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Soul Pick up First Loss in Baltimore

November 3, 2012 - Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) - Chicago Soul FC News Release

The Chicago Soul (1-1) fell 23-13 to the Baltimore Blast (1-0) in their second MISL outing Saturday night, despite an outstanding nine-point effort by forward Chile Farias.

After grabbing their first franchise victory in Friday night's season opener in Syracuse, the Soul were looking to continue their success on the road, but fell short of the task due to an offensively powerful Baltimore team.

The Soul came out blazing in the first quarter, getting a huge boost from Farias, who set the tone early with an unassisted three-point goal 18 seconds into the game. The Blast quickly responded with a two-pointer from Tony Donatelli. Chicago extended the lead on two back-to-back goals by Farias, who recorded his first hat trick as member of the Soul, and gave the new club a 7-2 lead midway through the first quarter. Donatelli answered back with a hat trick of his own, but not before Baltimore's Machel Millwood and Lucio Gonzaga each got in a shot past Chicago goalkeeper Jeff Richey, giving the Blast a 10-7 advantage heading into the second quarter.

The second quarter featured a goal from Farias once again, who capitalized on a restart opportunity to bring Chicago within one point.

The Soul managed to stay close behind, hanging on to just a 10-9 deficit at the half, but struggled the rest of the way.

Baltimore opened up the third quarter with a goal from Max Ferdinand. Stephen DeRoux added a three-pointer seconds later to make it a 15-9 lead for the Blast.

Chicago defender Roberto Gallo responded with a goal, cutting Baltimore's lead to 15-11, but Mike Lookingland and Adriano Dos Santos came up with a quick answer on the other end to create a 19-11 Blast advantage. Soul forward Bato Radoncic attempted to close the gap with a goal and put the game back within reach at the 10:11 mark in the third quarter, but Pat Healey added a two-pointer for the Blast, making it 21-13 heading into the final period of play.

Millwood scored the lone goal in the fourth quarter, and Chicago dropped to Baltimore by 10.

"It was a good test for us," said Soul Head Coach Manny Rojas. "We played against a really good team that went to the MISL Finals last year, and we kept up pretty well with them. In the end, they were able to score more than us, and we really missed defensive presence with one of our strongest defenders, Tijani [Ayegbusi], being out with an injury.

"Now, we will go home and watch tape, see what our mistakes were, and get ready to face [the Blast] again."

The Soul return to Baltimore next Friday to take on the Blast in a rematch opportunity. Kick off is set for

6:35 p.m. (CST) at the 1st Mariner Arena.

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