Wave finishes Blast in overtime, 12-10

Howes' goal stops rally from six-point deficit


October 20, 2002|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

The Milwaukee Wave continued to make an early-season statement, last night at the expense of the Blast, this time doing it in heartbreak, overtime fashion.

Greg Howes' goal with 2:07 left in the first overtime period gave the Wave a 12-10 win over the Blast in a treat of a game before 5,273 fans who saw it at First Mariner Arena.

Howes' left-footed finish, coming from the top of the scoring circle and finding the top left corner, put a damper on a strong second-half performance from the home team, which rallied from a six-point first-half deficit.

The Wave, still smarting from last year's loss to the Philadelphia KiXX in the Major Indoor Soccer League championship, remained the only undefeated team in the league at 4-0, with three of the wins coming on the road.

The Blast, which can find plenty of positives in the losing cause, fell to 2-2 on the season with the Kansas City Comets in for a visit next Friday night.

"The second half was excellent -- we almost shut them out for three quarters and we battled very well to get back in the game. The positives are we had a great defensive effort and we showed and now know that we can come back on a quality team. It would just be a lot nicer being 3-1 instead of 2-2," said Blast coach Kevin Healey.

Trailing 10-4 at the half, the Blast came out for the third quarter with lunch pail in hand, scoring three gritty goals to get the game tied at 10.

Newcomer Gino DiFlorio got the comeback on its way, taking a feed from Paul Wright to make it 10-6.

Lee Tschantret, with a left-footed strike following a long run down the left side, made it 10-8 and then defender Dewan Bader got the equalizer off a feed from Tarik Walker with 4:33 left in the third quarter.

The score would stay that way through the fourth quarter and 12-plus minutes of extra time before Howes' finish. Moments before, DiFlorio had a shot go off the top crossbar and out with Wave keeper Victor Norueira already down.

"It was one of those games where someone had to lose and unfortunately it was us," said Tschantret. "Gino had a great shot, exactly what a forward wants. He had Victor falling and he went up top and it hit the underside of the crossbar. One bounce."

The Wave built a 5-0 lead on a three-point goal from Troy Dusosky midway through the first quarter.

Defender Lance Johnson won a ball deep and then worked a quick give-and-go with Walker, taking the return pass off the boards for the Blast's first two points. Then, Wright anticipated well, taking a ball away from a Wave defender and finishing in front to cut the lead to 5-4 with 33 seconds left in the first quarter.

NOTES: Blast midfielder Danny Kelly, an 11-year veteran, played in his 300th career game, including 121 played in five seasons in Baltimore. ... Midfielders Danny Santoro and J.J. Kremer were out of the lineup last night with foot injuries and forward Giuliano Celenza missed the game with an ailing shin.

Milwaukee 5 5 0 0 2 -- 12

Blast 4 0 6 0 0 -- 10

First quarter: 1. Milwaukee, Dugas, 2 pt., (Alebic), 6:40; 2. Milwaukee, Dusosky, 3 pt., 8:10; 3. Blast, Johnson, 2 pt., (Walker), 13:06. 4. Blast, Wright, 2 pt., (Tschantret), 14:27. Second quarter: 5. Milwaukee, Loftin, 2 pt., (Dusosky), 4:46; 6, Milwaukee, Reiniger, 3 pt., (King), 7:48. Penalty: Blast, too many men, 3:55. Third quarter: 7. Blast, DiFlorio, 2 pt., (Wright), 1:43; 8. Blast, Tschantret, 2 pt., (Bowers), 6:12; 9. Blast, Bader, 2 pt., (Walker), 10:27. Penalties: Milwaukee, Torres, tripping, 3:20; Blast, Cabral, tripping, 11:41; Blast, Johnson, dissent, 13:31. Fourth quarter: No scoring. Penalties: Blast, Hileman, intentional handball, 6:04; Milwaukee, Ackah, handball, 8:54. Blast, too many men, 4:33; Milwaukee, Dusosky, dissent, 5:21. Overtime: 10. Milwaukee, Howes, 2 pt., (Alebic), 12:53. Penalties: Blast, bench, (too many men), 4:33; Milwaukee, To. Dusosky (dissent), 5:21. Shots on goal: Milwaukee 12-12-8-8-0-5 -- 45; Blast 5-7-8-7-4-0 -- 31. Power-play opportunities: Milwaukee 1-for-4; Blast 0-for-2;. Goalkeepers: Milwaukee, Nogueira, 20 shots, 15 saves; Blast, Hileman, 25 shots, 20 saves; Moumban, 0 shots, 0 saves. A -- 5,273.

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