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Stung Early, Wave Keep Composure, Dump Sharks 25-10

March 23, 2008 - Major Indoor Soccer League 2 (MISL 2) - Milwaukee Wave News Release

ORLANDO (March 23, 2008) -- Twenty-one points in 21 minutes.

That's how the Milwaukee Wave handled a 6-0 deficit to the last-place Orlando Sharks on Sunday, pouring it on in the middle two quarters to post a 25-10 victory and keep pace with the Detroit Ignition for first place.

Marcio Leite picked up a hat trick for the Wave (19-7), who won their fifth in a row and eighth of their last nine. Brett Wiesner added two goals and league scoring leader Greg Howes had a 3-point goal and two assists. The 25 points is the Wave's high for the season.

Orlando (3-25) had been outscored 128-40 in the first quarter this season, but had two goals in the first 3 minutes and led 6-0 midway through the second quarter.

"The key was, at 6-0, there was no panicking going on," said Wave coach Keith Tozer. "I told the guys, sometimes it just doesn't start the way you want it to start. If you start imploding as an individual and as a team, that makes it more difficult to get back."

The Wave finally broke through on Leite's first goal, on an assist from Marcelo Fontana with exactly six minutes remaining in the second. From there, the goals came in bunches.

Two more Wave scores followed in the next 55 seconds, and it was 10-8 Milwaukee at the half. Five more goals in the third made it 21-10, and Leite wrapped up his hat trick early in the fourth.

"Give Orlando a lot of credit," Tozer said. "They came out, fought, worked really hard and got a 6-0 lead. At that time, I still felt there was a long way to go. We got a couple of quick goals and got the lead at halftime, which I thought was big."

Howes extended his point total to 107, 15 more than Dino Delevski of Monterrey with just four games remaining for each. The two-time MISL MVP is going for his fourth league scoring title in five years. Leite's day moved him into a tie for sixth in the league in scoring with 69 points.

Goalkeeper Marcel Feenstra improved to 5-0 in his rookie season and added his first MISL point, assisting Fontana on the game's final score with 2:29 remaining.

Milwaukee concludes the regular season with four games in eight days, beginning Saturday at Philadelphia. Sunday, the Wave return home for the first of two crucial games with Detroit, at 2 p.m. at the U.S. Cellular Arena. Call (414) 224-9283 for tickets, or visit any Ticketmaster outlet.

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