Soul Pull off Second Upset over Blast with 13-8 Win
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Soul managed to pull off another upset over the Baltimore Blast with a 13-8 victory at the Sears Centre Arena on Friday night. Carlos Farias led the way with six points on an assist and two goals, including a 3-pointer that allowed Chicago to pull away from a tie game in the final minutes.
"It means a lot to beat one of the best teams in the league twice," said Farias. "Also, to play without a few of our key players and have guys without much experience, I think we did a great job. A lot of the credit goes to [Head Coach] Novi [Marojevic]. He does a great job with us and allows us to take it game by game."
After a scoreless first quarter, the Blast managed to get on the board when Neto fired one past Chicago's Jeff Richey, ending Richey's impressive saving streak that started after last week's 45-save performance against the Syracuse Silver Knights. Carlos Muñoz eventually found the equalizer for the Soul, and both teams headed to the locker rooms at the half with two apiece.
The third quarter opened up on a goal by Fred Degand, who was assisted by Farias. Baltimore's Marco Mangione evened the playing field again at the 13:01 mark, but 13 seconds later, Eric Lukin restored Chicago's lead, and the Soul were on top 6-4. Farias extended the lead to 8-4 a minute later. The Blast then cut the lead to 8-6 on a goal by Mike Lookingland on a power play advantage before heading into the final period of play.
Baltimore tied things up once again on a goal by Pat Healey early in the fourth quarter, but Farias helped Chicago pull away when he struck from the 3-point range to make it an 11-8 game in the final minutes. Richey continued to make brilliant saves, recording 28 on the night for a total of 73 over the last two contests. Matthew Stewart sealed the deal with 9 seconds remaining, and the Soul handed the Blast their third loss of the season.
"I am very proud of this group of guys," Marojevic said of his squad. "To beat this team twice just proves that we can beat any team in the league. We're becoming dangerous in our breakaways and improving in a lot of other aspects.
"If the guys continue to stick together and put in effort on the defensive end like they did tonight, I believe they can beat anybody."
The Soul will now prepare for a challenging three-game run in a span of four days. They will return to action next Friday when they host the MISL defending champion Milwaukee Wave on January 18 at the Sears Centre Arena. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. CT. For ticket information, visit www.chicagosoulfc.com or call (224) 699-4110.
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