November 27, 2012
Week in Review
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. – The Baltimore Blast earned their spot as the final undefeated team in the MISL this season as Tino Nunez had a hat trick and Troy Hernandez made 22 saves in a 12-4 victory against the Missouri Comets in front of 4,578 fans at the Independence Events Center on Saturday night. The defeat was Missouri’s first of the season.
Baltimore opened the game on top, controlling the majority of possession, but it took until five minutes before the halftime break for the Blast to open the scoring as Machel Millwood fired home a turning shot from the right side. The Blast quickly added another pair of goals, though, with Adriano Dos Santos and Nunez scoring 24 seconds apart to earn a 6-0 halftime lead.
After being held scoreless in the opening 30 minutes, Missouri pulled a goal back through Vahid Assadpour early in the third quarter but its four-point deficit would be as close as it would come to the Blast, who extended their lead to 10-2 through Max Ferdinand and Nunez’s second by the end of the third quarter.
Nunez then capped his hat trick a little more than a minute into the fourth, and while Byron Alvarez scored from the penalty spot for the Comets, Hernandez’s 14 fourth-quarter saves sealed the victory for the Blast, who moved to 7-0 this season.
ROCHESTER LANCERS 16, CHICAGO SOUL 8: ROCHESTER, NY---The Rochester Lancers moved back to .500 as Brayton Knapp and Doug Miller each recorded five points to lead their side past the Chicago Soul at the Blue Cross Arena. Mauricio Salles also added three assists for the Lancers, while Ephraim Beard scored twice for the Soul.
Chicago took the initial lead, Alex Megson giving his side the lead after the first quarter, but Chicago rallied as Stephen Basso scored his first goal of the season to tie the game before Gary Boughton and Knapp each found the net to give the Lancers a 6-2 lead.
Beard’s first for Chicago pulled the Soul back within a goal, but Miller restored the four-point advantage 23 seconds into the third quarter before Jeremy Ortiz struck from 3-point range 45 seconds later to give his side an 11-4 edge. Beard headed home from Carlos Farias’ cross late in the fourth quarter, but the five-point gap was as close as the Soul would get as Knapp scored a second 3-pointer for the Lancers before Miller added his second of the game to make it 16-6. Will Kletzian scored a late consolation goal for the Soul, but they were unable to find the back of the net again in the final five minutes.
BALTIMORE BLAST 15, WICHITA WINGS 8: Max Ferdinand had a goal and three assists as the Baltimore Blast took victory against the Wichita Wings in front of a crowd of 4,100 at Hartman Arena. Machel Millwood also scored twice for the Blast, while Freddie Moojen had a pair of goals for the Wings.
Baltimore took an early lead, Pat Healey finishing off a move less than three minutes into the game, but the Wings were able to get back on even terms as Moojen converted a power-play opportunity midway through the first quarter. The Blast put together a strong second quarter, though, as Ferdinand and Millwood each assisted on the other’s goal before Adauto Neto made it 8-2 at the halftime break.
Wichita was able to get back in the game as Moojen scored his second in the final minute of the third quarter before Brian Perez struck 13 seconds into the fourth to make the score 8-6. Millwood hit back less than a minute later for the Blast, but Andrew Hoxie made it a two-point game again as he scored off the ensuing kickoff for the Wings.
That was the closest Wichita got, however, as Mike Lookingland scored from 3-point range to make it 13-8, and the Blast’s defense and goalkeeper William Vanzela were able to hold the Wings off the board for the remainder of the contest. Tony Donatelli capped the Blast’s win with 6:23 to play off Ferdinand’s third assist of the contest.
CHICAGO SOUL 14, SYRACUSE SILVER KNIGHTS 11:SYRACUSE, NY--- Matt Stewart and Carlos Muñoz each had hat tricks as the Chicago Soul snapped a four-game losing streak with victory against the Syracuse Silver Knights in front of 3,967 fans at the OnCenter.
After a scoreless opening quarter that saw Syracuse have the better of the play, Chicago took the lead through Stewart, and Muñoz added his first three minutes later to give the Soul a 4-0 lead. Syracuse hit back in the final five minutes of the half, Slavisa Ubiparipovic’s deflected strike from 3-point range finding the back of the net before Bozidar Jelovac gave his side a 5-4 lead a little more than a minute later.
