ST. LOUIS -- Before last night's game between the St. Louis Storm and the Baltimore Blast, members of the old St. Louis Steamers met in an alumni game.
The Storm might want to call on some of the old guard the next time they meet the Blast. St. Louis couldn't do any worse.
Despite never trailing in regulation, St. Louis dropped its ninth straight to the Blast last night when Billy Ronson scored 3 minutes, 46 seconds into overtime on the rebound of a shot by Angelo Panzetta, giving Baltimore a 6-5 win that moved Baltimore over .500 on the season at 6-5. St. Louis fell to 4-7.
Ronson said: "We work a lot in practice on our breaks. Angelo did a real nice job, and his shot hit the post and came right out to me, and I was able to hit it in off my knee. That's soccer."
The Storm, which entered the then-Major Indoor Soccer League last season as an expansion team, has yet to beat the Blast, having dropped all seven games to Baltimore in its first season and going 0-for-2 this season.
The Blast had tied the game with less than seven minutes remaining on Domenic Mobilio's second goal of the game. Mobilio made a nice move around a Storm defender, and his low shot from in close eluded goalkeeper Slobo Ilijevski to make it 5-5.
St. Louis, which squandered an early two-goal advantage, had jumped ahead again off a free kick with less than two minutes remaining in the third quarter.
Storm forward Preki, more known for his shooting than his passing, knocked a short pass to David Eise on the left side. Eise's shot hit just inside the near post and squirted by Blast goalie Scott Manning to make it 5-4, St. Louis.
After trailing the entire game, Baltimore tied it less than five minutes into the third quarter when forward Tim Wittman put home a rebound of a shot by Ronson. The assist was Ronson's 17th of the season, tops in the MSL this season. Ronson also leads the Blast with 24 points.