Wave's 5-goal 2nd quarter crashes over Blast, 7-2

Pro Soccer

February 14, 2005|By Andrew J. Wagner | Andrew J. Wagner,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

MILWAUKEE - A mental letdown by the Blast led to three Milwaukee goals within less than three minutes in the second quarter yesterday and a 7-2 victory for the Wave.

"We blew up," Blast coach Tim Wittman said.

For the first 20 minutes of the game, it looked as though the match would be decided by defense, as the Blast's Brian Rowland and Wave's Nick Vorberg were perfect in goal, stopping a combined 16 first-quarter shots.

With the Wave on the power play, Chris Morman finally broke the tie with a shot from the right corner just out of Rowland's reach at 5:05 of the second quarter. Less than two minutes later, the Blast found itself down two when Michael King set up a streaking Johnny Torres.

Torres picked up the ball after getting tangled with Rowland, who watched from the ground as the ball sailed in.

Rowland barely had time to catch his breath when Hewerton Moreira put Milwaukee (12-10) up 3-0 just 46 seconds later at 7:45.

Things only got worse for the Blast.

Morman scored again at 11:12, and Torres followed at 12:47.

On the reset, Lee Tschantret was called for a dissent penalty, one of four on the day. The lack of discipline drew Wittman's ire.

"We're short-handed as it is with injuries," the coach said. "But to have players in the box and two-minute power plays against us ... it's just stupidity."

Down 5-0 at the half, the Blast finally got on the scoreboard in the third period.

Moments after the team was called for an illegal substitution, Tschantret beat Vorberg to the right to end the shutout. David Bascome added the final Blast score at 5:57 of the fourth quarter.

Vorberg notched 11 saves compared with 12 for Rowland.

"We blew chance after chance after chance that we were getting," Wittman said. "You can't waste opportunities like we had in the first quarter today."

The loss dropped the Blast into fifth place (four qualify for the playoffs) at 11-13 and Wittman let it be known that changes are looming on the horizon.

"These are mental weaknesses right now. And mental weaknesses become physical weaknesses," he said. "I'm going to change some things here. Guys have to have some guts."

Next up for the Blast is a Friday night match with the Kansas City Comets at 1st Mariner Arena.

Blast 0 0 1 1 - 2

Milwaukee 0 5 0 2 - 7

Second quarter - 1. Milwaukee, Morman 1 pt. (Olivero), 5:05; 2. Milwaukee, Torres 1 pt. (King), 6:59; 3. Hewerton 1 pt. (Ricardinho), 7:45; 4. Milwaukee, Morman 1 pt. (Ricardinho), 11:12; 5. Milwaukee, Torres 1 pt. (Morman), 12:47. Penalties: 1. Blast, Farias (charging from behind), 4:41; 2. Blast, Hare (charging from behind), 10:01; 3. Blast, Tschantret (dissent), 13:06; 4. Milwaukee, Hewerton (kicking), 14:51. Third quarter - 6. Blast, Tschantret 1 pt. (Gilbert), 7:58. Penalty: 5. Blast, Bench (illegal sub), 7:56. Fourth quarter - 7. Milwaukee, Oliviero 1 pt. (Hammes), 1:21; 8. Blast, Bascome 1 pt., 5:57; 9. Milwaukee, White 1 pt. (Schmidt), 14:40. Shots on goal: Blast 5-3-5-8-21; Milwaukee 6-11-7-2-26. Power-play opportunity: Blast 0-for-1; Milwaukee 2-for-3. Saves: Blast, Rowland 4-4-4-0-12; Kelly 0-0-0-0-0. Milwaukee, Vorberg 5-3-3-0-11. A: 4,278.

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