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Wave Pull Away From Sharks In Second Half, 21-4

March 9, 2008 - Major Indoor Soccer League 2 (MISL 2) - Milwaukee Wave News Release

MILWAUKEE (March 9, 2008) -- Their 15th consecutive playoff berth clinched while they sat at home, the Milwaukee Wave made sure on Sunday they would not be accused of backing in.

Jonathan Santos scored his first MISL hat trick as the Wave won for the sixth time in seven games, 21-4 over the Orlando Sharks, in front of 6,332 fans.

When Philadelphia lost to Baltimore on Friday, it extended the Wave's impressive postseason streak. Only the NHL's Detroit Red Wings (17 years) have a longer active run of playoff appearances. But the Wave are still playing for one of the two byes available in the MISL playoffs, and held up their end Sunday against the Sharks (3-23).

Milwaukee (17-7) led only 8-4 at halftime, but Troy Dusosky scored the key goal just 1:37 into the third period. Greg Howes cleared a ball out of the corner to a waiting Dusosky, who lined up and drilled his second 3-pointer of the year.

Warren Ukah followed up with a shot block and coast-to-coast solo run four minutes later, and Howes ended the quarter with his MISL-leading ninth restart goal of the season to make it 15-4 heading into the fourth.

Howes had four assists to go with his goal and retook the league scoring lead with 95 points. His last one was a nice piece of strategy on a shootout. Instead of taking the shot himself, Howes drew out the keeper and then laid the ball off to Marcio Leite, who had sprinted from the midfield line and easily touched the ball in.

Rookie Marcel Feenstra was the winning keeper, his fourth victory in as many starts. Feenstra made 14 saves.

Next Sunday, the Wave host the New Jersey Ironmen at 2 p.m. in the eighth annual Green Jersey Game for Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. In honor of St. Patrick's Day, the Wave wear special green jerseys that are auctioned off during the game, with proceeds going to Children's Hospital. Call (414) 224-9283 or visit any Ticketmaster outlet for tickets.

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