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Soul Soar Past Comets 13-2

February 22, 2013 - Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) - Chicago Soul FC News Release

CHICAGO -- Jeff Richey and the Chicago Soul (10-14) were well on their way to their second shutout of the season until Brian Harris of the Missouri Comets (11-13) put an end to the Soul's 13-0 run with six seconds remaining in regulation. Powered by Alexander Megson's hat trick, Chicago still went on to collect an impressive 13-2 victory over Missouri at the Independence Events Center on Friday night.

"We had a good game plan, stuck to it, and outworked the other team," said Megson. "We played really well together tonight and just fed off of each other for momentum. We know we're in a playoff race right now and that this game would be huge for us, so we focused and played smart and hard for all four quarters."

The Soul jumped out to a strong start as Carlos Farias found an open Megson, who sent the ball into the net to give them an early 2-0 lead over the Comets. Chicago's Matthew Stewart scored next on a restart opportunity to extend the lead to 4-0 before the first quarter came to a close.

After taking several shot attempts, Stewart managed to get one past Missouri goalkeeper Danny Waltman, scoring his second goal of the night. Megson also struck again minutes later, firing the ball into the corner of the net and allowing the Soul to head into halftime with an 8-0 cushion.

Farias scored the lone goal of the third quarter from the 3-point range on a power play advantage, making it an 11-0 advantage over the scoreless Comets before heading into the final period.

Megson went on to complete his hat trick with nearly five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, making it a 13-0 game. It would appear as though Richey, who had 16 saves on the night, was on his way to recording his second shutout of the season, but Harris shattered the chances of that feat as he managed to squeeze a ball past Richey with the clock winding down. The Soul grabbed the 13-2 win, spoiling the Comets' chances at clinching a playoff berth on Friday.

"I give the guys a lot of credit," said Soul Head Coach Novi Marojevic. "They played with a lot of heart and represented the Soul organization in a great way tonight. They had great ball possession, strong defense and did a good job of limiting their mistakes. And they did all this being shorthanded and unhealthy. I couldn't be more happy or proud as a coach."

The Soul return home to face the Comets once again on Wednesday, February 27 at the Sears Centre Arena. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. CT. For ticket information, visit www.chicagosoulfc.com or call (224) 699-4110.

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