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Blast, other MISL teams to unify indoor soccer in PASL

Posted on 14 April 2014 by WNST Staff

The Professional Arena Soccer League (PASL) Management, in conjunction with management from the Baltimore Blast, San Diego Sockers, and Missouri Comets have created a new partnership for all of the current PASL teams, and former MISL teams, that will unify professional arena/indoor soccer. The announcement was made in a special halftime ceremony at today’s NWSL FC Kansas City home opener.

The league and teams will be working hard the next couple weeks to get all of the lease agreements and final paperwork done for every team that will be part of the new partnership.  ”Getting this done in a timely manner was extremely important for all of the teams that will be taking part,” said PASL Commissioner Kevin Milliken.  ”We all received a lot of feedback from team owners that played in both leagues, but needed to have a small group with specific skills and experience to do the final negotiating for everyone, so we could get this done quickly.

“This is such a wonderful moment for the PASL, of course, but for arena soccer as a sport,” Milliken continued. ”To get from the level of acrimony that existed between various leagues when we started the Premier Arena Soccer League (the PASL’s amateur developmental league) in 1998 to the camaraderie that exists between owners now is something that people said could not be done.

“We would like to thank Blast owner Ed Hale, Comets owner Brad Likens, and Sockers owner Phil Salvagio  for taking leadership and having the vision to make this happen,” said Milliken. “The combined history and experience of these owners is going to really accelerate our growth and their contributions will be invaluable.”
The league will have around 20 teams in the US and Mexico and will be considered the top level of arena soccer in North America.  The timing of the agreement is significant because the PASL will be hosting the first ever WMF World Cup of Arena Soccer in February/March 2015.
“For the first time the US National Arena Soccer Team will have access to all of the best talent in the country and we will have a bigger pool of potential host cities to showcase our six-a-side boarded arena soccer to the rest of the world,” states US National Arena Soccer Team head coach Phil Salvagio. .
Heading into its seventh season, the PASL has enjoyed a period of tremendous growth.  From eight teams in 2008-09, the league swelled to 20 teams this season, while attendance has increased 105% since 2011-12.  Average attendance is projected to jump another 50% or more in the upcoming season with the addition of the new teams.
While the new partnership has positioned itself as the future of arena soccer it now also has a rich pedigree in the sport’s history.  The league’s Dallas Sidekicks will be celebrating 30 years since their founding and the San Diego Sockers history can be traced back to the 1970s.

The Baltimore Blast franchise was founded in 1992, but Baltimore has had continuous arena soccer since 1980, winning seven championships.

The Missouri Comets, based in Independence, won the most recent MISL championship in March. The Comets name dates back to 1981 and the Kansas City area has enjoyed almost 30 seasons of arena soccer.

The leagues owners meeting is May 17th and 18th in Baltimore, and will be having a formal press conference on Monday May 19th, time and location TBD. The majority of the teams, division layout, and any other changes will be announced then.
About Professional Arena Soccer League and Premier Arena Soccer League

The PASL is a professional league which began play on October 25, 2008.  The league, which concluded its sixth season with the Chicago Mustangs claiming the Newman Cup on March 16, is the largest and longest-running arena soccer organization in the US. The Tulsa Revolution, Ontario Fury, Wichita B-52s, Monterrey Flash, Saltillo Rancho Seco, Cleveland Freeze, and Bay Area Rosal were added for the 2013/14 season. The PASL-Premier just concluded its 16th season as the nation’s top amateur arena soccer league and is the official developmental league of the PASL. Both the PASL and PASL-Premier are members of Confederacion Panamerica de Minifutbol (CPM).

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Blast claim Game 2 but drop MISL Championship Series in final mini game

Posted on 16 March 2014 by WNST Staff

BLAST FALL TO COMETS IN MISL CHAMPIONSHIP

Game 2

The Baltimore Blast faced the Missouri Comets tonight for the MISL championship. After falling in game one to the Comets on Friday the Blast were able to bounce back with a 19-4 victory and forced a 15 minute mini game for the MISL championship.

