`Golden goal' puts Blast into finals

Millwood's score in 2nd OT ousts Wave

Pro soccer


MILWAUKEE -- The Blast was outscored at U.S. Cellular Arena last night, but it got the goal that mattered most in the end.

Machel Millwood scored a "golden goal" at 1:54 of the second sudden-death overtime period to give the Blast a 1-0 victory over the Milwaukee Wave and a chance to win their third Major Indoor Soccer League title in four seasons.

The overtime periods last night were played immediately after the Blast had lost Game 2 of the series, 10-8, despite a five-goal fourth-quarter rally.

The Blast will face the St. Louis Steamers in the two-game MISL finals starting Friday at 7:35 p.m. at 1st Mariner Arena. Game 2 will be Sunday in St. Louis at 1:05 p.m. (ESPN2).

Jonathan Steele set up Millwood's series-winner, playing the ball off the sideboard.

"They lost the ball and I went toward the middle," Millwood said. "Jonathan played a great ball off the boards and my intention was just to shoot."

Millwood's goal came just 13 seconds after Milwaukee's Michael King launched a potential game-winner that hit the far post.

Trailing 9-3 heading into the final quarter of Game 2, the Blast could have just played along with the Wave's possession game and waited for the series-deciding overtime session.

But player/interim coach Danny Kelly had other ideas.

"We got outplayed for three quarters of that game," Kelly said. "We wanted to give ourselves a chance in an overtime period."

Instead of just giving themselves a chance, Kelly's players nearly won the series outright in the fourth quarter.

The Blast scored five goals in the quarter but they weren't enough, and that left the semifinal series tied at one game apiece (the Blast won Game 1 on Saturday night, 10-4).

Adauto Neto (four goals, one assist) scored twice to give the Blast an early 2-0 lead, but the Wave stormed to life with four unanswered goals before Neto scored his third goal, from the left side of the arc at 7:38 of the second period.

That would be the Blast's last score for nearly 25 minutes. Milwaukee added five goals during that stretch, taking a six-goal lead into the final period.

Neither team scored during the first 15-minute sudden-death period, as goalies Sagu of the Blast and Nick Vorberg of the Wave faced a number of point-blank shots.

Sagu stopped Matt Schmidt three times from point-blank range and finished with eight saves in golden-goal play. He had 13 stops in the regulation game.

Game 2 summary

Blast 2 1 0 5 - 8

Milwaukee 3 3 3 1 - 10

First quarter: 1. Blast, Neto (Aristodemo), 3:54; 2. Blast, Neto (Sagu), 7:08; 3. Milwaukee, Hammes (King), 9:00; 4. Milwaukee, Rivillo (Howes), 9:47; 5. Milwaukee, Howes (To.Dusosky), 12:08. Penalties: None.

Second quarter: 6. Milwaukee, Howes (Greenfield), 6:12; 7. Blast, Neto (Garcia), 7:38; 8. Milwaukee, Howes, 7:59 (RSG); 9. Milwaukee, King (Howes), 13:59. Penalties: None.

Third quarter: 10. Milwaukee, Oliviero (Dombrowski), 1:38; 11. Milwaukee, To.Dusosky (Selaidopoulos) 8:45; 12. To.Dusosky (Tr.Dusosky), 14:54. Penalties: Blast, Celenzea (tripping), 11:58.

Fourth quarter: 13. Blast, Millwood, 2:18; 14. Milwaukee, To.Dusosky (Howes), 2:31; 15. Blast, Kelly (Aristodemo), 7:45; 16. Blast, Bailey (Nelson), 9:29; 17. Blast, Neto (Tschantret), 12:59; 18, Aristodemo (Neto), 13:34. Penalties: Blast, Neto (boarding), 14:17.

Shots on goal: Blast 18, Milwaukee 23. Saves: Blast, Sagu 13; Milwaukee, Vorberg 10. A: N/A.

Overtime summary

Blast 0 1 - 1

Milwaukee 0 0 - 0

First period: No scoring. Penalties: None.

Second period: 1, Blast, Millwood (Steele), 1:54. Penalties: None.

Shots on goal: Blast 4, Milwaukee 8. Saves: Blast, Sagu 8; Milwaukee, Vorberg 3.

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