Blast tonight

Soccer

December 06, 2003|By Sandra McKee

Blast tonight

Matchup: Milwaukee Wave (7-1) vs. Blast (7-3)

Site: 1st Mariner Arena

Time: 7:35

Radio: WCBM (680 AM)

Outlook: This will be the first meeting between the teams since the Blast surprised the Wave in the MISL championship series last spring. This is Milwaukee's first trip here since 7,436 screaming fans gathered to urge the Blast to a 15-12 victory in Game 2 of that series. Now, the MISL champion Blast will try to continue its current run of consecutive victories that stands at five. But even if it does, it is doubtful this game will be the high-scoring affair of last April. The Wave, a grind-it-out team that leads the Central Division, has the second-leading goal-scorer in the league in Greg Howes (10 goals), but its biggest strength is its defense, the stingiest in the league. It has allowed just 27 goals with Nick Vorberg in net. It isn't so much Vorberg, however, as the defense in front of him. Vorberg has seen just 90 shots and had to make only 63 saves. The Blast, a more explosive offensive team, also has a strong defense. Goalie Scott Hileman is third in the league with a 4.18 goals-against average, (Vorberg is at 4.77). But Hileman has had to work harder, seeing 133 shots while making 100 saves. On the injury front, the Blast reports Allen Eller (flu) as questionable, while the Wave's Todd Dusosky (knee), Angel Rivillo (abdomen) and Pat White (ankle) are all questionable.

Baltimore Sun Articles
|
|
|
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.