This time, Blast solves Storm, earning 6-3 win

Pro Soccer


The Blast has had problems with Chicago ever since the Storm entered the Major Indoor Soccer League a year ago, and last night was no different at 1st Mariner Arena.

But this time, before a crowd of 8,028 that got to see a physical contest, the Blast scored the game's last three goals and held the Storm scoreless for the final 25:28 en route to a 6-3 victory.

Defender P.J. Wakefield made his first points of the season count. He scored a goal and had three assists as the Blast avenged last week's 4-3 defeat in Chicago.

The Blast (3-1), which is unbeaten at home this season and faces first-place, undefeated Milwaukee here Saturday, beat the Storm for only the second time in seven tries dating to last season. The home team overcame a 12-save effort by Storm goalie Danny Waltman.

The Blast never trailed and was tied with Chicago (2-3) three times. But after forward Joel Bailey scored off an assist from Wakefield with 3:19 left in the third quarter for a 4-3 lead, the Blast never looked back. Two minutes later, forward Carlos Garcia, with an assist from Wakefield, made it 5-3. Forward Lee Tschantret finished the scoring with 11:24 left.

The Blast endured an uneven first half during which its offense could not find much of a flow and its defense suffered two breakdowns that made coach Tim Wittman furious.

Still, the Blast took a 3-2 halftime lead after Denison Cabral sliced a 15-yard shot into the upper right corner and past a diving Waltman with 23 seconds left in the second quarter.

Midfielder Robbie Aristodemo gave the Blast a 1-0 lead barely two minutes into the game on a power-play goal from in close, with an assist by forward Adauto Neto.

In the second quarter, the Storm doubled the ball effectively and did an excellent job of putting the clamps on Neto, held scoreless for the first time in 11 games.

Midfielder Gus Kartes tied the game at 1 with 13:12 left in the half after Blast goalie Sagu tried to smother midfielder Matt Stewart on the boards, only to see Stewart slip a pass up top to a wide-open Kartes.

The Blast quickly answered with a breakaway goal. Neto assisted Wakefield, who beat Waltman from about 10 yards with 11:48 left.

Chicago 0 2 1 0 - 3

Blast 1 2 2 1 - 6

First quarter: 1, Blast, Aristodemo (Neto) (PPG) 2:04. Penalties: Bench, Chi (too many men), 0:57. Novi, Chi (tripping), 10:29. Second quarter: 2, Chi, Kartes (Stewart) 1:48. 3, Blast, Wakefield (Neto) 3:12. 4, Chi, Alvarez (Valle) 4:18. 5, Blast, Cabral (Wakefield) 14:37. Penalties: None. Third quarter: 6, Chi, Alavanja 4:32. 7, Blast, Bailey (Wakefield) 11:41. 8, Blast, Garcia (Wakefield) 14:40. Penalties: None. Fourth quarter: 9, Blast, Tschantret 3:36. Penalties: Ughy, Chi (striking), 8:40. Cabral, Blast (kicking), 11:18. Shots on goal: Chicago 4-4-3-6 17; Blast 7-6-4-8 25. Power-play conversions: Chicago 0 of 1, Blast 1 of 3. A: 8,028.

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