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Soul Fall 18-10 in Intense Battle Against Wave

January 27, 2013 - Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) - Chicago Soul FC News Release

Milwaukee, WI -- In a very physical and emotional battle, the Milwaukee Wave managed to come out on top, handing the Chicago Soul an 18-10 loss at the U.S. Cellular Arena on Sunday. Luan Oliveira had eight points on four goals to lead the Wave to their 14th consecutive victory.

Milwaukee's Ian Bennett got his side on the board first, scoring off of a restart opportunity to take an early 2-0 lead over the Soul. Chicago came up with an equalizer minutes later when Semir Mesanovic scored his first goal as a member of the Soul. Carlos Farias then found the back of the net and put Chicago on top 4-2 in the closing minutes of the first quarter.

Mesanovic struck again early in the second quarter, extending the Soul's lead over the Wave to 6-2. Chicago's Christian Meza made it 8-2 after a display of fancy footwork and an impressive blast into the net. Milwaukee answered back on a goal by Oliveira, who managed to net one in as the Wave's power play came to a close, and the Soul's lead was cut to 8-4 before heading into the half.

Milwaukee came raging back in the second half as Oliveira opened up third quarter scoring with his second goal of the game, cutting Chicago's advantage to 8-6. Moments later, Bennett found the equalizer, and seconds after that, Joe Hammes gave the Wave a 10-8 lead. Oliveira completed his hat trick at the 9:46 mark, extending Milwaukee's lead to 12-8. Tension between the rivals followed the goal as both squads engaged in a dispute on the field that resulted in a dual penalty. First, former Wave midfielder Pablo was dealt a blue card for pushing, then, Milwaukee's Fabinho received a blue card for the same offense. Hewerton capitalized on a restart opportunity shortly after to push the Wave's lead to 14-8 before the quarter came to a close.

The intensity continued into the fourth as the period opened up with dual penalties against Chicago's Eric Lukin and Milwaukee's Tom Oatley for elbowing. With both players in the penalty box, the Wave went on to double their lead on a breakaway goal by Tenzin Rampa. Oliveira struck again for Milwaukee minutes later, scoring his fourth goal of the game to make it an 18-8 Chicago deficit. Lukin finally managed to put an end to the Soul's scoring drought as Lukin converted on a power play advantage. Chicago tried to build on the momentum and make an attempt at a late rally by pulling Farias in as a sixth attacker, but the Soul couldn't make the push and picked up their fifth loss to the Wave.

"We dominated the game in the first half, and they dominated the game in the second half," said Soul Assistant Coach Jeff Kraft. "We have to learn to overcome our third-quarter struggles. Mentally, we have to believe that we can play for a full 60 minutes.

"Credit also goes to the Wave. They're six-time champions for a reason, and it's always going to be tough to play against them. This is still a learning experience for us."

"I'm real proud of the guys' effort in the first half," added Soul Owner David Mokry. "You have to give the Wave credit in the second half for being the champions that they are."

The Soul return to action on Thursday, January 31 when they host the Wichita Wings at the Sears Centre Arena. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. CT. For ticket information, visit www.chicagosoulfc.com or call (224) 699-4110.

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