The first quarter was a low scoring start to the game. Marco Mangione got the Blast on the board first with a goal at 13:30off an assist from Lucas Roque. With 4:15 left in the quarter Mike Deasel was able to score off an assist from Adauto Neto.

Adauto Neto started off the second quarter with a 3-point goal at 12:12 off an assist from Lucio Gonzaga. Max Ferdinand found the back of the net off an assist from Mike Lookingland at the 8:25 mark followed by Lookinland assisting Tony Donatelli with 5:05 remaining in the quarter. The Blast went into the half leading 11-0.

The Blast continued to dominate in the second half. Lucio Gonzaga scored at 12:39 for the teams 6th goal of the night. Mike Lookingland recorded his 3rd assist of the night on the goal. At 9:11 Adauto Neto extended the Blast lead to 15 by scoring his second goal of the night off an assist from Lucio Gonzaga. With 2:54 left in the quarter Leo Gibson got the Comets first goal of the night assisted by Ramone Palmer.

The Blast began the fourth quarter with a great ball by J.T Noone that Neto  was able to net with a diving header for his third goal of the night. Missouri’s Brian Harris scored at 6:57 in the quarter off an assist from Max Touluote. After a Missouri blue card Max Ferdinand was able to take advantage with a power play with a goal off an assist from Tony Donatelli. At the final buzzer, the Blast had won 19-4.

Scoring Summary Game 2:

1          2          3          4          F

Blast                4          7          4          4          19

Comets           0          0          2          2          4

Game 3: Final 

After winning game 2 of the MISL semifinal series the Blast forced a 15- minute mini game against the Comets.  Missouri pushed past the Blast 6-4 and went home with the MISL Championship Title.

After a huge defensive stand by the Blast defense and a goal saving block by Pat Healey to start the quarter, Max Ferdinand gave the Blast a lead at 6:32 with a goal off an assist from Marco Mangione. With 5:36 on the clock the Comets answered as Lucas Rodriguez scored off a Stefan St. Louis assist to tie it at 2. After scoring a hat trick in game two Neto wasn’t done for the night yet; at 2:49  he gave the Blast the lead while Tony Donatelli recorded the assist. The Comets tied it up at 1:34 off a Stefan St. Louis goal with an assist from Lucas Rodriguez. With 0:54 seconds remaining, the Comets’ Brian Harris, who won the 2013-14 Championship series MVP, the game winning goal off an assist from Leo Gibson. At the final buzzer the Blast had lost 6-4.

Offensively, Adauto Neto led the way recording a hat trick in game two and added a goal in game 3. Neto had 9 points on the night. Mike Lookingland had 3 assists in the game 2 win while six different Blast players were able to record goals. Goalkeeper William Vanzela recorded 7 saves in game two and 1 in game three.

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Blast allow five three points goals in MISL Championship Game 1 loss

Posted on 15 March 2014 by WNST Staff

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. – The Missouri Comets set a new MISL Playoffs record with five 3-point goals, and captain Vahid Assadpour set an individual MISL Playoffs record with a hat trick of 3-pointers, as they took a 15-8 victory in Game 1 of the MISL Championship Series on Friday night in front of 4,524 fans at the Independence Events Center.

Game 2 of the MISL Championship Series is set for Sunday evening at 5:05 p.m. ET at the Baltimore Arena, with all of the action available live on YouTube. Should it be required, a Game 3 mini-game would be played to decide the series following the conclusion of Game 2.

Assadpour led a run of five consecutive 3-pointers for the Comets after the Blast took an early lead with two goals in the first five minutes. J.T. Noone, who also had a hat trick on the night, opened the scoring with a volley 4:01 into the game. Less than a minute later, Max Ferdinand took a good pass from Tony Donatelli and slid home a finish to make it 4-0 for the Blast.

Baltimore would then be held scoreless until the two minutes as the Comets mounted their historic run. Missouri was able to take advantage when the Blast were called for too many men on the field just past the halfway point of the first quarter as Assadpour collected a pass on the left, and drilled home a finish from 3-point range to cut Missouri’s deficit to one.

