Howes-led Wave edges Blast in OT

Wave 6 Blast 5

Pro Soccer


MILWAUKEE -- Wave officials picked a good day to give away David Howes bobblehead dolls.

Delighted recipients of the 3,000 Howes dolls saw the Wave forward collect four goals and an assist yesterday as Milwaukee claimed a 6-5 victory over the Blast in sudden-death overtime.

Wave midfielder Angel Rivillo provided the finishing touch with a goal 2:14 into overtime at U.S. Cellular Arena.

Milwaukee (15-8) moved into second place in the Major Indoor Soccer League standings, trading places with the Blast (15-9), which slipped to third.

FOR THE RECORD - An article in the Sports section yesterday about the Baltimore Blast-Milwaukee Wave soccer game misstated the first name of the Wave's Greg Howes. Also, in the same article, the two-game, first-round playoff tiebreaker for the Major Indoor Soccer League was incorrectly reported. In the event that a series is tied 1-1, the series is decided by an overtime period to be played immediately after the second game, not by aggregate goals. The team with the best regular-season record has the choice of which of the two games would be played at home.
The Sun regrets the errors.

"I saw some things we did well tonight, but Howes was unbelievable," said Blast coach Tim Wittman. "He's the best player in the league, that's all there is to it."

Both teams entered the game assured of playoff berths thanks to St. Louis' 5-2 victory over Philadelphia the night before.

Howes now leads MISL scorers with 57 points.

The Blast had forced a 5-5 tie when midfielder Robbie Aristodemo collected his second goal of the game with a minute to play.

"We're not used to being in this situation, having lost three games in a row and in third place," said Wave coach Keith Tozer. "All the other players rose to another level today and they had to."

The Blast was without forward Giuliano Celenza, who missed the game because of an unspecified illness. Celenza did not practice all week. Bascome was also ill, but played.

If the current standings hold, the Blast and Wave would meet in a two-game, home-and-home playoff series in April. The series winner, determined by aggregate goals, would advance to the best-of-three title series.

Blast 1 1 2 1 0 -- 5

Milwaukee 0 2 2 1 1 -- 6

First quarter: 1. Blast, Bascome (Kelly), 9:35. Penalties: Mil., Dusosky (boarding), 9:41.

Second quarter: 2. Blast, Milwood, 12:17; 3. Mil., Howes (Dusosky), 13:23; 4. Mil., Howes (Dusosky), 13:53. Penalties: Mil., Dusosky (dissent), 2:14.

Third quarter: 5. Mil., Howes, 1:01; 6. Sebrango (Selaidopoulos), 9:02; 7. Blast, Aristodemo (Steele), 9:53; 8. Millwood (Steele), 10:03. Penalties: Blast, Tschantret (dissent), 9:41.

Fourth quarter: 9. Mil., Howes, 3:24; 10. Blast, Aristodemo (Neto), 14:00. Penalties: none.

Overtime: Mil., Rivillo, 2:14. Penalties: none.

Shots on goal: Blast 22; Mil. 22. Penalty kick conversions: Blast 0-0, Mil, 0-0. Shootout conversions: Blast 0-0; Mil., 0-0. Power play conversions: Blast 1-1; Mil., 0-0; Saves: Blast, Sagu, 12; Mil., Vorberg, 9.

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