Strong First Half Lifts Soul to 23-14 Victory over Wings
CHICAGO -- Powered by a strong first half and a 13-point performance from Carlos Farias, the Chicago Soul were able to claim a 23-14 victory over the Wichita Wings at the Sears Centre Arena on Monday. Farias, who had a total of four goals, set an MISL record for the current era with his three 3-pointers.
"The biggest thing we needed to work on was finishing our chances, and that's what I tried to do today," said Farias. "Anything can change in indoor soccer. Today was proof of that. Wichita came back, but the good thing is that we were able to get some chances and finish. We needed this win to keep competing for the playoff spot, so I'm happy."
The Soul came out guns blazing, getting off to an impressive 15-0 start. Carlos Muñoz sparked the action as he found the back of the net early in the first quarter to make it a 2-0 Chicago advantage. Pablo doubled the Soul's lead as he finished on a pass from Farias. Bato Radoncic capped off first period scoring when he found the back of the net with 4 seconds to go, giving Chicago a 6-0 lead over Wichita.
Matthew Stewart opened up the second quarter with a goal to make it an 8-point game. Farias extended the Soul's lead to 11-0 after striking from the 3-point range. Less than a minute later, Radoncic added another goal to put Chicago on top 13-0. Pablo struck again at the 9:21 mark to make it a 15-point lead. Seconds later, the Soul's scoring streak came to an end as Wichita's Andrew Hoxie put the Wings on the board, and the squads headed into halftime with a score of 15-2 in the Soul's favor.
The third quarter was dominated by the Wings, who had four straight goals that brought them back in the game. Adrian Gonzalez and Andre Berenzon scored a pair of goals to cut the Soul's lead to 15-6. Michael Mesle and Berenzon followed up with a pair of 3-pointers to bring Wichita within three before heading into the final period.
Farias finally managed to halt the Wings' 12-0 run with a goal in the opening moments of the fourth quarter. Farias struck again minutes later from beyond the 3-point arc, completing his hat trick and allowing the Soul to take a 20-12 lead over the Wings. Wichita's Hoxie scored his second goal of the game to make it a 6-point game, but Farias answered again with a long 3-pointer, and Chicago went on to collect the 23-14 victory.
"I give everyone credit in the first half, but second half goes to Chile," said Soul Head Coach Novi Marojevic. "He really stepped up today. He scored at the right moments and changed the game for us."
The Soul will return to action on Saturday, January 26 when they travel to Wichita to take on the Wings. Kickoff is at 7:35 p.m. CT at Hartman Arena. The Soul will play their next home game on Thursday, January 31 when they host the Wings once again. For ticket information, visit www.chicagosoulfc.com or call (224) 699-4110.
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