The game was physical throughout the first half, and came to a head midway through a scoreless second quarter as both Baltimore’s Adriano Dos Santos and Missouri’s John Sosa were sent to the penalty box for misconduct after an altercation at midfield. The heated feelings lingered between the two players, and both were ejected during halftime after fighting as the teams left the field.

The Comets grabbed hold of the game to open the third quarter, as they scored back-to-back 3-pointers through Assadpour and Stefan St. Louis inside the opening five minutes to take a 9-4 lead. The Blast tried to hit back, but Comets goalkeeper Danny Waltman made an excellent save to deny Noone a reply as Missouri held its five-point lead going to the fourth.

That lead would be extended just over five minutes into the final quarter as Assadpour struck again from 3-point range with a ferocious blast from beyond the yellow line that set a new MISL Playoffs record. Brian Harris would then get in on the action, putting home a 3-point finish into an empty net to make it 15-4. Noone would strike twice late on for the Blast as the Comets briefly let their guard down, but Missouri held on to take a comfortable victory.

 

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Blast open MISL Championship series Friday at Missouri

Posted on 13 March 2014 by WNST Staff

GAME PREVIEW:

MISL Championship Game 1:  Friday, March 14th   

 

Just the Facts:

Friday, March 14th

Baltimore Blast vs. Missouri Comets

Independence Events Center, 8:30pm EST.

 

SEASON AND ALL TIME STATISTICS: Blast vs. Comets

2013-14: 2-0

All Time: 10-3

 

WATCH THE GAME LIVE ON YOUTUBE! http://www.youtube.com/user/MISLComets

 

The Baltimore Blast enter the MISL championship series matched against the number three seed, Missouri Comets. The play-off which begins Friday in Missouri is a best of three series. Game 2 is in Baltimore on Sunday March 16th at 5:05pm. If each team wins a game, game 3 will be played immediately after game 2 on Sunday. The length of game 3 is 15 minutes. The Blast have played the Comets 2 times this year and have a 2-0 record in these games.

 

Regular Season Wrap Up:

The Blast finished the regular season in first place with a 17-3 record. Baltimore scored 309 points this season while only allowing 101 points against them. Offensively, the Blast finished 3rd in the league in total points. The following are the offensive leaders for Baltimore this season:

 

Total Points                            Goals                                        Assists

Mike Lookingland (56)         Tony Donatelli   (19)               Mike Lookingland (18)

Tony Donatelli (48)               Mike Lookingland (17)           Lucas Roque (12)

Max Ferdinand (43)              Max Ferdinand (17)                Pat Healey (10)

 

Defensively, the Blast had a record setting season allowing only 101 points. William Vanzela led the league with a 5.57 points against average. Mike Lookingland (33) and Pat Healey (31) were 1st and 2nd in the league in blocks. J.T. Noone was third on the team in blocks with 15. The Blast also finished 1st in the league in power play defense with 80%.

 

Syracuse Series Recap:

Baltimore took care of business in game one of the series winning on the road 20-7. Adauto Neto led the Blast with 2 goals and 2 assists. In Baltimore the Silver Knights were able to win game 2 of the series by a score of 9-6. Tony Donatelli scored two goals in the loss. In the deciding game 3, Baltimore was able to gain the early lead off a Mike Lookingland goal and Marco Mangione sealed the win for the Blast 4-3.

 

The Competition:

The Missouri Comets finished 14-6 in the regular season as they scored 329 points and allowed 217 points. They entered the playoffs as the number 3 seed and were able to defeat the Milwaukee Wave in the semi-finals. Like Baltimore, the Comets were forced into the game 3 mini game where they won 6-2 off of two Brian Harris goals. Offensively, Leo Gibson leads the MISL in post season points with 14 and Brian Harris is tied for second with 8. The Comets goalie, Danny Waltman enters the matchup with a .756 save percentage in the regular season. Syracuse is coached by Vlatko Andonovski and Goran Karadzov.

