Blast squanders six-point lead, loses semifinal opener to Monterrey, 22-14

March 28, 2010|By Baltimore Sun staff reports

MONTERREY, MEXICO — — The Blast squandered a six-point third-quarter lead and lost the opening game of the Major Indoor Soccer League semifinals, 22-14, to Monterrey La RaZa on Friday night.

The teams will play Monday night at 1st Mariner Arena. If La RaZa win, they would face the Wave in the MISL championship game April 4.

If the Blast wins, the teams would play a golden-goal mini-game Monday night for the right to advance.

The Blast took a 4-0 lead on goals by Machel Millwood and Billy Nelson and led 8-2 after one quarter, but momentum turned in the second quarter when Baltimore forward Carlos Garcia was ejected from the match for violent conduct.

With the Blast bench down a man, La RaZa narrowed Baltimore's lead to 8-6 at halftime. Blast rookie Max Ferdinand scored his first postseason goal to start the second half and the Blast extended its lead to 12-6, but Monterrey rallied and tied it at 12-all and 14-all.

Monterrey's Armando Teran scored with four seconds remaining in the third quarter to give La RaZa its first lead of the night and sealed the win with two 3-point goals against Baltimore's sixth attacker in the final quarter.

NOTES: Garcia has to sit out Game 2 because of his red card but would be eligible to play in a golden-goal mini-game. ... Millwood led the Blast with three goals. ... Blast forwards Rod Dyachenko and Adrian Bumbut did not travel to Monterrey but will be available Monday night.

Blast 8 0 6 0 - 14 Monterrey 2 4 10 6 - 22FIRST QUARTER: Scoring: 1. Blast, Millwood, 3:56; 2. Blast, Nelson, 7:20; 1. Monterrey, Y. Martinez, 11:44; 3. Blast, Millwood, 11:55; 4. Blast, Cabral (PPG), 14:35. Penalty: Monterrey, G. Martinez (2-minutes, pushing), 12:57.

SECOND QUARTER: Scoring: 2. Monterrey, Kante (G. Martinez), 5:24; 3. Monterrey, Alvarez, 7:39. Penalties: Blast, Garcia (red card, violent conduct), 5:17; Blast, Gonzaga (2-minutes, striking), 5:17; Monterrey, McNeley (2-minutes, striking), 5:17.

THIRD QUARTER: Scoring: 5. Blast, Ferdinand (Nelson), 3:57; 6. Blast, Gonzaga, 4:30; 4. Monterrey, Kante, 7:16; 5. Monterrey, G. Martinez (Farias), 10:40; 6. Monterrey, McNeley, 10:56; 7. Blast, Millwood, 11:07; 7. Monterrey, Farias (Bontti), 13:51; 8. Monterrey, Teran, 14:56. Penalties: None.

FOURTH QUARTER: Scoring: 9. Monterrey, Teran (3PG/VSA) (Bontti), 12:56; 10. Monterrey, Teran (3PG/VSA) (G. Martinez), 13:59. Penalty: Blast, Sagu (2-minutes, hand ball), 8:25.

STATISTICS: Power plays: Blast 1-for-1; Monterrey 0-for-2. Shots: Blast 20; Monterrey 29. Goalkeepers: Blast, Sagu/Aristodemo 19 saves, 29 shots faced; Monterrey, Bontti 13 saves, 20 shots faced. A: 3,875

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