Morning fix vs. KiXX: Storm put damper on Philly's School Day Game
PHILADELPHIA - The Chicago Storm, fresh off their own School Day Game, showed they were fully prepared for another morning affair. Chicago built a 9-2 lead through the first half and defeated the defending Major Indoor Soccer League champion Philadelphia KiXX, 18-9, on Wednesday at the Wachovia Spectrum. The game was played early to accommodate students at the KiXX's annual School Day Game.
Storm goalkeeper Jeff Richey (9-4) made nine saves, and seven different Storm players found the back of the net. The slew of goal scorers included rookie Gabriel Cigliano, who earned his first career MISL goal.
With the victory, the Storm improve to 13-7, a half game behind the first-place Milwaukee Wave. Philadelphia drops to 10-12, snapping its three-game winning streak.
Next up for Chicago is a road match at 10 p.m. (CST) Friday, Feb. 15, against the California Cougars at Stockton Arena. The game broadcasts live on Fox Soccer Channel. Before the match, at 7 p.m., don't miss the tape-delayed telecast of Chicago's Feb. 2 match against the New Jersey Ironmen.
On Wednesday, the Storm got on the scoreboard first when Benjamin Chavolla cut toward the net on a feed from Mariano Bollella to take a 2-0 lead at the 9:02 mark of the first quarter. Only 1 minute later, Cigliano capitalized on a deep feed from John Ball to take a 4-0 advantage at the 10:02 mark.
Late in the first quarter, the Storm countered off a Philadelphia free kick. Fabinho led Ball, and though Ball missed the first opportunity against KiXX goalkeeper Nick Hovaker, he rebounded the save and put it in the back of the net for a 6-0 lead with 7.3 seconds remaining in the first.
In the second quarter, Philadelphia's David Castellanos halted the Storm with a goal at the 5:44 mark of the second quarter. But Chicago responded with a tailor-made, practice-drill-like goal. Carlos "Chile" Farias took a Fabinho pass, cut behind Farias, and Fabinho drilled a three-point goal near the top of the key for a 9-2 lead with just less than 7 minutes remaining in the first half.
In the second half, the KiXX's Aaron Susi cut the Storm's lead to 9-4 off a Pat Morris assist with 11:14 remaining in the third quarter. Then Chicago put together another run. Farias set up goals by Andy Rosenband and Ian Bennett for a 13-4 lead through three quarters.
About 7 minutes into the fourth quarter, Ryan Heins launched a deep three-pointer to cut Philadelphia's deficit to 13-7. Yet the Storm made quick work to prevent Philadelphia from garnering any momentum. Storm points leader Matthew Stewart netted his 19th goal of the season, a two-pointer off of a Mariano Bollella assist at the 8:19 mark of the fourth for a 15-7 lead.
With a sixth attacker, Philadelphia's Ptah Myers picked up a goal with less than 5 minutes remaining to cut Chicago's lead to 15-9. But Bollella had a steal and an open-net three-point goal with 1:29 left to give the Storm an 18-9 lead.
The Storm's next home match is at 7 p.m. Feb. 23 against the Baltimore Blast. Following the match is the third stop of the Storm's and Q101's game and a concert series, brought to you by Comcast. The latest featured band is the Lovehammers.
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