player/coach Kevin Sloan knotted the score, 1-1, with an unassisted tally after a series of quick shots on Larkin at 2:44 of the second quarter. Cleveland responded with a pair of scores to take a 3-1 advantage; Former Philadelphia midfielder Chris Handsor connected on his second strike of the two-game series to regain the one-goal Force advantage at 6:07 of the stanza, followed by a notch from Aduato Neto on a centering pass from teammate Antonio Sutton at 7:09. The KiXX answered with their own set of unanswered goals to knot the game at 3-3; player/coach Don DÂ’Ambra struck first on a distribution from Pappas at 12:26, before Damien Pottinger knocked-in a feed off the boards from defender Drew Kopp just 37 seconds later (13:03). Force defender Rene Rivas closed out the halfÂ’s scoring with a diving header at 14:44.
Neto slipped through the KiXX defense to bag his second score of the evening and lengthen ClevelandÂ’s lead to two, 5-3, at 7:34 of the third stanza. Kopp quickly responded (9:28) with an unassisted goal to pull Philadelphia within one, 5-4, but Handsor regained the two-point Force advantage, 6-4, with a restart goal from defender Genoni Martinez with only 15 seconds remaining in the period (14:45).
KiXX rookie forward John Barry Nusum registered a power-play score from DÂ’Ambra to cut the teamÂ’s deficit to one, 6-5, at 1:34 of the fourth quarter, courtesy of a two-minute tripping infraction called one Rivas. Just over a minute later, Rivas redeemed himself with a notch from former KiXX midfielder Gary DePalma at 2:40 of the period. Sloan quickly followed suit with his second tally of the night on a dish from Nusum at 4:44, but DePalma answered right back on a feed from Eller at 7:22, retaining the two-goal Force lead, 8-6. With forward Goran Vasic serving as sixth attacker for Philadelphia, Sutton added a pair of scores (11:43, 13:42) to seal the Force victory, 10-6.
Notes: KiXX defender Drew Kopp registered a goal and one assist for two points tonight, marking the first multi-point playoff performance of his four-year career. Former Philadelphia midfielders Chris Handsor and Gary DePalma scorched their ex-teammates in the two-game series; Handsor bagged three goals, two tonight, while DePalma chipped in a pair of points on one goals and one assist.
Philadelphia: 0-3-1-2=6 Shots: 34
Goalkeepers: Pappas (L, 20 saves), Vasic (-, one save).
Scorers: DÂ’Ambra (goal, assist), Kopp (goal, assist), Nusum (goal, assist), Sloan (two goals), Pappas (assist), Pottinger (goal).
Cleveland: 1-3-2-4=10 Shots: 45
Goalkeepers: Larkin (W, 21 saves)
Scorers: Sutton (two goals, assist), DePalma (goal, assist), Eller (goal, assist), Handsor (two goals), Neto (two goals), Rivas (two goals), Aristodemo (assist), Martinez (assist).
With the victory, Cleveland advances to the MISL Championship Series Final, where they will square-off versus the regular-season champion Milwaukee Wave. Game One of the Finals is scheduled for May 14 at MilwaukeeÂ’s U.S. Cellular Arena and Game Two is slated for May 21 at the Savvis Center in St. Louis, MO. Should the finalists split the two-game series, an overtime period with a Â“Golden GoalÂ” will determine the League Champion. Both contests are scheduled to broadcast live on ESPN2. For additional information, please contact the clubÂ’s Executive Office at 1-888-888-KiXX (5499) or visit www.kixxonline.com.
The Philadelphia KiXX are a member of the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL), a single-entity organization that features a coast-to-coast presence across the United States. The club is currently in the midst of its ninth season of play in 2004-05 at the Wachovia Spectrum located in Philadelphia, PA. The team also operates the Philadelphia KiXX Summer Kamp program, which is offered to boys and girls, ages four to 18, throughout the Tri-State area.
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