Blast breezes through Twisters to stay undefeated

January 04, 2009|By Dan Hickling Special to The Baltimore Sun

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - The Blast continued its waltz through the fledgling National Indoor Soccer League last night as it trounced the Massachusetts Twisters, 26-4, before a crowd of a few hundred at the Eastern States Coliseum.

Nine players scored for the Blast, which remained undefeated at 5-0.

The Twisters, who were last-minute entrants into the league, fell to 1-5, a mark that includes a 27-2 rout in their only other meeting with the Blast.

"We don't come expecting an easy game," Blast coach Danny Kelly said.

"I have a lot of respect for the Massachusetts guys. They play hard. They're just lacking experience right now. They're better than the first time we played them."

Even so, the Blast were scarcely challenged, as they jumped out to a 10-4 first-quarter lead, then expanded it to 20-4 by halftime.

"We came here to come up with a win," Blast veteran Denison Cabral said.

"Every game is important in this league. If a team wants to win championships, they have to win games on the road."

P.J. Wakefield got the scoring started with a three-point goal just 12 seconds into the game.

Wakefield was standing outside the arc when he took Robbie Aristodemo's restart feed and blasted it under the crossbar.

Aristodemo made it 5-0 five minutes later with a right-footed shot inside the post.

John Krause answered for the Twisters when he followed up his short miss and pushed the ball past Blast goalie Sagu, making it 7-2 with 9:39 elapsed.

Krause scored again with two seconds left in the period for the Twisters' final points of the first half.

Sagu made his most critical save with 5:58 gone in the second quarter, pulling down a header by Neil Krause that would have cut the margin to four points.

Instead, the Blast blew open the contest with a pair of goals, 61 seconds apart, by Mike Lookingland.

It was all downhill after that.

"No disrespect to the Massachusetts team," Cabral said.

"We just did what we had to do. We played a good game. Now we'll go back home and get ready for the next game."

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