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Soccer Spotlight:
KiXX Fall to Baltimore, 8-4, in 11th Annual School Day Game
Educational Matinee Drew a Season-Best 9,356 Fans to the Wachovia Spectrum

Wednesday, February 8, 2006

By David Deal
Philadelphia KiXX Director of Communications

Philadelphia - The Philadelphia KiXX (4-11) dropped their franchise worst sixth straight contest, 8-4, to the Baltimore Blast in front of a season-high 9,356 fans at the Wachovia Spectrum. The contest marked the club's 11th Annual School Day Game, which is designed as educational field trip to all the area schools.

Blast forward Giuliano Celenza registered the game winner on a pass from P.J. Wakefield at 2:39 of the third quarter. Peter Pappas (4-10) suffered the loss for Philadelphia with nine saves on 17 chances, while Sagu (10-3) earned the victory with the Cougars, turning away 12 of the 15 shots he faced.

Celenza, the League’s leading goal-scorer, opened the scoring, 1-0, with a restart goal on a pass from teammate Machel Millwood just 55 seconds into the first quarter of play. KiXX forward John Barry Nusum knotted the score, 1-1, connecting on a pass from Ptah Myers at 10:21 of the frame, but the Blast responded just six seconds later (10:27) on a score from Robbie Aristodemo.

Joel Bailey extended Baltimore’s advantage, 3-1, blasting a shot past Pappas and into the top right corner of the net at 5:25 of the second period; veteran forward Lee Tschantret recorded the assist on the play.

Bailey notched his score of the day on a dish from Wakefield, also his second of the game, to further lengthen the Blast lead, 4-1, at 10:33.

Baltimore opened the second half with a pair of goals to pull ahead five, 6-1. Celenza struck first for his second tally of the day at 2:39, followed by a score from Adauto Neto at 3:59. Forward Goran Vasic finally answered for the KiXX, 6-2, with an unassisted notch at 5:27 of the stanza.

Carlos Garcia connected on assist from Tschantret at 8:17 of the fourth quarter to once again give the Blast a five-goal advantage, 7-2. Sumed Ibrahim followed by a notch from Millwood to push the lead to six, 8-2.

Veteran forward Shawn Boney then blasted a score at 10:09 to cut the team’s deficit back to five, 8-3. Nusum added a restart goal from Goran Vasic for his second score of the outing at 14:12, but the Blast held on to earn a 8-4 victory.

*Notes: * With the loss, Philadelphia is now 8-3 when playing at home in the annual matinee and 11-7 overall. The loss also ties the franchise mark for most consecutive losses; the team also dropped six consecutive outings during the 2000-01 campaign (1/26/01-2/17/01).

Attendance: 9,356

Philadelphia: 1-0-1-2=4 Shots: 18
Goalkeepers: Pappas (L, nine saves).
Scorers: Nusum (two goals), Vasic (goal, assist), Boney (goal), Myers (assist).

Baltimore: 2-2-2-2=8 Shots: 20
Goalkeepers: Sagu (W, 10 saves).
Scorers: Wakefield (three assists), Bailey (two goals), Celenza (two goals), Tschantret (two assists), Millwood (two assists), Aristodemo (goal), Garcia (goal), Ibrahim (goal), Neto (goal).

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