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Mariners battle Milwaukee and Mother Nature

June 20, 2004 - USL First Division (USL-1) - Virginia Beach Mariners News Release

Virginia Beach, VA– Virginia Beach was the site of some wild play Saturday night both from the Mariners and Mother Nature. A match that was supposed to be broadcast live on Fox Sports World at 8 p.m. was delayed 90 minutes due to vivid cloud-to-ground lightening just moments before the kickoff. But the wait was definitely worth it when the Mariners put together their most exciting and one-sided match of the season, coming from behind to beat Milwaukee Wave United 5-2. The match will be broadcast tape-delayed on FSW at time to be announced.

Milwaukee’s Johnny Torres opened the scoring just 18 minutes in, on a one-touch goal. Chad Dombrowski assisted. But eleven minutes later, Mariner forward Dante Washington evened the match with his best goal of the season when he took a shot from 25 yards out that flew into the net just inside the right post. Milwaukee took the lead again at 38 minutes on a Todd Dososky goal.

But the second half belonged to the Mariners. Carlos Garcia tied the match again just six minutes into the half when he took a pass from Hamisi Amani-Dove and then scored again 16 minutes later with an assist from Washington.

Washington notched his second goal of the match in the 78th minute. Kevin Knott and Amani-Dove worked a nice give-and-go from the left side that resulted in a Knott cross from the left post that Washington was able to tap in.

Tony McManus, who entered the match in the 78th minute, closed out the scoring in stoppage time on a double assist from Washington and defender Jeremy Aldrich.

The Mariners return to action at the Sportsplex on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. against Charleston.

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