 

Upcoming Playoff Games: 

Game 2: Sunday, March 16th vs. Missouri Comets @ 5:05pm (Baltimore Arena)

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Blast wrap road trip with blowout win over Comets

Posted on 09 February 2014 by WNST Staff

BLAST DEFEATS COMETS AND LOOKINGLAND HAS A HAT TRICK

The Blast traveled to Missouri to play the Comets for the second time this season. After beating the Ambush on Thursdaynight, Baltimore kept their momentum and came out with another victory tonight, 18-4 against the Comets. The Blast are now 13-3 on the season.

Lucio Gonzago got the Blast on the board first when he scored a 3-point power play goal, 6:41 left in the quarter off an assist from Adauto Neto.  Gonzaga had the lone goal in the first quarter and the Blast went into the second, 3-0 against the Comets.

Mike Lookingland, who led the Blast with 6 points on Thursday against St. Louis, scored the first goal of the second quarter from an assist by Pat Healey. This was Lookingland’s 39th point of the season.  Less than 5 minutes later, Tony Donatelli assisted Max Ferdinand’s goal with 4:39 left in the second quarter.  At the end of the first half, the Blast led the Comets 7-0.

Two minutes into the second half the Comets got their first goal of the night from a power play; John Sosa assisted Bryan Perez.  Less than 5 minutes later Mike Lookingland scored his second goal of the night from a penalty kick.  With 5 minutes left in the third quarter, Lookingland scored his third goal of the night off a restart. This was also his 3rd 3-point goal of the season.  22 seconds later, Mike Deasel assisted Marco Mangione for the Blast’s 5th goal of the night. At the end of the third quarter, the Comets trailed the Blast, 14-2.

Alex Megson from the Comets got his team on the board first in the fourth quarter; Lucas Rodriguez assisted his goal with10:00 left on the clock. Less than one minute later, Lucas Roque scored off an assist from Tony Donatelli. At 6:31 on the clock, Roque helped the Blast with their 8th goal of the night when he assisted Diego Zuniga’s goal. At the final whistle, the Blast beat the Comets 18-4.

               

                  1   2   3   4   F


Blast:
     3   4   7   4  18Comets: 0   0   2   2   4

 

Upcoming Games:

2/21 Blast vs. Pennsylvania Roar, 7:05pm

2/22 Blast vs. Syracuse Silver Knights, 6:05pm

2/23 Blast @ Rochester Lancers, 3:00pm

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Blast wrap road swing Sunday at Missouri

Posted on 08 February 2014 by WNST Staff

GAME PREVIEW:

Blast Take On Comets: Sunday, February 9th.

 

Just the Facts:

Sunday, February 9th

Baltimore Blast vs. Missouri Comets

Independence Events Center, 4:10pm EST.

 

WATCH THE GAME LIVE ON YOUTUBE!

http://www.youtube.com/user/MISLComets

 

By the Numbers:

Baltimore Blast: 12-3 after win against Ambush

Missouri Comets: 9-5 after win against St. Louis

Mike Lookingland Leads the Blast with 31 points. Max Ferdinand (30), Tony Donatelli (29), Aduato Neto (25), Marco Mangione (24), and Lucas Roque (23) also sit among league leaders.

 

2/6 Ambush Game Recap:

The Baltimore Blast defeated St. Louis 12-6 on the road Thursday night. Offensively, Mike Lookingland led the Blast with 6 points, 2 goals and 2 assists. William Vanzela, who has been named to the MISL Team of the week 5 times, recorded 3 saves in the win.

 

Defense Wins Games:

The Blast lead the league in points against with only 75 on the season. Lookingland is third in the league with 27 blocks and Pat Healey is tied for fourth with 24. With strong defense and William Vanzela in goal, the Blast are able to hold opponents to very few scoring chances. Blast goalkeeper William Vanzela is 9-3 on the year. He is first in the league in points against average (5.37) and first in the league in save percentage (.836).  

