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Soccer Spotlight:
KiXX Fall to St. Louis, 6-5, in OT
Club Opens 2006 with a Loss to Fall to 3-5 Overall

Saturday, January 7, 2006

By David Deal
Philadelphia KiXX Director of Communications

Philadelphia, PA - The Philadelphia KiXX (3-5) fell to the second-place St. Louis Steamers (8-2) 6-5 in overtime in front of a season-high 7,633 fans at the Wachovia Spectrum. Defender D.J. Newsom recorded the game-winning goal, a restart tally from teammate Genoni Martinez at 9:56 of the extra stanza. Peter Pappas (3-5) took the loss for Philadelphia with seven saves on 13 chances, while Brett Phillips improved to 2-0 with the Blast, turning away 11 of the 16 shots he faced.

Philadelphia native David Castellanos recorded the only score of the first period, 1-0, connecting with the header on a shot off the boards from teammate Andy Guastaferro at 8:31. The tally marked the third of the season for Castellanos.

With only three seconds remaining in the half (14:57), St. Louis evened the score at 1-1 as defender Genoni Martinez recorded a restart goal on assist from Carlos Farias.

At 3:48 of the third stanza, St. Louis took their first lead of the game, 2-1, when forward Carlos Farias found midfielder Mariano Bollella, and the Argentina native drilled a shot past Pappas. The KiXX evened the score at 5:22 (2-2), when Shawn Boney connected on his second penalty-kick goal of the season. Philadelphia received the penalty-kick opportunity after Sandre Naumoski was called for a two-minute tripping infraction inside the box. A mere 21 seconds later (5:43), St. Louis regained the lead, 3-2, when Martinez found Jamar Beasley, who then netted the team’s third restart goal in less than two minutes.

The KiXX knotted things up (3-3) at 8:10 of the final quarter, when Kevin Sloan headed an assist from Pat Morris over the outstretched arms of St. Louis goalkeeper Brett Phillips. Martinez put St. Louis back on top, 4-3, with a bomb on the restart at 9:02 of the stanza. The Steamers extended their advantage to two, 5-3, as Jeff DiMaria converted a pass Beasley only seconds later (9:26). Forward Goran Vasic pulled Philadelphia back within one, 5-4, connecting on a pass from teammate Drew Kopp at 11:53. With only 14 seconds remaining in regulation, Philadelphia native Pat Morris (14:46) found the back of the net to knot the game at 5-5 and force the extra stanza.

After nearly 10 minutes of scoreless action (9:56), Newsome converted the Steamer’s fifth restart goal of the evening on a dish from Martinez to give St. Louis a 6-5 victory.

*Notes: * Tonight’s contest marked the team’s second trip to overtime at home this season; the club defeated the California Cougars, 7-6, in the extra stanza of the team’s home opener on November 12.

Attendance: 7,633

Philadelphia: 1-0-1-3-0=5 Shots: 23

Goalkeepers: Pappas (L, seven saves).
Scorers: Kopp (two assists), Morris (goal, assist), Boney (goal), Castellanos (goal), Guastaferro (assist), Sloan (goal), Vasic (goal).

St. Louis: 0-1-2-2-1=6 Shots: 23

Goalkeepers: Phillips (W, 11 saves).
Scorers: Martinez (two goals, two assists), Beasley (goal, assist), Farias (two assists), Bollella (goal), DiMaria (goal), Newsom (goal).

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