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Wave 8, Storm 5 in Beach Soccer Xperience I

June 15, 2009 - Xtreme Soccer League (XSL) - Milwaukee Wave News Release

CHICAGO (June 15, 2009) - A four-goal run in the second half lifted the Milwaukee Wave over the Chicago Storm 8-5 on Saturday in the first Beach Soccer Xperience match on Chicago's Montrose Beach.

Milwaukee hosts a rematch this Saturday at 2 p.m. at Bradford Beach on the shores of Lake Michigan. There is no admission charge.

Saturday was cold and rainy, but despite the conditions the players' competitive nature emerged quickly and they played a tight first half. Milwaukee went up 3-1 in the single-point scoring system, but Chicago led 5-4 at halftime. Beto scored two goals and added an assist, and Ian Bennett gave the Storm the lead just before half on an assist from Brandon Corday. Bennett led the Storm in scoring during the Xtreme Soccer League season completed in April.

At the outset of the second half, Chicago goalkeeper Bayard Elfvin - a member of the U.S. national beach soccer team - kept his team in the lead with a series of amazing saves. But Giuliano Oliviero - the Wave's second-leading scorer in the regular season - converted an assist from Michael Asen to tie the match and Milwaukee never trailed again.

Jacek Przednowek put the Wave on top with a free kick, then Oliviero completed a hat trick and Przednowek set up Tenzin Rampa for the final goal.

Przednowek, who scored 17 points in 13 games for the Wave before an ankle injury ended his season, supported Oliviero with two goals and three assists. Beto's two goals and an assist led Chicago. Marcel Feenstra of Milwaukee was the winning keeper. Video highlights of Saturday's game will be posted this week at www.xtremesl.net and the teams' respective websites.

Beach soccer is played with four field players and a keeper, with three 12-minute periods. (Saturday's game was played with two 20-minute halves). Goals are wide, shots are often taken right from the kickoff and scoring is high. Many of the runs and patterns are derived from futsal, which has a great influence on the XSL game.

Founded last summer by the Milwaukee Wave, Detroit Ignition, New Jersey Ironmen and Chicago Storm, the Xtreme Soccer League is more than an indoor soccer league. The Xtreme Soccer Xperience is an energetic and innovative 12-month sports lifestyle brand built around skilled soccer professionals, entertainment and fan participation - both live and online. The Detroit Ignition claimed the first XSL championship in April. For more information, visit XtremeSL.net.


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