Wave Battles to Defeat Steamers in Semifinal Game One, 4-3
ST. LOUIS (Friday, April 29, 2005) The Milwaukee Wave collected two goals in the final three minutes of the game to take a 4-3 decision against the St. Louis Steamers in Game One of the Major Indoor Soccer League Semifinals in front of 5,916 fans at the Savvis Center. The Wave gave up three early goals by the Steamers before holding St. Louis scoreless for the remaining 43 minutes of the game. The Wave and Steamers will meet in Game Two on Sunday, May 1 at 1:00 p.m. at the U.S. Cellular Arena.
The Steamers converted the first goal of the match as they were able to collect a Wave pass that bounced off the official to Jeff Davis. Davis fed Justin McMillian in the middle of the box for the goal past Wave goalkeeper Nick Vorberg at 4:50 of the first period. A minute later the Steamers increased its lead as Joe Reiniger sent a midfield pass to Mariano Bollella for the goal at 5:51.
The Wave got on the board at 8:29 of the first period as Pat White found Lovelace Ackah on the right side. Ackah dribbled in and blasted the shot into the upper corner of the net for the score.
The Steamers increased its lead back to two off a restart goal that deflected off a Wave defender and into the back of the net at 2:02 of the second quarter. Chile Farias was credited with the unassisted goal for St. Louis. The lone goal of the second period was the final goal the Steamers would record in the match.
Milwaukee tallied the first and only goal of the third quarter when Todd Dusosky fed Greg Howes in the middle of the box. Howes slid the ball through the defense and past Steamers goalkeeper Brett Phillips at 3:01.
The Wave tied the game at 3-3 with just less than three minutes to play when Marcelo Fontana found Todd Dusosky on the low post for the score at 12:14. Milwaukee then took its first lead of the day only 22 seconds later when Matt Schmidt rocketed a shot past Phillips at 12:36.
The No. 1 Milwaukee Wave returns home to the U.S. Cellular Arena to take on the No. 4 St. Louis Steamers on Sunday, May 1 at 1 p.m. If Milwaukee wins Sundays match, they will then advance to the 2005 MISL Championship Series Finals. Game One of the Finals is in Milwaukee at The Cell on Saturday, May 14 at 7:30 p.m., with a live kick-off on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. Game Two of the Finals is in St. Louis at the Savvis Center on Saturday, May 21 at 6 p.m., also live on ESPN2.
Call 414-224-WAVE for more information, or visit www.milwaukeewave.com. Tickets for the postseason ($20, $16, $14 and $12) are available at the Wisconsin Center District (WCD) Box Office, located between U.S. Cellular Arena and the Milwaukee Theater at 510 W. Kilbourn Ave., all TicketMaster Outlets, at www.ticketmaster.com, or by phone charge at 414-276-4545. Groups of 10 or more should contact the Waves Group Sales Dept. at 414-224-WAVE (9283) for group rate discounts.
The Milwaukee Wave was established in 1984 as one of six charter members of the American Indoor Soccer Association (AISA). In 2001, the Wave transitioned to being a successful member of the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL). Through the guidance of head coach Keith Tozer, the winningest coach in Wave and North American indoor soccer history, the Wave has won three league titles (1997-98, 99-2000, 2000-01), six regular season championships, and has made six championship series appearances. The Wave plays at home in the US Cellular Arena located in downtown Milwaukee. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the teams website at www.MilwaukeeWave.com or call 414-224-WAVE (9283).
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