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Soccer Spotlight:
Ignition Pull to within a Half Game of the KiXX in Detriot, 22-12
Philly allows 22 points less than 24 hours after scoring 24

Sunday, February 25, 2007

By Tom Hushen
Philadelphia KiXX Marketing Manager

The Philadelphia KiXX (13-8) fell to the Detroit Ignition (13-9) in the second game of a back-to-back weekend, 22-12 in front of a sellout crowd in the Motor City. Philly's defense allowed a season high 22 points following a 24-14 victory over the Milwaukee Wave on February 24. Three-time Defender-of-the-Year Genoni Martinez recorded five points in each game of the weekend set, extending his point streak to six games.

Forward Mike Apple provided the only scoring in the first period, connecting on a pass from teammate Mauricio Salles at 13:10, to give the hosting Ignition a 2-0 advantage.

Shawn Boney evened the score, 2-2, with a back-heel unassisted goal that snuck past Sanaldo and into the back of the net at 3:01 of the second stanza. Droo Callahan gave the Ignition a halftime lead when he buried his third goal of the season with just 51 seconds remaining in the first half.

Rookie Worteh Sampson was credited with his 11th goal of the season on a Philadelphia mishap in their own end, giving Detroit a four-point lead.

Genoni Martinez made up for the error, pulling the KiXX to within two on his 11th goal of the season, unassisted. After an intentional handball from keeper Peter Pappas, Ptah Myers' eighth of the season, shorthanded, tied the game at six apiece. Just 44 seconds later, Detroit's Carlos Farias scored on a three-pointer on the power-play, followed by a Josh Rife two-pointer to quickly put the Ignition up 11-6. Farias has recorded 15-points in five games against Philadelphia this season.

Callahan's second of the night spread Detroit's lead to seven just over two minutes into the fourth quarter. Jon Greenfield and Miodgrag Djerisilo scored consecutive goals less than a minute apart to put Detroit up 11, 17-6. Pat Morris' second three-point goal in as many games brought the KiXX to within eight at 10:11 of the fourth. The goal put Morris over the 300 point mark for his career. After a Martinez tripping penalty, Farias capitalized on his second three-point power-play goal of the night, putting the game out of reach for Philly, 20-9. Callahan would go on to complete the hat trick, and MISL leading scorer Jamar Beasley was credited with his third assist of the night.

Martinez would add a three-point power-play goal of his own to complete the scoring, 22-12 Ignition.

Notes: Philadelphia was without the services of player/coach and KiXX leading scorer Don D’Ambra (hamstring) and defender Drew Kopp, who was serving an automatic one-game suspension after receiving a red card on February 24. Genoni Martinez’s first goal was the 100th two-point goal of his career. The twelve-year veteran needs just one goal for the 250th of his career. KiXX forward John Barry Nusum was held pointless after recording two hat tricks in two games.

*_Scoring Summary:_*

*1 2 3 4 Total*

Detroit 2 2 7 11 22

Philadelphia 0 2 4 6 12

First Quarter - Scoring: DET 2, Apple (Salles) 13:10. .
Penalties: None.

Second Quarter - Scoring: PHI 2, Boney (Unassisted) 3:01. DET 4, Callahan (Marojevic) 14:08.

Third QuarterScoring: DET 6, Sampson (Unassisted) 12:30. PHI 4, Martinez (Unassisted) 10:37. PHI 6, Myers (Unassisted) 4:46. DET 8, Farias (Ricardinho) 4:04. DET 11, Rife (Sampson) 3:13.
Penalties: PHI Pappas, Intentional Hand Ball (2 min.) 5:44. PHI Myers, Holding (2 min.) 2:45.

Fourth Quarter Scoring: DET 13, Callahan (Marojevic) 12:41. DET 15, Greenfield (Unassisted) 11:38. DET 17, Djerislo (Beasley) 11:03. PHI 9, Morris (Unassisted) 10:11. DET 20, Farias (Beasley) 5:17. DET 22, Callahan (Beasley) 5:07. PHI 12, Martinez (Delevski) 3:19.
Penalties: PHI, Martinez, Trip (2 min.) 6:21. DET Selaidopoulos, Too Many Men (2 min.) 3:52.

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