 

The Competition 2/9:

The Blast take on the Missouri Comets for the second time this season. The Blast defeated the Comets earlier in the season 14-6. The Comets are led offensively by Vahid Assadpour who leads the MISL with 55 points. Forward Leo Gibson also has 50 points on the season as the Comets high powered offense looks to find opportunities against the strong Blast defense. The Comets are coached by Vlatko Andonovski.

 

Upcoming Games

(EST)

Friday, February 21st vs. Pennsylvania Roar 7:05p.m.

Saturday, February 22nd vs. Syracuse Silver Knights 6:05p.m.

Sunday, February 23rd at Rochester Lancers 3:00p.m.

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Blast top Comets to claim MISL Championship

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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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Comets rally late to top Blast

Posted on 26 January 2013 by WNST Staff

The Missouri Comets scored three unanswered second-half goals to beat the Blast 14-11 Saturday night and snap Baltimore’s nine-game home win streak.  MISL Player of the Week Leo Gibson led the way with three goals. The Blast will return to 1st Mariner Arena on February 2 to host the Syracuse Silver Knights.

The Comets struck first, taking a 4-0 lead off goals from Coady Andrews and Gibson.  Lucas Roque and Ptah Myers scored late in the first quarter to tie it at 4-4.

Lucio Gonzaga scored the only goal of the third quarter, a three-pointer, to give Baltimore its first lead of the night at 7-4.

Blast team captain Mike Lookingland extended the Blast lead to 9-4 in the sixth minute of the third quarter, shortly before John Sosa cut the Blast lead to 9-6.  Gibson’s second second goal of the night made it 9-8 but Blast rookie Tino Nunez answered by chipping the ball over the head of Comets goalkeeper Danny Waltman, putting the Blast on top 11-8. Gibson’s third goal cut it to 11-10 and kicked off the Comets’ three-goal run.

Stefan St. Louis recaptured the lead for the Comets just 19 seconds into the final quarter and Cristiano sealed the 14-11 victory.

The Blast will play in Syracuse on Friday, February 1 before returning to 1st Mariner Arena on the 2nd to host the Silver Knights.

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Blast remain perfect with win over Comets

Posted on 16 December 2012 by WNST Staff

The Blast improved to 9-0 on the season and held the Comets scoreless for 46 minutes in Saturday’s 15-9 victory.  Lucio Gonzaga led the way with two goals and rookie goalkeeper William Vanzela recorded 16 saves in his fifth win of the season.

Baltimore started and ended the first quarter in similar fashion – with goals.  Team captain Mike Lookingland got things started, just 40 seconds into the game, giving the Blast an early 2-0 lead and Lucio Gonzaga added a goal late in the quarter to extend the Blast lead to 4-0.

The Blast scoring streak continued into the second quarter with Gonzaga scoring a three-point goal and Mike Deasel knocking in another goal to put the Blast on top, 9-0. Tony Donatelli scored late in the half to give the Blast an 11-0 halftime lead.

Lucas Roque and Machel Millwood added goals in the third quarter to increase Baltimore’s lead to 15-0.

After holding the Comets scoreless for 46:21, the Blast gave up four goals in the final quarter as Missouri continued to fight through their second road game in 24 hours.  Ryan Junge ended Vanzela’s shutout at 1:21 of the fourth quarter and Brian Harris cut the Blast lead to 15-4 less than two minutes later.  Lucas Rodriguez scored a three-point goal to make it 15-7 and Byron Alvarez concerted a penalty kick to make the final score 15-9.

The Blast has kicked off their 33rd season of professional indoor soccer in Baltimore with nine straight wins, marking the seventh time since the 1992-93 season the team has started with five or more wins.  The team will look to match the 1993-94 Baltimore Spirit squad’s record of 10 straight wins to open the season.

There’s no Place Like Home
The Blast, 9-3 at home last season, started 2012-13 with four home games in the span of just 13 days.  The team, 6-0 at home this season, has boasted winning records at home each of the last six seasons and has had winning home records in 18 of the last 20 seasons.  The Blast are currently on a 15-game regular-season home win streak.

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