Blast bounce back, top Silver Knights in rematch

January 24, 2014 | WNST Staff

BALTIMORE WINS IN REMATCH AGAINST SYRACUSE

After Syracuse broke Baltimore’s 7-game winning streak last Sunday, the Blast came out on top tonight with a victory. The Blast defeated the Silver Knights 10-5 and improved their record to 9-3 on the season.

The game opened with a skillful display of possession and control by both teams. Baltimore’s captain, Mike Lookingland, found the first and only points of the quarter at the 6:45 minute marker, off an assist by Lucas Roque. The quarter ended with the Blast ahead of the Silver Knights 2-0.

Syracuse had come out in the second quarter with guns blazing, applying more pressure on the Blast and speeding up the play of the game. At 4:49 into the quarter, Machal Millwood tied the game after a loose ball in front of the cage. The Blast turned the momentum around at 9:23 into the quarter, as Lucio Gonzaga netted a ball assisted by Adauto Neto, lifting them ahead 4-2. With 18 seconds left in play, Syracuse demonstrated why they are number one in MISL in power plays, as Kenardo Forbes ripped a three point shot to find the back of the net with Deroux out on penalty for Baltimore. However, the Blast’s Tony Donatelli returned the favor with one second left in the half, scoring a dramatic goal assisted by Mike Lookingland and recovering their lead, which stood 6-5 at the end of the second quarter.

Both teams headed into the second half with noticeable energy. Adauto Neto of the Baltimore Blast scored the first and only points of the third quarter from a corner kick by Patrick Healey2:43 in. Both Syracuse’s and Baltimore’s defenses played the rest of the quarter without any penetrating shots from the opposing team, keeping the score at 8-5, Baltimore ahead

Baltimore successfully contained the Syracuse Silver Knights in the final quarter by maintaining their defense and keeping possession; the Blast found another goal at 10:26 in by Adriano Dos Santos, fed off a pass by Patrick Healey, marking his second assist of the game. At the ending blow of the whistle, the Blast chalked up another win with a final score of 10-5.

The Blast displayed another skillful match of soccer against Syracuse and demonstrated their ability to adapt against a challenging team. J.T. Noone led the defense with 3 blocks against the Silver Knights, as William Vanzela played another excellent game in net with 11 shots saved. Offensively, Lookingland, Gonzaga, Donatelli, Neto and Dos Santos each put two points on the board.

Tomorrow night at the Baltimore Arena, the Blast take on the Rochester Lancers for the third time this season. The Blast are 2-0 against the team. Rochester is led offensively by Gary Boughton with 29 points and Doug Miller who is the reigning MISL Most Valuable Player. The Lancers are coached by Josh Rife.

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