Friday, March 2, 2007
By Tom Hushen
Philadelphia, PA - The Philadelphia KiXX (13-9) fell into a second place tie with the Baltimore Blast (13-9) after the defending Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) champs knocked-off the visiting KiXX, 10-8, in overtime in front of 7,446 fans at the 1st Mariner Arena. With the win, which was the sixth consecutive victory for Baltimore, the Blast and Philadelphia trail the expansion Detroit Ignition by one-half of a game for the top spot in the League standings.
Temple product and rookie midfielder Tony Donatelli opened the scoring, connecting on a two-point goal from teammate Shawn Boney to provide the visiting KiXX an early 2-0 advantage at 4:40 of the first frame.
Baltimore pulled even, 2-2, as PJ Wakefield found the back of the net off a missed shot from Denison Cabral at 11:30, a mere second after Philadelphia’s Genoni Martinez was released from the penalty box after serving two-minutes for a holding infraction.
Defender Genoni Martinez wasted little time in the second period, 4-2 at 1:35, blasting home a two-point score for the 250^th goal of his illustrious career and extended his point streak to a team-best seven games; Boney registered the assist on the play, his second of the evening. Donatelli connected with fellow Philadelphia native Pat Morris for his second two-point notch of the contest to stretch the club’s lead to four, 6-2, at 5:29. Morris extended the KiXX advantage with an unassisted two-point tally that deflected off Baltimore’s Lee Tschantret at 10:57 of the quarter. Blast forward Tarik Walker rounded out the first-half scoring with a two-point goal on a feed from Wakefield to cut Philadelphia’s advantage to four, 8-4, at 13:44.
Cabral pulled the hosts within two, 8-6, finding the top right corner of the net for a power-play score on a pass from Tschantret at 7:46 of the third stanza; Baltimore received the one-man advantage courtesy of a two-minute obstruction infraction accessed on David Castellanos.
Wakefield registered his second score of the night on an assist from Carlos Garcia at 9:45 to knot the clubs even, 8-8.
After a scoreless fourth quarter, the clubs went into overtime, the fourth such occasion this season that Philadelphia was forced to an extra stanza. With Pappas in the penalty box serving two minutes for tripping, forward Robbie Aristodemo sealed Baltimore’s comeback with a shot just inside the cross bar for a 10-8 Blast victory.
Notes: Three-time MISL Defender of the Year Genoni Martinez registered the 250^th goal of his illustrious career with a two-point tally in tonight’s second stanza; the score also extended his point streak to a team best seven games. Tonight’s action marked the 100^th career game for KiXX midfielder and three-year veteran Andy Guastaferro.
*1 2 3 4 OT Total*
Philadelphia 2 6 0 0 0 8
*First Quarter* - Scoring: PHI 2, Donatelli (Boney), 4:40; BAL 2, Wakefield (Cabral), 11:30.
*Second Quarter* - Scoring: PHI 4, Martinez (Boney), 1:35; PHI 6, Donatelli (Morris), 5:29; PHI 8, Morris, 10:57; BAL 4, Walker (Wakefield), 13:44.
*Third Quarter* Scoring: BAL 6, Cabral (Tschantret), 7:46; BAL 8, Wakefield (Garcia), 9:45.
*Fourth Quarter* Scoring: None.
*Overtime *Scoring: BAL 10, Aristodemo (Wakefield), 2:21.