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Storm blasts past Baltimore, 10-6

December 11, 2004 - Major Indoor Soccer League 2 (MISL 2) - Chicago Storm News Release

Chicago (Saturday, December 11, 2004) - The Chicago Storm snapped their three game losing streak by defeating the two-time defending MISL champion Baltimore Blast for the second time this season by a final of 10-6 tonight at the UIC Pavilion to improve their record to 6-5 in the Central Division. Storm forward Awadalla Morad lead the scoring attack by recording two goals and one assist and midfielders Novi and Andy Rosenband tallied two each. Chicago will take an early morning flight to Philadelphia tomorrow for a 12:05 CT game against the KiXX at the Wachovia Spectrum. The game can be heard live on .

"This was an important win for us," said Storm Head Coach and GM Frank Klopas. "We played tough and with a game tomorrow afternoon in Philadelphia, we knew this was a must-win game. Mentally we have to be stronger though. As the season progresses, you want to become better as a team and I feel we are doing that. You have to be disciplined and good with the ball to be successful in this league. We have started off games very well, but we have to do a better job finishing them off."

Novi scored the game-winner at 1:31 of the third quarter on a freekick from the top of the arch. The shot rocketed through the Baltimore three-man wall and slid under Blast goalkeeper Sagu to give the Storm a 7-2 lead. Chicago extended the lead to 9-2 in the third quarter, but Baltimore cut into the lead with three goals in the fourth.

Morad continued his torrid scoring pace with his two goals to give himself six goals in five games, which are his first as a professional. The Burbank, Ill. resident stole the ball from a Blast defender, raced in alone on Sagu and calmly placed a right-footed shot into the top right corner at 4:34 of the second. Morad earned an assist on Rosenband's second of the night at 8:34 of the third quarter. Overall the West Bank, Palestine native has earned six goals and four assist for 10 points in five games.

The Storm set two records tonight as this became the first time the team registered 10 goals in a game. Forward Byron Alvarez scored the quickest goal in Storm history 38 seconds into the game after midfielder Chris Carrieri found the Mexico native streaking down the field unmarked.

The "Yellow and Black" return to Chicago for a return date with the Philadelphia KiXX on Friday, December 17 at 7:30 p.m. CT at the UIC Pavilion. The game can be heard live in English on and on Univision Radio WRTO 1200 AM in Spanish.

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