Sidekicks end Blast's winning streak at 7

David scores game-winner as Dallas wins in OT, 7-6

Soccer

January 25, 2004|By Rick Mauch | Rick Mauch,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

DALLAS - The Blast and Dallas Sidekicks are through with regular-season games against each other, but if they meet in the Major Indoor Soccer League playoffs, fans should be able to count on the game being close, and likely going to overtime.

That trend continued last night at Reunion Arena as the Sidekicks defeated the Blast, 7-6, in overtime to even the season series at 2-2.

The loss ended a seven-game winning streak for the Blast (16-6), which leads the Eastern Division by three games over Philadelphia (11-7), a 7-6 loser to Monterrey last night.

Shaun David scored the game-winning goal at 6:40 of the extra period, his second goal of the night to go with an assist. Ricardinho assisted, giving him two goals and two assists for the game.

Dallas (12-9) ended a two-game losing streak and improved its lead over idle San Diego (10-10) to 1 1/2 games in the Western Division.

All four games between the Blast and Sidekicks have been decided by one goal, with each team winning a pair of home games and the Sidekicks winning both in overtime by identical scores.

The Blast was on its longest winning streak since the 2000-01 squad began the season 7-0. The loss also ended the Blast's attempt to set a franchise record for consecutive road victories, settling for a club-record-tying four straight.

"We had [five] free-kick goals, but we have to have more than that," Blast coach Tim Wittman said. "Dallas is a good team and we know that they're always going to play us hard whether it's here or at our home."

Carlos Farias became the fourth Blast player to record a hat trick this season, finishing with three goals and two assists.

P.J. Wakefield also had a goal, giving him five points (four goals, one assist) against Dallas this season.

In typical Blast-Sidekicks fashion, the game was tight throughout. The teams entered the final period tied 6-6 after Farias' third goal at 7:40 of the third before each team's defense raised its level of play.

The Sidekicks took a 5-4 lead at the half on the strength of a pair of goals from Ricardinho, the latter giving them their second two-goal lead of the night at 5-3 midway through the second period. Farias had two goals and two assists by halftime, his second assist coming on Giuliano Celenza's goal at 12:03 of the second period to close the deficit to one.

The Blast never led in the first half but it did tie the score early in the second quarter. Farias' second goal found the net 44 seconds in, the second time in as many periods there was a quick score, as David gave Dallas a 1-0 lead 31 seconds into the game.

Blast 2 2 2 0 0 - 6

Dallas 3 2 1 0 1 - 7

First quarter-1. Dallas, David (Nash), :31; 2. Blast, Farias (Kelly), 3:26; 3. Dallas, Ricardinho (Filo), 6:50; 4. Dallas, Alebic (Nash), 11:56; 5. Blast, Bascome (Farias), 12:32. Second quarter-6. Blast, Farias (unassisted), :44; 7. Dallas, Doyle (Ricardinho), 5:30; 8. Dallas, Ricardinho (David), 7:37; 9. Blast, Celenza (Farias), 12:03. Third quarter-10. Blast, Wakefield (Bader), 2:01; 11. Dallas, Dugas (Rowland), 2:12; 12. Blast, Farias (unassisted), 7:40. Fourth quarter-No scoring. Penalty-Kelly, Blast (tripping), 5:34. Overtime-13. Dallas, David (Ricardinho), 6:40. Shots-Blast: 5-5-5-3-5-23; Dallas: 8-8-7-5-1-29. Goalkeepers-Blast, Hileman 15-5 (15 saves); Dallas, Sagu 12-7 (11 saves). A-7,121.

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