Wave Advance to Championship Game After Defeating Rival Baltimore Blast
The Six-Time Champion Milwaukee Wave defeated the Baltimore Blast in the Major Arena Soccer League Ron Newman Cup Eastern Conference Final game Sunday afternoon at UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena.
Final score: Milwaukee Wave 2, Baltimore Blast 1.
"I'm feeling a little better now than I was the last few hours," said Milwaukee Wave Head Coach Giuliano Oliviero. "What a team, what an organization the Blast are. From their owner Ed Hale to the best coach in the league, Danny Kelly, everything he's done for the team since he's taken over is just great. I give their players full credit, they're playing away from home and their game plan was fantastic. On our side- I couldn't be prouder of the guys. We talked first day of preseason about this, on November 1st. It's been six months of hard work, and I'm just beyond happy for the players getting through such a tough and important game today."
Milwaukee Wave goals were scored by #77 Marcio Leite (Q1 - 11:35) and #26 Ian Bennett had the game winning goal. (Q4 - 5:11)
"It's such a great feeling," said Bennett. "I'm thinking that we missed some opportunities we should have had. I'm really just happy for the team. Our defense was good all game, we just couldn't put the ball in the net like we wanted to. Finally, I got lucky and I got one, and that was all we needed. I'm incredibly happy, but we are ready to see who we get to play in the finals."
Milwaukee Wave goalkeeper #30 Josh Lemos only took 4 shots against and let one by for a save percentage of .750.
"I'm feeling very blessed," added Lemos. "I just thank God we got the result we wanted. Obviously, we are incredibly happy with the result, but we know that this is just a piece to our puzzle. We have one more piece missing, so hopefully we can get the other peace next weekend to complete it."
"I'm feeling amazing about the playoffs in terms of the competitiveness of the game," said Major Arena Soccer League Commissioner Josh Schaub. "About half our games have been one goal games so far. We've entertained our fans to the nth degree, it's been outstanding so far. We have another game tonight, San Diego vs Monterey, and winner of that will play the Wave. Tonight determines whether the game will be in San Diego or Milwaukee, either way the league wins and it will be outstanding game. We will have a huge crowd, and I couldn't be happier for the league right now."
Stay tuned to MilwaukeeWave.com and MASLSoccer.com for information on where the Ron Newman Cup Championship game will be played.
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The Milwaukee Wave and Ian Bennett celebrate after clinching a championship berth
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Major Arena Soccer League Stories from April 28, 2019
- Wave Will Host Championship Game Sunday, May 5th at UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena - Milwaukee Wave
- Wave Advance to Championship Game After Defeating Rival Baltimore Blast - Milwaukee Wave
- Heartbreak in Milwaukee as Blast Lose to Wave 2-1 - Baltimore Blast
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