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Soul look to avoid sweep against Wave as race for playoffs resumes on President's Day

February 15, 2013 - Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) - Chicago Soul FC News Release

The Matchup

Monday, February 18 vs. Milwaukee Wave - 7:00 p.m. (CST)

The Chicago Soul (9-13) are ready for their President's Day clash with the Milwaukee Wave (17-2). The two squads have met five times so far this season, with each meeting resulting in a Wave victory. Most recently, the Soul paid a visit to Milwaukee, where they picked up an 18-10 loss after allowing the Wave to assemble a second-half rally to overcome a six-point deficit. The two teams will meet for the sixth and final time in regular season when the Soul host the Wave on Monday, February 18 at the Sears Centre Arena. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. CT.

On the Radar

Carlos "Chile" Farias, who was recently named MISL Offensive Player of the Month for his 36-point performance in January, currently leads the Soul with 59 points. Carlos Muñoz is not too far behind with 54 points, while Bato Radoncic has 47.

The Case of the Second-Half Slump

The Soul, who are coming off of a 19-15 loss to the Rochester Lancers last Friday after giving up an 8-2 first-half lead, will try to overcome their second-half slump that has costed them games, especially against the Wave. Back on December 1, Chicago took an early 5-0 lead over Milwaukee in the first half, but fell flat in the second, giving up seven goals to lose 14-9. On January 18, the Soul got off to another strong start, leading the Wave 6-2 by halftime. However, the Wave managed to power back, holding the Soul scoreless all second half to steal a 12-6 victory. In the last meeting, Chicago held on to an 8-4 advantage at the half, but once again, lost the game to a flat second half after allowing seven straight goals.

"I'm not sure what our problem is in the second half," said Soul Head Coach Novi Marojevic. "We haven't figured it out yet. It might be a mental thing that the guys have to overcome. They need to come out in the second half as if they are still down and keep the foot on the gas through all four quarters."

The Competition

The Wave are going strong with 16 consecutive victories, and will look to extend the streak to 18 as they embark on their road trip this weekend. The defending champions, who have already clinched playoff berth, will head to Kansas City to take on the Missouri Comets on Sunday before making a stop in Chicago.

Milwaukee is currently led by league newcomer Luan Oliveira, who scored four goals in their most recent encounter with Chicago. Oliveira currently holds 53 points, while Hewerton and Ian Bennett follow behind with 44 and 33, respectively.

Catch the Action

Every MISL game this season can be seen live on the Internet at MISLnation.com.

For more information or to purchase tickets to a Chicago Soul home game, visit www.chicagosoulfc.com or contact the Soul office at (224) 699-4110.

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