Friday, December 9, 2005
By David Deal
The Philadelphia KiXX (2-3) dropped a 5-3 decision to the defending Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) Milwaukee Wave (6-0) at the U.S. Cellular Arena in the opening game of the team’s first set of back-to-back games this season. The KiXX conclude the series versus the Chicago Storm at the Wachovia Spectrum on Saturday, December 10. Defender Matt Schmidt recorded the game-winning goal on an assist from Todd Dusosky at 14:35 of the second quarter.
Peter Pappas (2-3) took the loss for Philadelphia, turning away 10 of the 15 shots he faced, while Nick Vorberg (6-0) earned the win for the Wave with nine saves on 12 chances.
Milwaukee’s Todd Dusosky opened the game’s scoring with a strike on an assist from Marcelo Fontana at 4:31 of the first quarter of action. With less than a minute remaining in the opening period (14:14), Todd Dusosky found teammate Matt Schmidt slicing through the KiXX defense to extend the Wave’s advantage to two, 2-0.
Forward Giuliano Oliviero registered Milwaukee’s third unanswered tally, 3-0, on a dish from teammate Chad Dombrowksi at the one-minute mark of the second stanza. Philadelphia native Pat Morris finally halted Milwaukee’s scoring streak, connecting on a feed from fellow defender Ptah Myers at 14:02 of the period. Schmidt quickly responded to regain the Wave’s three-goal lead, 4-1, finishing a rebound from a Greg Howes’ shot at 14:35.
KiXX forward John Barry Nusum, the 2005 Rookie of the Year, cut the team’s deficit to two, 4-2, with a tally from eight-year veteran Goran Vasic at 5:23 of the third quarter. With the connection, both Nusum and Vasic have now scored at least one point in each of the club’s five games this season; Vasic has also recorded one assist in each of the five contests.
Nusum notched his second score, unassisted, of the evening to pull Philadelphia within one, 4-3, at 1:23 of the fourth period, but the Wave answered right back as the brother connection of Troy and Todd Dusosky connected for a tally just over a minute later (2:35). Morris entered the game as a sixth attacker late in the period, but the defending champs held on to earn a 5-3 victory.
*Notes:* Forwards John Barry Nusum and Goran Vasic have now recorded at least one point in each of the team’s five contests this season. Vasic, a native of Belgrade, Yugoslavia, has also tallied one assist in each of the five games. Philadelphia held the Wave to 22 shots, a season-low for their opponent this season.
Philadelphia: 0-1-1-1=3 Shots: 23
Milwaukee: 2-2-0-1=5 Shots: 22
The KiXX return to the City of Brotherly Love to entertain the Chicago Storm at the Wachovia Spectrum for the first time this season on Saturday, December 10. The first 1,500 fans (14 and older) will receive a complimentary KiXX Dance Team Calendar, courtesy of Cherry Hill Nissan. Game-time is slated for 7:05 pm ET with doors opening at 6:00 pm ET.