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Knights Struggle Offensively, Lose to Soul

March 2, 2013 - Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) - Syracuse Silver Knights News Release

CHICAGO,IL.--The Syracuse Silver Knights fell 17-6 late Friday night to the Chicago Soul. The Knights ended their playoffs hopes, while the Soul gained the league's final playoff spot.

The Silver Knights traveled to Chicago to play their second to last match of the season against the Soul. The Knights have yet to beat the Soul this year, and were looking for revenge after getting shutout last time the teams met.

The Soul came out strong, compiling many offensive attacks throughout the first quarter of play. The Knights played solid defense and held their own against Chicago's efforts until Alex Megson followed up a shot and got the Soul on the board. Three minutes later, the Soul's Bato Radonic rebounded his own ball with a header into an open goal. The Knights fell to a two goal deficit early on.

The Soul outshot the Knights in the first quarter, but Syracuse seemed to settle down as the quarter came to an end. In the second quarter, Syracuse started off right, retaliating after getting some good looks on goal.

Just a minute into the quarter, Slavisa Ubiparapovic grabbed a goal off a header after an Andriy Budnyy shot ricocheted off the wall. The Knights had the momentum and kept pushing the ball into the Soul's defensive half, maintaining great possession.

After a hand ball resulted in a Soul penalty kick goal, the Knights found themselves trailing 6-2. The Knights fought back and held their own in a physical quarter before the Soul squeaked another goal by the unsuspecting Syracuse defense. The Knights headed into halftime trailing 8-2.

The Knights got off to a slow second half start, allowing two goals in the first five minutes of play. A three point blast from Carlos Farias left the Knights with a tough deficit to overcome, 13-2.

Still, the Knights did not back down. After a Soul foul gave Neto a penalty kick, he laced the ball into the back of the net with ease, giving the Knights a little life and some new found energy.

Through the rest of the third quarter, the Knights struggled to get quality shots on goal, amassing only 12 over the first three periods.

After falling behind 17-4, Ubiparapovic stopped the bleeding with a strong footer from the top of the box, cutting the gap to 11 points. The Knights kept the pressure on and pushed the pace in the fourth quarter, knowing they needed a win to keep their playoff hopes alive. Syracuse was just unable to find the net and fell 17-6.

The Knights will finish out their season on the road in Milwaukee tomorrow night at 7:00 pm.

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