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Blast GK Vanzela honored by MISL

Posted on 28 January 2014 by WNST Staff

William Vanzela Named MISL Player of the Week

Adauto Neto Honored with Team of the Week Selection

 

Baltimore: The Major Indoor Soccer League announced on Tuesday that Baltimore Blast goalkeeper William Vanzela has been named the MISL Player of the Week for the 11th week of the 2013-14 regular season. Vanzela claimed his second Player of the Week selection of the season after he allowed only three goals as the Blast took a pair of victories during the weekend.

Vanzela has had an outstanding second season in the MISL and leads the league with a 4.84 goals-against average and .844 save percentage. He added to those totals this past weekend as he made 11 saves in the Blast’s 10-5 win against the Syracuse Silver Knights on Friday, and 12 saves in a 17-2 win against the Rochester Lancers on Saturday.

Joining Vanzela on the Team of the Week was his Blast teammate Adauto Neto, who had eight points in Baltimore’s two victories.

 

MISL Team of the Week

Pos. Player Team Highlights
GK William Vanzela Baltimore Allowed only three goals as Blast won twice
D Brian Harris Missouri Recorded as hat trick as Comets swept past Ambush
D Darren Toby Syracuse Had a pair of goals as Silver Knights downed Roar
F Marcio Leite Milwaukee Fourth-quarter hat trick pushed Wave past St. Louis
F Adauto Neto Baltimore Had eight points as Blast took pair of victories
F Maurcio Salles Rochester Four-goal game led Lancers past Pennsylvania

 

Honorable Mention – Baltimore: Tony Donatelli, Adriano Dos Santos; Milwaukee: Ian Bennett, Victor Quiroz; Missouri:Stefan St. Louis, Leo Gibson; Pennsylvania: Max Touloute, Jordan Thomas; Rochester: Elliot Fauske, Joey Tavernese;Syracuse: Nelson Santana, Kenardo Forbes.

Vanzela, Neto, and the rest of the Blast will be back in action this Friday when they take on the Syracuse Silver Knights at 7:30 p.m.

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Blast post blowout win to claim weekend sweep

Posted on 26 January 2014 by WNST Staff

BLAST GOES UNDEFEATED THIS WEEKEND

The Blast took on the Rochester Lancers on Saturday night after a 10-5 win against Syracuse the night before. The Blast defeated the Lancers 17-2 Baltimore ended their double-header weekend undefeated and improved to a 10-3 record.

 

The beginning of the first quarter started off slow until the final 5 minutes of play. Lucas Roque got the Blast on the board first at 10:07 into the quarter off an assist by Pat Healey. A minute later the Blast got their second goal of the night when Marco Mangione assisted Adriano Dos Santos. At the end of the first quarter the Blast led the Lancers 4-0.

 

In the second quarter, the Blast kept the ball in the offensive end and scored the third goal of the night with 5:44 left on the clock. Pat Healey picked up the momentum when he assisted Mangione on his first goal of the night.  That was Healey’s fourth assist of the weekend and second of the night. At the end of the first half, the Blast was ahead of the Lancers 6-0.

 

Tony Donatelli scored his 11th goal of the season 4 minutes into the second half off an assist from Stephen DeRoux. Less than 30 seconds later, Mike Lookingland assisted Mike Deasel for the Blast’s 5th goal of the night. At 9:05 on the clock, Stephen Basso got the Lancers on the board off an assist from Joseph Tavernese.  Two minutes later, Aduato Neto scored off an assist from Stephen DeRoux; his second assist of the night. With 1:12 left in the third quarter, Adriano Dos Santos scored off an assist by Lucio Gonzaga. At the end of the third quarter the Blast was ahead of the Lancers 14-2.

 

Two minutes into the fourth quarter, Aduato Neto scored a 3-point goal in a power play off an assist from Lookingland. This was Neto’s second goal and Lookingland’s second assist of the night.

 

The Blast dominated the offensive end this evening; multiple players had several goals and assists. Aduato Neto led offensively with five points; he had one 3-point goal and one two point. Dos Santos had two goals while Healey, DeRoux, and Lookingland all had two assists each.  William Vanzela played an excellent game in the goal and posted 12 saves. The Blast went undefeated this weekend and improved their regular season record, 10-3.

