Blast handle Vipers, 12-4

Gonzaga's 3-point goal ensures undefeated season continues

December 18, 2010|By Kent Baker, Special to The Baltimore Sun

The Blast stayed undefeated by registering their largest margin of victory this season on Saturday night..

In a rather rough-and-tumble match, the home side broke away from Omaha in the third quarter for its second win over the Vipers, 12-4, before an announced 5,742 fans at 1st Mariner Arena.

A three-point score by Lucio Gonzaga was the catalyst, giving the Blast a 7-2 lead about 5 1/2 minutes into the second half. It was a fortunate occurence for the Blast as Gonzaga fired a 25-yard attempt from out front which Viper goalkeeper Jose Bontti never saw coming, the result of being screened by one of his defenders.

"That is a typical play from Brazil," said Gonzaga, who also scored the Blast's first goal. "You always look to kick the ball between the legs because they're expecting it to go to one side or the other. Every three-point goal makes a big difference when you're only up a couple points."

Added coach Danny Kelly: "We missed a couple opportunities here and there, so maybe that ball had eyes for us."

Slightly more than two minutes later, captain Robbie Aristodemo converted a pass off the board by Matt Watson to raise the advantage to seven points and Omaha could only score once more despite playing with a sixth attacker for most of the final six minutes.

Blast defenseman Pat Morris kicked a three-pointer into an unprotected Omaha goal in the waning seconds to produce the final margin.

In their first meeting at Omaha, the Blast prevailed, 15-10.

Johnny Torres accounted for both Viper goals as ex-Blast player Chili Farias was held scoreless by the home defense.

Kelly said his team was "a little bit out of synch" in the first half but improved immensely after the break.

"We played better defense, passed better and communicated better," he said. "In a 20-game season, every game is important, so we'll have to work on getting off to a better start."

The Blast will go on the road for two more games between Christmas and New Year's Day and doesn't return home until Jan. 8 against the league-leading Milwaukee Wave.

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