Blast, Hileman stifle punchless Heat, 18-4

Visitors over .500 after third win in row


January 14, 2002|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

HARRISBURG, Pa. - It only took one quarter and eight saves from Blast keeper Scott Hileman to get the offensively deprived Harrisburg Heat frustrated and disinterested last night.

Successfully completing a weekend task that began with a win in Baltimore on Saturday, the Blast thoroughly handled the Heat for a second straight night, keeping the home team off the scoreboard for the first two-thirds of the game in an 18-4 victory before 3,812 at the Farm Show Arena.

The two teams continued on separate paths. The Blast won its third straight to improve to 10-9, while the Heat, whose Major Indoor Soccer League-low scoring average of 9.6 dipped even lower, fell for the fourth straight time to drop to 6-12.

Midfielder Denison Cabral led a balanced Blast attack with three goals for six points and Tarik Walker added a two-pointer and two assists for four points, moving into second place on the team's all-time scoring list with 397 points.

Hileman saved 18 of the 19 shots from the Heat, getting a well-deserved rest late with backup Eric Hymowitz getting a chance to see some time.

"Certainly that was one of our better efforts of the season," said Blast coach Kevin Healey. "We came in on the road and just took the game to them. We scored plenty of points, we committed to playing defense and we were going through our midfield as well as our forwards - it was a complete effort."

The energy the Heat showed was quickly sapped by Hileman. He looked sharp early, with consecutive saves off shots from Mike Feniger and David Bascome, and stayed that way throughout.

At the other end, the Blast got goals from Cabral, Danny Kelly and Paul Wright to build a 6-0 lead after the first quarter. Even in the unpredictable game of indoor soccer, it appeared to be over from that point, with the Heat showing little fight the rest of the way.

"Especially after winning [Saturday], coming back here with a lot of energy, scoring some goals early and playing good defense, it just made it easier on us later in the game," Cabral said. "That's what we were committed to do. We just had to get out early and show that we were here to win this game. Everybody knows you're not going to win just putting the ball in the net - you have to play defense and play up and back, and we did. Defensively, the effort was there from everyone from the beginning."

After Kelly added his second goal of the game in the second quarter - both penalty kicks - to push the lead to 8-0 at the half, the Blast left no doubt early in the third quarter, getting a goal from Cabral 1:30 in and continuing on from there.

Walker scored off a pass from Danny Santoro and then returned the favor two minutes later - Santoro from Walker - for a 14-0 lead with 9:57 left in the third quarter.

Eight Blast players recorded a goal or assist, which pleased Healey.

"Normally, when we're really playing well, that's what happens," he said. "I like every once in awhile for Paul Wright to step up and get five goals to make it easy on us, but that shows we're knocking the ball around, everyone is taking care of their own jobs and the goals are just coming."

Hileman, who had 11 saves in the Blast's 13-7 victory on Saturday, finally allowed a goal, from Nick Cornelli, with 4:56 left in the third just after the Blast killed off a man-advantage situation.

Blast 6 2 6 4 - 18

Harrisburg 0 0 2 2 - 4

First quarter: 1. Blast, Cabral, 2 pt., 3:14; 2. Blast, Kelly, 2 pt., 11:09; 3. Blast, Wright, 2 pt., (Walker), 12:24. Penalties: Harrisburg, Morman, (intentional hand ball), 11:09; Harrisburg, Morman, (five-minute misconduct), 11:09

Second quarter: 4. Blast, Kelly, 2 pt., 6:40. Penalties: Harrisburg, Cornelli, (intentional hand ball), 6:39; Harrisburg, Diego, (tripping), 12:20.

Third quarter: 5. Blast, Cabral, 2 pt., (Bowers), 1:30; 6. Blast, Walker, 2 pt., (Santoro), 3:26; 7. Blast, Santoro, 2 pt., (Walker), 5:03; 8. Harrisburg, Cornelli, 2 pt., (Knowles), 10:04. Penalties: Blast, Tschantret, (holding), 7:56.

Fourth quarter: 9. Blast, Celenza, 2pt., (Wright), 6:53; 10. Blast Cabral, 2 pt., (Dieter), 12:24; 11. Harrisburg, Regis, 2 pt., (Bascome), 13:22.

Shots on goal: Blast 12-12-6-6 - 36; Harrisburg 10-4-10-7 - 31.Power-play opportunities: Blast 0-for-1; Harrisburg 0-for-1. Shoot-out opportunities: Blast 0-for-0; Harrisburg 0-for-0. Goalkeepers: Blast, Hileman, 19 shots, 18 saves, Hymowitz, 2 shots, 1 save; Harrisburg, Petras, 27 shots, 18 saves. A -- 3,812.

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