 

                       1      2     3    4    F

Blast            4      2      8    3    17

Lancers      0      0      2    0    2

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Blast bounce back, top Silver Knights in rematch

Posted on 24 January 2014 by 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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Blast announce 2013-2014 schedule

Posted on 03 September 2013 by WNST Staff

BLAST SET TO KICKOFF 2013-14 MISL SEASON AGAINST RIVAL, MILWAUKEE WAVE
The 34th Season of Indoor Soccer Begins in Baltimore on November 23rd

MISL NEWS RELEASE: Tuesday September 3rd, 2013 MISL Announces 2013-14 Opening Dates

Baltimore – The Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) released its 2013-14 home openers today, with the full 70-game schedule expected to be announced in the next two weeks. The action is slated to kick off on Friday, November 15th. The Baltimore Blast will open the season at Home against rival, Milwaukee Wave on Saturday November 23rd. The game will be played at the Baltimore Arena with a 7:35pm start time.

Opening night for North America’s top professional indoor soccer league will be highlighted by the debut of the Pennsylvania Roar, who will host the Syracuse Silver Knights in their inaugural game at Santander Arena. On Saturday, November 16 a pair of MISL powers will renew their rivalry when the Milwaukee Wave visits the Missouri Comets at Independence Events Center.

Another MISL newcomer will play its inaugural game the second weekend of the season as the St. Louis Ambush will host the Roar at Family Arena on Friday, November 22, while the Silver Knights will also make their home debut that evening when they host their rival, the Rochester Lancers, at The Oncenter.

The Lancers will open their home slate the following night when they welcome the Silver Knights on the back end of the home-and-home series, and the defending champion Baltimore Blast will open their season that night when they host the Wave at The Baltimore Arena.

The Wave will be the final team to open their home schedule when they host the Blast at U.S. Cellular Arena on Saturday, December 7. Each of the seven MISL clubs will play 20 games in 2013-14, 10 home and 10 away, with the season slated to conclude on March 2.

The MISL Playoffs will begin with the semifinals March 7-9, featuring the No. 1 and No. 4 seeds and the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds meeting in home-and-home series’ with a mini game to decide the series following the second game if needed. The championship will follow the same format on March 14-16. The higher seed will have the option to choose which game it hosts.

Nearly 400,000 fans attended MISL regular season games in 2012-13, marking the second consecutive season the league enjoyed a significant increase in attendance.

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Blast top Comets to claim MISL Championship

Posted on 17 March 2013 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE – The Baltimore Blast scored four second half goals to claim an 8-6 victory against the Missouri Comets in Game 2 of the MISL Championship Series on Saturday night at 1st Mariner Arena, giving the Blast a 2-0 series victory and their seventh MISL Championship. Blast goalkeeper William Vanzela claimed Most Valuable Player honors for the series, as he finished with 30 saves in two games to key Baltimore’s pair of victories.

The Blast trailed Missouri 4-0 at the halftime break, with Byron Alvarez scoring both goals for the Comets and Danny Waltman making eight saves to keep Baltimore off the scoreboard. The Blast finally broke through three minutes, 44 seconds into the third, as Max Ferdinand scored a spectacular power play goal to reduce the deficit to two. Baltimore then drew even, again on the power play, as Tony Donatelli stole in to score his fourth goal of the series, firing home a low cross by Ferdinand to make it 4-4 at the end of the third quarter.

Baltimore took its first lead of the night four minutes into the fourth quarter, Adriano Dos Santos finding the back of the net, and the Blast were able to bolster their lead with a spectacular bicycle kick finish by All-Rookie Team selection Lucas Roque as he controlled his effort after a shot off the end boards by Chris Williams.

Missouri kept its hopes of forcing overtime, and potentially a Game 3 mini-game alive with 5:39 to play as Alvarez completed his hat trick. The Blast’s defense, led by MISL Defender of the Year Mike Lookingland, limited their opportunities in the final five minutes, however, and Vanzela finished with 12 saves as Baltimore claimed its first title since 2009.

