Wave gets 7-5 win vs. Blast

Late three-goal spurt lifts Milwaukee in title rematch

Pro Soccer

October 19, 2003|By Charles F. Gardner | Charles F. Gardner,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Wave did not forget its humbling loss to the Blast in last season's Major Indoor Soccer League finals.

Playing its first game in its new home, the U.S. Cellular Arena, the Wave overtook the Blast to claim a 7-5 victory last night. Fourth-quarter goals by defenders Chris Morman and Carl Schmitt proved decisive before a raucous crowd of 6,069.

The Blast dominated the second quarter, scoring two goals to tie the score 4-4, and briefly took the lead on a brilliant third-period goal by midfielder Denison Cabral. But Milwaukee (2-0) connected for three consecutive goals to pull away.

The Blast (1-2) inserted defender Danny Kelly as a sixth attacker with 3 minutes, 22 seconds remaining after goalkeeper Scott Hileman was knocked woozy in a collision with Wave midfielder Matt Stewart.

Wave goalkeeper Nick Vorberg saved one close-in attempt by Cabral and knocked down a long blast by Kelly with less than a minute left to preserve the Wave victory.

The Blast finished with 35 shots, including 12 by Cabral, and limited the Wave to 13.

"We gave up a few goals at bad times in the third and fourth quarters," Hileman said. "I don't know if we capitalized on our opportunities.

"Defensively, myself included, I think we could have stepped up a little bit more tonight."

Morman's blast from the right wing deflected off the Blast's Chile Farias and trickled past Hileman to give Milwaukee a 6-5 lead early in the fourth quarter.

A few minutes later, Schmitt and Michael King played a perfect give-and-go, with Schmitt rolling the ball past Hileman to give the Wave a 7-5 lead.

"It was a good run, kind of a bad angle," Hileman said. "I've got to do better on that one. That's their game; they like to get it into their target guys and have people running off them. We have to stay with our runners, too."

The two teams were meeting for the first time since the Blast rallied to beat the Wave, 13-12, in Game 3 of the MISL championship series last season.

Last night's game started with an offensive flurry as the teams combined for five goals in the first two minutes. Chris Handsor and P.J. Wakefield scored for the Blast, answering goals by the Wave's Giuliano Oliviero and Morman. Wave defender Troy Dusosky scored on a left-footed shot, putting Milwaukee in front 3-2.

Dusosky added a goal, running off a touch from target forward Greg Howes and rolling a shot past Hileman.

The Blast cut its deficit to 4-3 on Lee Tschantret's goal early in the second quarter, off a feed from Cabral. Vorberg momentarily had the ball but could not hold it, and Tschantret converted from close range at the near post.

After Wave defender Matt Schmidt tripped Giuliano Celenza in the penalty area, David Bascome easily converted on a sizzling penalty kick to tie the score 4-4 at 13:16 of the second quarter.

The Blast pressed the attack in the period and outshot the Wave 10-1.

The Wave hurt itself with penalties in the third quarter, and the Blast quickly took advantage. Cabral ripped a full volley past Vorberg for a power-play goal at 2:45 of the period, after King was penalized for boarding.

Blast 2 2 1 0 - 5

Milwaukee 4 0 1 2 - 7

First quarter - 1. Milwaukee, Oliviero (King), :35. 2. Blast, Handsor (Tschantret), :52. 3. Milwaukee, Morman, 1:12. 4. Blast, Wakefield (Bader), 1:35. 5. Milwaukee, Troy Dusosky (Howes), 1:51. 6. Milwaukee, Troy Dusosky (Howes), 11:31. Penalties - Bench, Blast (too many men, served by Eller), 4:42. Second quarter - 7. Blast, Tschantret (Cabral), 3:41. 8. Blast, Bascome, penalty kick, 13:16. Penalties - Schmidt, Milwaukee (tripping), 13:16. Third quarter - 9. Blast, Cabral (Farias), ppg, 2:45. 10. Milwaukee, Rivillo (King), 10:32. Penalties - King, Milwaukee (boarding), 2:15; Ackah, Milwaukee (elbowing, red-card ejection), 3:08; Hammes, Milwaukee (tripping), 6:05; Eller, Baltimore (obstruction), 12:21. Fourth quarter - 11. Milwaukee, Morman (Schmidt), 2:30. 12. Milwaukee, Schmitt (King), 5:53. Penalties - Howes, Milwaukee (5-minute verbal dissent), 1:19. Shots - Blast 35, Milwaukee 13. Saves - Blast 5 (Hileman 5), Milwaukee 15 (Vorberg 15). Fouls - Blast 15, Milwaukee 13. Blocks - Blast 6, Milwaukee 17. A - 6,069.

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