Blast can hardly miss against Crunch, 27-12

Scoring spread around in season-best outputBlast on scoring binge, 27-12

Soccer

January 27, 2001|By Chuck Murr | Chuck Murr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

CLEVELAND - The Blast dominated the rival Cleveland Crunch in every way in a 27-12 rout last night, and everybody knew it.

Especially Crunch coach Bruce Miller.

"We got hammered," Miller said after seeing Paul Wright, Denison Cabral and Jason Dieter each score two goals and six other Blast players score once against his team.

"We did not respond to anything they did," Miller said. "This was a total shambles from start to finish."

The Blast (14-6) naturally saw things otherwise, though with another meeting between the teams at 7:30 tonight at Baltimore Arena, players kept their emotions in check.

"This was a lot of fun," Cabral said. "At the same time, we know we have another tough game with them, and we have to do everything right all over again. That's not easy to do in this league."

The Blast made it look easy in rolling to its largest point total and widest margin of victory of the season. Cleveland (10-11) had a five-game home win streak ended.

"We came in here wanting to pressure them and we did," Blast coach Kevin Healey said. "It's satisfying to come away with a victory like this in this building, where Cleveland is particularly tough. For one night at least, we solved the problem that the Crunch has presented us with for years."

Danny Santoro scored a three-point goal and had three assists and Mark Thomas, Jeff Clarke, Lance Johnson, Tarik Walker, J.J. Kremer and Lee Tschantret contributed two-pointers to the Blast point parade.

"Everybody got involved," Cabral said. "The defense came together and that set up the offense."

Goalkeeper Scott Hileman made 22 saves and even got in the offensive spirit with an assist.

Wright scored twice in the second half. He kicked in a quick restart at 8:30 of the third quarter to make it 17-8 and headed in a pass from Santoro at 3:11 of the fourth quarter to cap an 8-0 run that made it 23-8.

"Balanced scoring always is a key to our success," Healey said. "We'll need to play like this again at home, too. I have a lot of respect for Cleveland and know they'll be ready to get back at us."

All-time NPSL scoring leader Hector Marinaro, back in the lineup after missing six games with a calf injury, got two of the Crunch goals.

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