After falling 21-12 on Thursday night, Missouri had got off to an ideal start. Following a tense opening, the Comets finally took the lead with 5:02 to play in the first quarter as they caught the Blast on a counter-attack, Alvarez finishing from the left after being found by Cristiano as Missouri held a 2-0 lead after 15 minutes.

Missouri goalkeeper Danny Waltman then had a standout second quarter, keeping the Blast off the board with a number of outstanding saves. The Comets were also able to double their lead, with Byron Alvarez converting a shootout opportunity after Robert Palmer had been brought down on a breakaway by Ferdinand.

 

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Blast top Comets in MISL Championship Series Game 1

Posted on 14 March 2013 by WNST Staff

Led by Tony Donatelli the Blast earned a convincing 21-12 MISL Championship Series Game One road victory Thursday night over the Missouri Comets. Game Two is set for Saturday night at 1st Mariner Arena. Donatelli recorded at hat trick and Ptah Myers, Adauto Neto and Machel Millwood added two goals each while goalkeeper William Vanzela recorded 18 saves.

The Blast wasted no time scoring the first goal of the game as Donatelli knocked in a goal just 33 seconds into the match. Missouri’s Byron Alvarez tied the game at 2-2 but the tie was short-lived and the Blast jumped out to a 6-2 lead thanks to goals from Neto and Myers before the end of the first quarter.

Donatelli opened the second quarter with another first-minute goal and the Blast turned his goal into a four-goal scoring run that resulted in a 14-2 lead midway through the quarter. Rookie Lucas Roque scored next, followed by Millwood and a second goal from Neto.

The Comets fought back in the third quarter, outscoring the Blast, 6-2, and cutting Baltimore’s lead to 16-8. Milan Ivanovic opened the second-half scoring one minute before Myers scored his second goal of the game to keep the Blast on top 16-4. Ryan Junge and Lucas Rodriquez followed up with goals to continue the Comets scoring streak (16-8).

Millwood’s second goal came in the eighth minute of the final quarter to make it 18-8 but the Comets scored the next two goals, both with their sixth attacker on the field. Donatelli’s three-point goal with just 25 seconds remaining sealed Baltimore’s victory.

Game Two will take place Saturday night in Baltimore, with a deciding Mini Game to be played immediately following regulation, if needed. The Comets are no strangers to a Game One loss, having rallied in the Semifinals to beat the Milwaukee Wave in Game Two and again in the Mini Game.

 

2013 MISL Championship Series – Baltimore Blast vs. Missouri Comets

Game One: Blast 21-12

Game Two: Saturday, March 16, 1st Mariner Arena – 7:35 p.m.

 

By the Numbers:

Baltimore Blast: First Seed, 21-5 regular season record, 3-0 Postseason record

Missouri Comets: Third Seed, 13-13 regular season record, 2-2 Postseason record

 

The Blast ended the regular season on a six-game win streak, en route to claiming the 2012-13 MISL regular season title and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. With two wins over the Chicago Soul in the MISL Semifinals, the Blast have extended that win streak to eight straight games.

The team opened the regular season with nine straight home wins, a win streak that was broken by a 14-11 loss to this weekend’s opponent, the Missouri Comets. Prior to the first home loss, the Blast set a franchise record for most home wins to start the season (nine).

Veteran Adauto Neto led the Blast in the Semifinals with four goals and one assist for nine points; rookie Lucas Roque followed with four goals (eight points). Lucio Gonzaga will miss the Championship Series after suffering a knee injury Saturday night against the Soul.

The Competition

After losing Game One of the Semifinals, 12-10 in overtime to the Wave, the Comets fought back to win Game Two, 9-8 to tie the series. They went on to win the Mini Game, 5-4, to knock the Wave out of the postseason and advance to the Championship Series.

 

MISLNation

The MISL Championship Series can be seen live on the Internet at www.MISLNation.com.
Tickets

Tickets for Saturday’s home MISL Championship Series Game Two against the Comets are available by calling 410-73-BLAST or by going to www.TicketMaster.com.

