Late 3-point goal drops Blast, 9-8

With 2:14 to play, Heat scores, putting Baltimore at bottom of Eastern

Soccer

October 27, 2002|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

Every loss hurts, but this one will linger a little longer with the Blast, sting a little bit more.

And with all of the team's recent finishing woes, it should take note of the one-touch cannon that came from Harrisburg's Horacio Robledo with 2:14 left in regulation. It came from behind the three-point line and quickly ended up in the top left corner to give the Heat a 9-8 win before a stunned crowd of 3,162 at First Mariner Arena.

Another outstanding effort came from keeper Scott Hileman, who turned back 21 shots in a game the visitors largely controlled with steady possession that kept the Blast chasing after the ball most of the night.

There was no time for Hileman to react to Robledo's shot, taken from the right side off a feed from Genoni Martinez. It came out of the goal as fast as it went in to give the Heat its first lead. Just like that, a solid workmanlike effort all went for naught.

"Once again, tonight would have been a great win for us, but it didn't happen so we have to regroup. We have no choice," said Blast coach Kevin Healey. "This is one game and we've got to be professionals about it, mature about it. To win games, you have to have positive thinking and we can't allow this one game to take that away from us."

The Blast sent defender Sean Bowers on as an extra attacker for the final 2:14, but couldn't muster any serious scoring chances as it lost for the third straight time, and second time in as many nights to fall to 2-4 for the season.

"I thought we played well defensively," said Hileman, who played in his 133rd game to become the franchise leader in games played for a goalkeeper. "Maybe you can say we would have liked to put them away earlier and obviously it puts a little more pressure on us, but I can't really say we should or shouldn't be scoring. We've just have to keep doing what we've been doing defensively and believe the rest will come."

The Heat, with only five players remaining from last year's roster and a new coach in Erich Geyer, improved to 2-2 to put the Blast in last place of the Major Indoor Soccer League's Eastern Conference.

It was another way to lose for the Blast, which fired 51 shots against Kansas City on Friday but lost, 17-12.

This time, the Blast took an 8-4 lead deep into the fourth quarter with Hileman playing well and strong defense played in front of him. Heat defender Chris Morman scored with 4:03 left to cut the lead to 8-6 and then came Robledo's final exclamation.

"The ball just came across the top and I saw him winding up and the next thing I know, the ball was right on top of me. I thought he hit a good shot," said Hileman.

The Blast was led by Paul Wright and Lee Tschantret, who both finished with a goal and an assist for three points.

NOTES: Third-year midfielder Giuliano Celenza, recovering from a stress fracture in his shin, made his season debut last night, seeing limited action. ... Rookie defender Andy Wells took a regular shift last night, working in tandem with Jason Dieter.

Harrisburg 2 0 2 5 - 9

Blast 4 2 2 0 - 8

First quarter: 1. Blast, Dieter, 2 pt., (Wright), 5:08; 2. Blast, Wright, 2 pt., (Tschantret), 8:00; 3. Harrisburg, Pereira, 2 pt., (Martinez), 14:58. Penalties: none. Second quarter: 4. Blast, DiFlorio, 2 pt., (Johnson), 5:58.Penalties: none. Third quarter: 5. Harrisburg, Pereira, 2 pt., (Martinez), 2:16; 6. Blast, Tschantret, 2 pt., (Walker), 7:54. Penalties: none. Fourth quarter: 7. Harrisburg, Morman, 2 pt, (Leone), 10:57; 8. Harrisburg, Robledo, 3 pt., (Martinez), 12:46. Penalties: Blast, Dieter, (tripping), 8:31. Shots on goal: Harrisburg 11-3-12-12 -38 ; Blast 5-5-7-5 - 22. Power-play opportunities: Harrisburg 0-for-1; Blast 0-for-0. Shootout opportunities: Harrisburg 0-for-0; Blast 0-for-0. Goalkeepers: Harrisburg, Petras, 17 shots, 13 saves; Blast, Hileman, 25 shots, 21 saves. A -- 3,162.

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