Soul Unable to Complete Rally against Wave
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Soul (9-14) were hoping to avoid a series sweep against the Milwaukee Wave (18-3), but were halted in their comeback efforts in the fourth quarter, allowing the Wave to take a 15-10 victory behind Ian Bennett's hat trick on Monday night at the Sears Centre Arena.
"It's really disappointing," said Soul Head Coach Novi Marojevic. "We made great strides in the third quarter to come back, but simple mistakes cost us the game again. We made some bad decisions in crucial moments and we just couldn't finish."
Milwaukee jumped out to an early lead on a goal by Tenzin Rampa two minutes into the first quarter. Luan Oliveira added a goal to push the Wave's lead to 4-0.
Bennett made it a six-point Soul deficit in the second quarter before Chicago's Pablo finally put an end to the Wave's run when he blasted a ball into the net and cut Milwaukee's lead to 6-2 before the end of the half.
Second-half scoring opened with a second goal from Bennett, who capitalized on a power play advantage to give his side an 8-2 advantage over the Soul. Carlos Farias was able to cut that lead in half when he fired from the corner on a feed by Aaron Nichols. Farias struck again shortly after to bring the game within two points, and nearly a minute later, he found the equalizer and completed his hat trick to force a tie game heading into the final period.
Chicago was able to take its first lead of the game when Carlos Muñoz converted on a restart opportunity to make it 10-8 with about 5 minutes remaining, but Milwaukee answered back on a goal from Nick Perera, and both teams were tied up again at 10-10. The Wave regained their lead when Hewerton managed to net one with 2:41 left to go, and then extended the advantage to 15-10 on a 3-pointer credited to Bennett as the ball rolled into an empty net. The Soul made attempts to catch up again using a sixth attacker, but fell short, allowing the Wave to sweep the six-game series.
"Frustration is definitely a factor with this team," Marojevic said of his squad's woes with the Wave. "It effects them a lot. I think they realize that these are big games for us and that we are fighting for a spot in the playoffs, which is causing them to make mental mistakes. They have to learn to stay calm, focused, and just play simple."
The Soul hit the road next to take on the Missouri Comets on Friday, February 22 at 7:35 p.m. CT. The squad returns home on Wednesday, February 27 to host the Comets at the Sears Centre Arena. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. CT. For ticket information, visit www.chicagosoulfc.com or call (224) 699-4110.
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