Mounban saves 23 in Blast's 15-10 win

Post-game fight erupts after Harrisburg is held scoreless in final 39:23

Soccer

March 04, 2002|By Michael Bullock | Michael Bullock,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Karim Mounban certainly will file away last night's Major Indoor Soccer League game as one he'll never forget.

First, the Blast's rookie goalkeeper registered his first indoor win in a debut that featured 23 saves in Baltimore's 15-10 victory over the Harrisburg Heat at the Farm Show Arena.

Then, while shaking Blast coach Kevin Healey's hand during the post-game cool-down, the Cameroon native was surrounded by a bench-clearing brawl involving nearly 25 players from both sides. It took 10 minutes for officials to restore order.

The fight, which came moments after the Blast (14-18) ended a six-game losing streak, apparently was ignited when Baltimore's Dewan Bader took a poke at Harrisburg coach Richard Chinapoo.

Within seconds, punches were flying. The primary antagonists, in addition to Bader and Chinapoo, appeared to be the Blast's Scott Hileman and Paul Wright as well as Harrisburg's Matt Knowles and Paolo Ceccarelli.

"I have no comment," Healey said. "I was shaking Karim's hand. I do not know what happened."

Said Chinapoo: "The game's over. I was concerned because we'd lost, but don't come in our house and do that. The fans pay money to see a professional, classy league, and we're not upholding that. I've told my players that if any of them goes into another building and disrespects them, they won't be here."

Well before the fistic finale, the Blast uncorked a nifty defensive effort that kept Harrisburg (8-24) scoreless for the game's final 39:23.

That enabled the Blast to turn a 10-6 deficit into a 15-10 victory highlighted by Mounban's goalkeeping and Giuliano Celenza's two goals and three assists.

Celenza played a leading role in the Blast's lengthy finishing kick, assisting on goals by Sean Bowers and Tarik Walker that bumped the Blast back in front at 11-10 with 3:48 left in the third quarter.

Celenza's second goal, which came with 20 seconds left in the third, made it 13-10. Henry Gutierrez added insurance with 3:46 left.

And while Celenza was causing problems on the offensive end for Harrisburg, the Blast was getting a combined 20 blocked shots from Bader, Lance Johnson, Walker, Lester Felician and Iain Fraser.

"It was an absolute defensive effort," Healey said. "I couldn't be more proud of my goalkeeper. In his first effort he did a great job and we were blocking shots.

"We were doing everything to win the game."

Blast 6 3 4 2 -- 15

Harrisburg 2 8 0 0 -- 10

First quarter: 1. Blast, Tschantret 19 (Johnson), 3:06; 2. Harrisburg, Tanzini 4 (Petras), 11:23; 3. Blast, Santoro 4 (Celenza), 12:35; 4. Blast, Celenza 24 (Tschantret), 13:04. Penalties: 1. Blast, Cabral (pushing), 14:24.

Second quarter: 5. Harrisburg, Bascome 33 (Corneli), 0:29 (ppg); 6. Harrisburg, Bascome 34 (Karic), 1:25; 7. Harrisburg, Morman 8 (Tanzini),4:49; 8. Harrisburg, Bascome 35 (Barber), 5:37; 9. Blast, Bowers 24 (Celenza), 12:52 (3pg). Penalties: 2. Baltimore, Celenza (roughing), 6:21;3. Harrisburg, Regis (roughing), 6:21; 4. Baltimore, Tschantret (tripping),8:48; 5. Baltimore, Tschantret (tripping-major), 8:48.

Third quarter: 10. Blast, Walker 23 (Celenza), 11:12 (ppg); 11. Blast, Celenza 25 (Wright), 14:40. Penalties: 6. Blast, Fraser (tripping), 7:52; 7. Harrisburg, Morman (tripping), 10:28.

Fourth quarter: 12. Blast, Gutierrez 4 (Cabral), 11:14. Penalties: 8. Harrisburg, Tanzini (tripping), 3:08.

Shots on goal: Blast 10-5-12-10--37; Harrisburg 15-18-6-8--47. Power-play opportunities: Blast 1-for-2; Harrisburg 1-for-3. Goalkeepers: Blast, Mounban 1-0 (23 saves); Harrisburg, Petras 7-14 (16), Morman (0). A--2,895.

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