Storm tally team-record 25 points, edge closer to playoffs
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. - The Chicago Storm offense found some life in a big way Friday night at the Sears Centre Arena. Chicago scored a team-record 25 points one game after being shut out and defeated the California Cougars, 25-17, in Major Indoor Soccer League action. The match, played in front of a crowd of 3,174, wraps up the Storm's regular-season home schedule and it puts them just a little bit closer to an MISL playoff berth.
Next up for the Storm (15-13) is a 6:35 p.m. (CST) road match against the Baltimore Blast on Saturday at 1st Mariner Arena. With a victory against Baltimore (17-10), or a Philadelphia KiXX loss against Milwaukee on Saturday, Chicago officially clinches a postseason spot. The last time the Storm faced Baltimore, the Blast blanked Chicago, 13-0, on March 22 at the Sears Centre.
On Friday, the Storm's Carlos "Chile" Farias returned to the lineup and scored two goals assisted four other goals and tallied nine points to lead Chicago. Farias missed the Storm's last match against Baltimore, serving a one-game suspension. All four assists came in the second half.
The Storm's Mark Ughy and John Ball had two goals apiece. Storm goalkeeper and former Cougar Jim Larkin made 11 saves for the victory. On the flip side, California goalkeeper Sanaldo saved 15 of 25 shots.
The two teams were tied at 10-10 going into halftime. But the Storm outscored the Cougars 4-0 in the third quarter and never relinquished their lead. Chicago also posted 11 points in the fourth quarter. The Cougars' record dropped to 9-19 on the season.
Notes: California dressed only 12 players against the Storm. ... As part of the Storm's Tribute to Local Heroes, before Friday's MISL match the Chicago Police Department defeated the Elgin Police Department, 10-1.
Scoring summary: First quarter: 1. Storm: 3:58, Stephen Armstrong (Matthew Stewart); 2. Storm: 5:39, Chile Farias (Fabinho); 3. Cougars: 6:28, Semir Mesanovic (Antonio Sutton); 4. Storm: 6:55, Randy Soderman (Mariano Bollella); 5. Storm: 7:29, Fabinho (Chris Brisson); 6. Cougars: 8:46, Enrique Tovar (Franck M'Bemba); 7. Cougars: 14:24, Bernie Lilavois (Frank M'Bemba)
Second quarter: 8. Cougars: 0:29, Aaron Bonser (Majell Aterado); 9. Storm: 1:29, Mark Ughy (Matthew Stewart); 10. Cougars: 6:26, Franck M'Bemba (Enrique Tovar)
Halftime: Storm 10, Cougars 10
Third quarter: 11. Storm: 0:44, Andy Rosenband (Chile Farias); 12. Storm: 13:53, Ian Bennett (Chile Farias)
Fourth quarter: 13. Cougars: 2:43, Bernie Lilavois (Majell Aterado); 14. Storm: 4:45, Mariano Bollella (Chile Farias); 15. Cougars: 7:06, Majell Aterado, 3PG (Aaron Bonser); 16. Storm: 7:48, Mark Ughy, PPG (Chile Farias); 17. Storm: 10:13, John Ball (Matthew Stewart); 18. Storm: 12:36, John Ball (Andy Rosenband); 19. Storm: 12:57, Chile Farias, 3PG (unassisted); 20. Cougars: 14:40 quarter, Enrique Tovar (Bernie Lilavois)
Final: Storm 25, Cougars 17
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