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Soccer Spotlight:
KiXX Drop First Road Date of 05-06 in St. Louis, 8-4

Saturday, November 26, 2005

By David Deal
Philadelphia KiXX Director of Communications

St. Louis, MO - The Philadelphia KiXX (1-2) dropped their first road game of the 2005-06 Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) season with a 8-4 loss to former player/coach Omid Namazi and the St. Louis Steamers (1-1) at the Savvis Center. Midfielder Jeff DiMaria recorded the game-winning goal on a dish from teammate Joe Reiniger at 4:12 of the third quarter. Peter Pappas (1-2) took the loss for Philadelphia, turning away 12 of the 18 shots he faced, while Brett Phillips (1-1) earned the win for the Steamers with seven saves on 11 chances.

St. Louis bolted to an early 4-0 lead, before Philadelphia native David Castellanos registered his first career goal on an assist from fellow newcomer Tim O’Neill at 12:53 of the second quarter. Steamers forward Marcos Chantel opened the scoring on a feed from Jamar Beasley at 3:30 of the first period, followed by a score from Sandre Naumoski at 13:29.

DiMaria then notched the first of his two goals in the contest on an assist from Shaun David at 4:24 of the second. Joe Reiniger rounded out the scoring with a tally from Carlos Farias at11:45 to send the contest into the second half with St. Louis holding the 4-1 advantage.

DiMaria extended the Steamers’ lead to four, 5-1, with the eventual game-winner on a feed from Reiniger at 4:12 of the third stanza, but Philadelphia responded with three unanswered goals to cut the deficit back to one, 5-4. Defender Ptah Myers struck first on a pass from John Barry Nusum at 5:54 of the quarter, before Nusum tallied his own goal on a restart assist from Goran Vasic at the 12-minute mark.

Player/Coach Don D’Ambra completed the three-goal surge with an unassisted tally at 6:40 of the fourth period. With Philadelphia native Pat Morris serving as sixth attacker, St. Louis secured the victory with three unanswered goals of their own for an 8-4 win. Phillips scored first with a full-field throw that found the back of the net at 14:06, followed by notches from David (14:22) and Beasley (14:50).

*Notes:* Philadelphia is now 5-4 (regular season) when squaring-off versus former player/coach Omid Namazi. Philadelphia native David Castellanos recorded the first goal of his professional indoor career today. Ptah Myers, John Barry Nusum and Goran Vasic all have recorded at least one point in each of the team’s three contests this season. The KiXX managed only 13 shots on goal today, the team’s lowest output since they recorded only nine shots on goal versus the Dallas Sidekicks at Reunion Arena on January 25, 2004.

Philadelphia: 0-1-3-0=4 Shots: 13
Goalkeepers: Pappas (L, 12 saves).
Scorers: Nusum (goal, assist), Castellanos (goal), D’Ambra (goal), Myers (goal), O’Neill (assist), Vasic (assist).

St. Louis: 2-2-1-3=8 Shots: 25
Goalkeepers: Phillips (W, seven saves).
Scorers: Beasley (goal, assist), David (goal, assist), DiMaria (two goals), Farias (two assists), Phillips (goal, assist), Reiniger (goal, assist), Chantel (goal), Martinez (assist), Naumoski (goal).

The KiXX return home to entertain the expansion California Cougars on Saturday, December 3. All fans in attendance will receive a complimentary 2005-06 Philadelphia KiXX Team Photo, courtesy of Baum Printing. Kick-off is scheduled for 7:05 pm ET, with the doors opening at 6:00 pm ET.

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