The Baltimore Blast, 12-3 and in first place by ½ play host to the Milwaukee Wave, 12-4 tonight in front of a large crowd at First Mariner Arena. The Wave is chasing the Blast for first place and there aren’t many games left to catch up. A win tonight by the Blast and that would give them a 1 ½ game lead with only 4 games left. A lose by the Blast and they would fall ½ game out of first place. This is a big game and the atmosphere in First Mariner is really exciting as you can tell with the announced attendance of 7,027.
The game starts off pretty fast paced, but limited scoring opportunities for both teams. Both goalies are playing pretty well, but they aren’t really being tested. The best scoring opportunity for the Blast came in the 13th minute when Pat Morris got a good shot off several feet in front of the goal, with it was right at the Wave goalie. The quarter ended at 0-0 and the whole thing felt like both teams were just feeling each other out, looking for some weakness. The Blast did out shoot the Wave 11-3.
At 1:47 in the second quarter, the scoring finally started. Blast forward Michel Millwood scored his 300th point of his career on a 3 point shot to put the Blast ahead 3-0. Then some amazing soccer took place, all within seconds. At 6:36 in the second, Blast forward Lucio Gonzaga scores a long goal and the Blast go ahead 6-0. Then, at 7:09 Blast forward Michel Millwood took a rebound shot and put it in the back of the net. Blast went up 8-0 just like that. The Wave answered a couple of minutes later with their first score to make the score 8-2. And that’s how the half ended, with the Blast ahead 8-2.
The 3rd quarter starts like the first, lots of action but no scoring. At the 6:39 minute, Blast forward Warren Ukah got a 2 minute penalty for tripping. Then the fun started back up. At 7 minutes, the Wave scored to get the score to 8-4. 9 seconds later, Blast midfielder Robbie Aristodemo scored to get the lead up to 10-4. Minutes after, the Wave commit a tripping penalty, and the Blast take advantage. Pat Healey had a great 3 point shot and put the Blast ahead 13-4. Again, a minute later the Blast score and extend the lead to 15-4. They are taking over the game with some very aggressive play and finishing on their scoring opportunities. The third quarter ends with the Blast ahead 15-4.
The Wave start the 4th quarter by pulling their goalee. On and off during play, the Wave are rotating their goalee in and out. The hurts them as the Blast catch the Wave without anyone in goal and Blast forward Robbie Aristodema scores a 3 point goal to put the Blast 18-4. The Wave respond by getting a player thrown out of the game for dissent. Nice!! Blast forward Aduato Neto responds by getting his first goal of the night at the 6:25 minute of the fourth. 20-4 and this thing is a blow-out!!! Wave score a goal with 4 minutes to go to make the game 20-6, but this game is over. They are just playing out to see what the final score will be. Overall, for the Wave to be 12-4 and ½ behind the Blast at the start of the night, this was an ugly performance. As for the Blast, this game sends a message to the rest of the league. That is that the Blast are the best team in the league, bar none. With about 1 minute to go, the Wave scored a nice 3 point goal to get the score to 20-9 Blast. But that was it. Blast win 20-9 and take the 1 ½ game lead in the MISL with 4 games to play.