Philly hits back, and Blast goes cold, 11-10

Loss is 2nd straight, 1st to KiXX in four games

November 20, 1999|By Brent Jones | Brent Jones,SUN STAFF

Blast midfielder Danny Kelly said the team missed out on a number of chances, causing a season-low point total in an 11-10 loss to the Philadelphia KiXX last night in front of 5,316 at the Baltimore Arena.

The game was the fourth this season between the teams, the Blast (4-2) having won the first three. By dealing the Blast its second straight loss after four wins, the KiXX (3-3) moved to a game behind the Blast for the National Professional Soccer League East Division lead.

"A lot of guys on this team can score," Kelly said. "If you would have said to me that we would only score 10 points, I would have been a little surprised. We are capable of scoring a lot more points than that. But we missed some chances tonight. I missed some chances."

The Blast will have a chance to redeem itself at 7: 30 tonight at the Arena against the Montreal Impact, who flew in early and watched last night's game.

"We've got to come up with a win," Blast coach Kevin Healey said. "We have to refocus ourselves, starting right now. We have no choice but to put this game behind us."

Kelly may have missed a few chances from the floor against the KiXX, but he made two important shots, converting two penalty kicks. They were the Blast's first penalty kicks this season.

Kelly's first goal gave the team its only lead of the night at 7: 41 in the second quarter after KiXX defender Neil Gilbert was called for tripping in the box. The goal put the Blast up 4-3.

Things got a little heated in the second quarter. Five penalties were called, a minor scuffle broke out between Blast forward Tarik Walker and Gilbert.

KiXX defender Hormoz Tabrizi was called for the period's first penalty, setting up the Blast's first goal. Midfielder Denison Cabral scored off a pass from Kelly starting the power play and tied the game at 2.

"The referees did a good job with that, as far as what was happening there," Healey said. "We could have executed a little bit better. We did score off free kicks, but we needed to execute a little bit better."

KiXX goalkeeper Peter Pappas stopped 17 shots on the night. Healey said Pappas was one of the differences in the game and a major reason the team could only muster 10 points.

With Pappas playing well, the KiXX took control in the third period. After the Blast's Paul Wright scored at 6: 18 to cut Philadelphia's lead to 7-6, the KiXX put away two goals, Shawn Beyer's at 7: 08 and Domenic Mobilio's at 11: 41, to pull away, 11-6.

Kelly made his second penalty shot of the night at 3: 06 in the fourth after Pappas was called for tripping. Ten minutes later, Paul Wright scored off an Erik Rasmussen pass to cut the KiXX lead to one. But even with an extra attacker for the final two minutes, the Blast was unable to score.

Philadelphia 2 3 6 0 -- 11

Blast 0 4 2 4 -- 10

Blast tonight

Opponent: Montreal Impact

Time: 7: 30

Where: Baltimore Arena

Radio: WCBM (680 AM)

Outlook: The Impact got a chance to see the Blast firsthand, sitting in the stands last night. Giuliano Oliviero leads the Central Division-leading Impact with 20 points, and Ricky Tangredi is 2-0 in goal. This is the first time this season the Blast has played back-to-back games. The teams split four games last year.

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