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Soul Pick up 16-8 Loss in Rochester

November 21, 2012 - Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) - Chicago Soul FC News Release

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - The Chicago Soul were hoping to turn their luck around on the road, but picked up their fourth consecutive loss after dropping to the Rochester Lancers 16-8 Wednesday night at the Blue Cross Arena. The Lancers were led offensively by Brayton Knapp and Doug Miller, who had five points apiece, while Mauricio Salles added three assists.

The Soul got off to a promising start as Alexander Megson finished on a pass from Aaron Nichols and put the squad on the board early with a 2-0 lead. Chicago held Rochester scoreless for the rest of the quarter, but the Lancers caught up in the second quarter after getting off to a strong start. Stephen Basso found the back of the net to even the score out to 2-2. Rochester's Gary Boughton and Knapp each followed up with two-point goals to extend the Lancers' lead to 6-2. Chicago finally ended the streak when league newcomer Ephraim Beard scored his first goal of the season at the 10:45 mark to cut Rochester's lead to 6-4.

With less than a minute remaining in the half, Soul captain Matthew Stewart picked up back-to-back yellow cards after an uncharacteristic display of unsportsmanlike behavior, and Chicago headed to the locker rooms trailing by two.

The third quarter belonged to the Lancers, who opened up the second half with a goal by Miller 23 seconds in. Jeremy Ortiz followed up shortly after with a three-point goal assisted by Salles to make it an 11-4 Rochester advantage. Beard came to Chicago's rescue once again with his second goal at the 14:52 mark.

The Lancers regained control in the fourth quarter as Knapp fired in a three-pointer, giving his side a 14-6 advantage. Miller followed up with his second goal of the night, making it 16-6. The Soul responded with a goal by Will Kletzien late in the final period, cutting Rochester's lead to 16-8, but Chicago failed to assemble a rally in time and dropped to the Lancers for the second time.

"You have to give a lot of credit to [the Lancers]," said Soul Head Coach Manny Rojas. "They played hard, they attacked us well, they made us run, and we paid for it.

"It was especially difficult tonight because we are down so many men due to injuries. When you only have eleven field players to work with, you can't substitute and give guys breaks, so fatigue also got the best of us too. Now we have to clear our heads and just look onward to the next game."

The Soul will continue their road trip as they head to Syracuse next to take on the Silver Knights on Saturday.

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