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Blast’s Kelly, Lookingland get top MISL honors

Posted on 13 March 2013 by WNST Staff

2012-13 MISL Award Winners Announced

TAMPA, Fla. – The Major Indoor Soccer League honored its top performers of the season today, announcing the Most Valuable Player, Rookie of the Year, Coach of the Year, Defender of the Year and Goalkeeper of the Year for the 2012-13 season. The winners were announced at an awards ceremony in Independence, Missouri, site of tomorrow’s first leg of the 2013 MISL Championship Series featuring the Missouri Comets and the Baltimore Blast.

MISL award winners were selected through a vote by MISL team management and select media members.

 

Most Valuable Player – Doug Miller, Rochester Lancers

Miller’s record-breaking season at the age of 43 proved the veteran still had much to offer the game. The first player in the current era of the MISL to surpass 100 points, finishing with 102, Miller also set a record for goals in a season with 44 as he led the Lancers to within one win of the playoffs. Miller also finished the season with five game-winning goals, and tied an MISL record with a six-goal game against Missouri

 

Rookie of the Year – Luan Oliveira, Milwaukee Wave

Quickly becoming an integral part of Keith Tozer’s squad after being suggested as a signing by Wave teammate and childhood friend Marcio Leite, Oliveira led all rookies, and the Wave, with 68 points. The Brazilian averaged a goal per game in his first season in the league, with a three-goal, two-assist night against Rochester a highlight of his first season.

 

Coach of the Year – Danny Kelly, Baltimore Blast

Taking the honor for the third time in four seasons, Kelly led the Blast to the top of the MISL standings in a season that saw the Blast open the season with nine consecutive victories, and end it on a six-game winning streak that allowed it to edge the Milwaukee Wave for the regular season championship. With some key offseason departures, Kelly quickly integrated the new faces in his squad seamlessly as the Blast continued their tradition of excellence.

 

Defender of the Year – Mike Lookingland, Baltimore Blast

Lookingland was selected for the second consecutive season after a standout two-way campaign that saw him record 49 points, make 35 blocks and commit only 16 fouls. A master of positioning in his defensive end, the Blast’s captain also showed an uncanny knack for knowing when to join the attack, and proved crucial on special teams as he led the side with four power-play goals.

 

Goalkeeper of the Year – Nick Vorberg, Milwaukee Wave

Claiming the honor for the second time in three seasons, Vorberg was a standout in goal for the league’s best defense. Vorberg faced an average of 18.5 shots per game, finishing with an outstanding .812 save percentage, while also leading the league with a 7.76 points-against average. In his 14 regular-season appearances, Vorberg never conceded more than five goals.

Baltimore and Missouri will face off in the best-of-three 2013 MISL Championship Series starting Thursday at the Independence Events Center in Missouri (8:35 p.m. ET, MISLNation.com), with the second leg set for Saturday at 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore (7:35 p.m. ET, MISLNation.com). A deciding mini-game will be played immediately following Game 2 if needed.

 

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Several Blast players honored by MISL

Posted on 12 March 2013 by WNST Staff

MISL All-League, All-Rookie Teams Announced
League’s top performers honored

The Major Indoor Soccer League honored the top performers from the 2012-13 regular
season, naming the All-MISL First and Second Teams as well as the All-Rookie Team.

Six MISL clubs are represented in the teams, with the Baltimore Blast and Rochester Lancers leading
the way with four selections each. The Milwaukee Wave and Chicago Soul each had three players
honored, while the Syracuse Silver Knights and Missouri Comets had two each.

The All-MISL and All-Rookie teams are selected through a vote by MISL team management and select
media members.

Baltimore and Missouri will face off in the best-of-three 2013 MISL Championship Series starting
Thursday at the Independence Events Center in Missouri (8:35 p.m. ET, MISLNation.com), with the
second leg set for Saturday at 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore (7:35 p.m. ET, MISLNation.com). A
deciding mini-game will be played immediately following Game 2 if needed.

