Milwaukee Wave advances to MISL Finals
MILWAUKEE (Sunday, May 1, 2005) Â– Greg Howes tallied four goals to lead the Milwaukee Wave past the St. Louis Steamers 6-5 in Game Two of the Major Indoor Soccer Semifinals. With the win, Milwaukee advances to the Championship Series for the sixth straight year and the seventh time in the last eight seasons. Todd Dusosky added two goals and two assists on the day, and goalkeeper Nick Vorberg stopped 19-of-24 shots faced between the posts for Milwaukee.
Late in the first period of play, Milwaukee took advantage of the restart opportunity as Greg Howes scored the first goal of the game at 10:22. After a St. Louis penalty, Todd Dusosky found Howes once again for another Wave goal. Howes took the long shot that bounced off the cross bar to land in goal just behind Steamers' goalkeeper Brett Phillips. With nearly one minute left, St. Louis's Sterling Wescott got on the board with a goal past Wave keeper Nick Vorberg after accepting a pass from player/coach Daryl Doran.
Howes collected a hat trick to open the scoring for the second period. He stole the ball from a Steamers defender and dribbled in and blasted the ball into the back of the net at 8:19. Following a penalty on Lovelace Ackah for dangerous play at 11:43, the Steamers got a lucky bounce by Mariano Bollella for a second St. Louis goal before the half.
Following a scoreless third period, Howes began the fourth quarter of regulation with his fourth goal only 14 seconds into play, assisted by Todd Dusosky. Dusosky then scored a goal from the right corner close to the box less than one minute later (1:06) off a pass from Lovelace Ackah.
St. Louis came back with another goal by Bollella (2:39), after receiving a pass from teammate Matt Caution. Milwaukee answered back with a power-play, restart goal by Dusosky, off the assist from Giuliano Oliviero (11:58). Less than one minute later, the sixth attacker for St. Louis, Joe Reiniger, took the pass from Carlos "Chile" Farias for the goal. Farias then scored a goal of his own at 14:27 off the assist from Shaun David. However, the Wave defense held strong for the remainder of the game to preserve the 6-5 victory.
Milwaukee defeated St. Louis 2-0 in the MISL Semifinals Series to advance to the Championship Series Finals. The Wave will face either the Cleveland Force or Philadelphia KiXX. That semifinal game is set to kick-off at 4:00 CDT in Cleveland at the Wolstein Convocation Center. Game One of the Finals is in Milwaukee at Â“The CellÂ” on Saturday, May 14 at 7:30 p.m.; with a live kick-off on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. Game Two of the Finals is in St. Louis at the Savvis Center on Saturday, May 21 at 6 p.m., also live on ESPN2.
Call 414-224-WAVE for more information, or visit www.milwaukeewave.com. Tickets for the postseason ($20, $16, $14 and $12) are available at the Wisconsin Center District (WCD) Box Office, located between U.S. Cellular Arena and the Milwaukee Theater at 510 W. Kilbourn Ave., all TicketMaster Outlets, at www.ticketmaster.com, or by phone charge at 414-276-4545. Groups of 10 or more should contact the WaveÂ’s Group Sales Dept. at 414-224-WAVE (9283) for group rate discounts.
The Milwaukee Wave was established in 1984 as one of six charter members of the American Indoor Soccer Association (AISA). In 2001, the Wave transitioned to being a successful member of the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL). Through the guidance of head coach Keith Tozer, the winningest coach in Wave and North American indoor soccer history, the Wave has won three league titles (1997-Â’98, Â’99-2000, 2000-Â’01), six regular season championships, and has made six championship series appearances. The Wave plays at home in the US Cellular Arena located in downtown Milwaukee. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the teamÂ’s website at www.MilwaukeeWave.com or call 414-224-WAVE (9283).
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