Steamers quick to sink Blast, 7-2

St. Louis drops visitors to 3-3 for season

Pro Soccer

December 17, 2005|By CRAIG MARTIN | CRAIG MARTIN,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

ST. LOUIS -- For the Blast last night, it was too little, too late.

Despite a strong second half last night, it fell, 7-2, to St. Louis as the Steamers pushed their quick early pace and worked their way behind the defense.

The Blast (3-3) set the tone in the third period and outshot the Steamers, 7-4. It also held the Steamers (4-2) without a shot during the only Blast penalty of the game.

"The second half, we played well," Blast coach Tim Wittman said. "We kept possession a majority of the time.

"You only have a half to catch up. If we would have played the whole game like we did the second half, we would have been fine."

The Steamers took a 4-1 lead into halftime as the Blast could find no answer to St. Louis' speed.

Joel Bailey did trim the deficit to 4-2 with his fourth-quarter goal. Bailey cut across the face of the goal and redirected a shot by Wendell Regis at the 3:13 mark of the final period.

But St. Louis then tacked on three late goals against the sixth attacker.

The Steamers' Shaun David took a Chile Farias restart off the left board and headed the ball into the far corner for a 4-0 lead at the 8:15 mark of the second period.

"In the first game, they dominated us," said David of the Blast's 12-5 win over the Steamers in the season opener. "We wanted to come out and prove we're one of the best teams in the league."

The Blast finally answered with 49 seconds left in the first half. On the second straight corner kick, Denison Cabral sent a shot past two Steamers defenders and through the legs of goalie Brett Phillips. Robbie Aristodemo earned the assist for the short tap to Cabral.

Cabral improved his career point total to 718, leaving him one shy of 29th place on the all-time MISL list.

The Steamers scored two second-quarter goals in under a minute to take a 3-0 lead. Farias tapped a shot past Sagu on a cross from David, who had beaten Danny Kelly up the right boards.

Less than a minute earlier, Joe Reiniger had given St. Louis a 2-0 lead when he sneaked behind the defense and chipped a shot over a sprawling Sagu.

The Blast could not gain any momentum early and managed just four shots in the first period. Phillips turned away two shots, including a point-blank attempt by Adauto Neto that would have tied the score.

"We would have the outlet, and it was our decision with the ball," said Wittman of his team's struggles in the first half. "We knew we had to have better decision on the ball, and that was the difference [in the second half]."

Blast 0 1 0 1 - 2

St, Louis 1 3 0 3 - 7

First quarter: 1. St. Louis, Wescott (DiMaria), 8:21. Second quarter: 2. St. Louis, Reiniger (Bollella), 2:45; 3. St. Louis, Farias (David), 3:42; 4. David (Farias), 8:15; 5. Blast, Cabral (Aristodemo), 14:10. Fourth quarter: 6. Blast, Bailey (Regis), 3:13; 7. St. Louis, Beasley (Phillips), 12:15; 8. St. Louis, Wescott (Farias), 13:21; 9. St. Louis, Soderman, 14:17.

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