2012-13 All-MISL First Team

GK – Nick Vorberg, Milwaukee Wave
D – Leo Gibson, Missouri Comets
D – Mike Lookingland, Baltimore Blast
MF/F Doug Miller, Rochester Lancers
MF/F Neto, Syracuse Silver Knights
MF/F Mauricio Salles, Rochester Lancers

2012-13 All-MISL Second Team
GK – Jeff Richey, Chicago Soul
D – Pat Healey, Baltimore Blast
D – Nelson Santana, Syracuse Silver Knights
MF/F Vahid Assadpour, Missouri Comets
MF/F Carlos Farias, Chicago Soul
MF/F Luan Oliveira, Milwaukee Wave

2012-13 MISL All-Rookie Team
GK – William Vanzela, Baltimore Blast

D – Stephen Basso, Rochester Lancers
D – Pedrinho, Rochester Lancers
MF/F Luan Oliveira, Milwaukee Wave
MF/F Carlos Munoz, Chicago Soul
MF/F Lucas Roque, Baltimore Blast

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Blast top Soul to reach MISL Championship Series

Posted on 10 March 2013 by WNST Staff

The Blast defeated the Chicago Soul, 10-7, in Game Two of the Semifinals to advance to the 2013 MISL Championship Series. This is the team’s third straight trip to the Championship Series and the opponent will be determined Sunday afternoon when the Comets and Wave play their second game. Five different players scored in the win with Adauto Neto recording the game-winning goal.

Just like in Game One, the Soul scored the first goal of the match, when Fred Degand opened the scoring with 11 seconds remaining in the first quarter.

After a scoreless second quarter and a three-point goal from the Soul to start the second half, the Blast came alive, scoring five straight goals in less than seven minutes.  Ptah Myers continued his scoring streak, knocking in the Blast’s first goal, followed by Lucas Roque and then Neto who gave the Blast their first lead of the night at 6-5. J.T. Noone scored the fourth goal to put the Blast on top 8-5 and Machel Millwood added a goal to make it 10-5.

The Soul scored the last goal of the match, with just about a minute to go but were unable to come back from the third-quarter deficit.

The Blast will host either the Wave or Comets in Game Two of the Championship Series on Saturday, March 16.  For tickets, call 410-73-BLAST or go to www.TicketMaster.com.

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Neto, Roque help Blast top Soul in MISL Playoffs

Posted on 05 March 2013 by WNST Staff

Led by Adauto Neto and Lucas Roque, the Blast earned a 22-13 victory in Game One of the MISL Semifinal Series Tuesday night against the Chicago Soul. Neto, the veteran, and Roque, the rookie, each recorded three goals. Game Two of the series is scheduled for Saturday night at 1st Mariner Arena.

The Soul jumped out to an early 2-0 lead but the Blast fought back to take a 6-4 lead into the first quarter break and never looked back. The teams traded goals in the first 12 minutes with Marco Sullo opening the scoring, just after the two-minute mark, and Roque tying the game at 2-2. Carlos Farias regained Chicago’s lead at 4-2 but Roque scored his second goal of the quarter to tie it again and Adauto Neto put the Blast on top 6-4.

The second quarter was more of the same as Neto extended the Blast lead to 8-4 and Carlos Munoz answered, cutting the Blast lead to 8-6.
The Blast took control in the third quarter, as Neto completed his hat trick and Machel Millwood added a goal to make it 12-6.
The action heated up in the fourth quarter as the team’s combined for seven goals and 17 points. Lucio Gonzaga struck first, making it 14-6, before Ptah Myers continued his scoring streak with a short-handed three-point goal at the 9:02 mark to give the Blast a 17-6 lead. Roque’s next goal completed his hat trick and make it 19-6 just nine seconds before Chicago’s Pablo DaSilva recorded a three-point goal to cut Baltimore’s lead to 19-9. Tony Donatelli added a three-point goal before Carlos Munoz knocked in the last two goals of the game to make the final score 22-13 in favor of the Blast.
MISL Championship Series
The winner of the Blast vs. Soul Semifinals will advance to the 2013 MISL Championship Series to face the winner of the Wave vs. Comets Semifinals.
 
MISLNation
Every MISL game this season can be seen live on the Internet at www.MISLNation.com.
Tickets

Tickets for Saturday’s home MISL Semifinal Game against the Soul are available by calling 410-73-BLAST or by going to www.TicketMaster.com.

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