Blast defeats Dallas for split on road trip

Three goals in 1:04 span of third quarter sparks rally for 13-9 victory

Soccer

October 14, 2002|By Scott Farrell | Scott Farrell,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

DALLAS - Road wins are hard to come by in the Major Indoor Soccer League. Rarer still is winning a scorefest on the road against one of the MISL's highest-scoring teams.

Baltimore accomplished both yesterday with a 13-9 win over the Dallas Sidekicks before 6,491 at Reunion Arena. The win, coming on the second leg of a two-game, two-day trip, kept the Blast tied atop the Eastern Conference at 2-1.

The Blast is one of only three MISL teams to secure a road win thus far.

"We're disappointed we didn't get a win last night [a 10-9 loss in Cleveland]," midfielder Paul Wright said, "but we'll take a split on the road."

Baltimore trailed early but came back to take control in the second half. A furious stretch in which three goals were scored in 1:04 ended with Blast forward Gino DiFlorio's strike from a narrow angle late in the third quarter. The goal gave the Blast an 11-9 lead and answered a quick score from Dallas' David Doyle that for a short time produced the third tie of the game.

"We knew they would come out with a lot of energy playing at home," Wright said. "We had to match that energy and then settle down into our game. We were focused on what we wanted to do."

The Blast's momentum shift came at the end of the first half. A series of headers inside the Dallas penalty area rallied the Blast from a 7-3 deficit to a tie 15 seconds before halftime. Two shots from the left side caromed high off the glass above the goal. Jason Dieter caught the second rebound in time to head a two-foot shot into the short side. The goal ended the comeback started at the 2:02 mark when Lee Tschantret took control of a loose ball alone on the left side and beat Sagu with a strong, twisting shot with the first of his two goals.

Those were among six shots for the Blast in the quarter as it continued to control possession but struggled to finish.

Dallas took a four-goal lead out of the first quarter after slipping a power-play goal past Scott Hileman with under a minute left. Dallas forward Giampaulo Pedroso found Tatu behind the short-handed Blast defense for an easy tap-in. It was the first power-play goal scored against the Blast in five opportunities this season.

Dallas' Brad Flanagan opened the scoring 2:33 in on a set play. Baltimore answered two minutes later when Denison Cabral scored on a three-point shot high and right in transition from a Wright pass. The score was Cabral's first three-pointer of the season and gave him a team-leading nine points.

This was the first meeting between the Baltimore and Dallas franchises since the 1991-92 season. Baltimore leads the all-time series, 37-17.

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