The Soul took a lead to the break as Stewart scored his second of the game with 0.7 seconds to play in the half, but Syracuse regained control in the third quarter as goals by Neto and Kenardo Forbes, both assisted by Nelson Santana, gave the Silver Knights a 9-6 lead with 15 minutes to play.
Chicago saw the momentum swing back its way in the fourth quarter, though, as Stewart and Ephraim Beard each scored to give the Soul a 10-9 lead before Muñoz scored twice to extend the lead to 14-9. Syracuse made it a one-goal game with just more than a minute to play, Neto scoring his second of the game, but the Silver Knights were unable to find a 3-pointer to send the game to overtime.
Player of the Week
Baltimore Blast midfielder Max Ferdinand had been named the MISL’s Player of the Week for the fourth week of the 2012-13 season. Ferdinand scored nine points in two matches as the Blast earned victories on the road against the Wichita Wings and Missouri Comets to remain undefeated this season.
Ferdinand opened the Blast’s trip to the Midwest with a goal and three assists in a 15-8 victory against the Wings this past Friday night. After giving the Blast a 4-2 lead early in the second quarter, Ferdinand then assisted on both of Machel Millwood’s goals before setting up Tony Donatelli for the Blast’s final tally of the night
The following night, Ferdinand was as impressive as the Blast handed the Comets their first loss of the season. Ferdinand assisted on two of Tino Nunez’s three goals, and added a second goal of the weekend himself, as the Blast took an impressive 12-4 victory to move to 7-0 this season. Ferdinand now has 23 points this season, trailing Millwood by a point for the league lead
Joining Ferdinand on the MISL Team of the Week is his Blast teammate Troy Hernandez, who made 22 saves in Baltimore’s victory against the Comets. Hernandez was particularly spectacular in the fourth quarter as the Blast maintained their lead, making 14 saves as the Comets tried to rally.
Rochester’s Doug Miller and Brayton Knapp were also named after their five-point performances in the Lancers’ 16-8 win against Chicago Wednesday night. Miller is averaging more than four points per game this season, leading the Lancers with 17 points.
The Chicago Soul’s Matt Stewart and Carlos Muñoz round out the team after both players recorded hat tricks in their side’s 14-11 win against the Syracuse Silver Knights. Muñoz now leads the team with 20 points this season.
The 2012-13 MISL season continues on Friday night as the Missouri Comets visit the Syracuse Silver Knights at 7 p.m. ET at the OnCenter. The Comets then continue on to Rochester on Saturday night, with a clash against the Lancers set for 7 p.m. at the Blue Cross Arena. Also on Saturday, the Chicago Soul complete their seven-game road trip with a visit to the Milwaukee Wave at 6 p.m. CT at U.S. Cellular Arena.
The weekend’s action concludes on Sunday afternoon as the I-90 Rivalry resumes with the Rochester Lancers visiting the Syracuse Silver Knights at 4 p.m. ET at the OnCenter.
MISL Team of the Week
Pos. Player Team Highlights
GK Troy Hernandez Baltimore Recorded 22 saves as the Blast defeated the Comets
D Brayton Knapp Rochester Five-point game helped the Lancers defeat Chicago
M Matt Stewart Chicago Had a hat trick as the Soul edged out Syracuse
M Max Ferdinand Baltimore Nine points in two games keyed Blast’s two wins
M Carlos Muñoz Chicago Moved to 20 points this season with hat trick in Syracuse
F Doug Miller Rochester Had a five-point night to help Lancers past Soul
Wednesday, November 21
Rochester 16, Chicago 8
Friday, November 23
Baltimore 15, Wichita 8
Saturday, November 24
Chicago 14, Syracuse 11
Baltimore 12, Missouri 4
Friday, November 30
Missouri at Syracuse, 7:30 p.m. ET
Saturday, December 1
Chicago at Milwaukee, 6 p.m. CT
Missouri at Rochester, 7 p.m. ET
Sunday, December 2
Rochester at Syracuse, 4 p.m. ET