Sunday, March 11, 2007
By Tom Hushen
Milwaukee, WI - The Philadelphia KiXX (15-10) were defeated by the Milwaukee (12-13) 11-7 at the U.S. Cellular Arena to fall one-half game behind the first-place Detroit Ignition and into a tie for second place with the defending champion Baltimore Blast in the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) standings. Detroit will take the field in Chicago to battle the Storm, while the Blast will-square off with the California Cougars at the Stockton Arena later this evening. With the loss, Philadelphia posted a 1-1 record in the back-to-back weekend and are now 4-6 in such contests this season.
Former Philadelphia midfielder Goran Vasic provided the hosting Wave an early 3-0 advantage, connecting on a pass from teammate Tyrone Gordon a mere 42 seconds into the opening period of play. Cape May, NJ native Anthony Maher extended the Milwaukee lead, 5-0, finding the top right corner of the goal off a feed from Marcelo Fontana at 4:51.
Fontana wasted little time in the second, depositing a pass from Maher into the back of the net to increase the Wave’s advantage to seven, 7-0, just 22 seconds into the second frame. With less than a minute remaining in the period (14:01), Fontana registered an unassisted score to further lengthen the Milwaukee lead, 9-0. Three-time MISL Defender of the Year Genoni Martinez finally put Philadelphia on the board, connecting on an unassisted two-point goal just 19 seconds before the half, 9-2; the tally extended Martinez’s point streak to a season-best 10 games.
Philadelphia native and Temple University product Steve Wacker notched his second score of the weekend to pull the KiXX within five, 9-4, at 10:18 of the third stanza. Forward Greg Howes registered a restart goal on an assist from Vasic to stretch Milwaukee’s lead back to seven, 11-4, at 13:33.
KiXX player/coach Don D’Ambra blasted home a three-point goal from just inside the yellow line, 11-7, on a feed from Northeast Catholic graduate Pat Morris at 11:21 of the fourth quarter.
Notes: Genoni Martinez extended his point streak to a season-best 10 games with a two-point goal in the second quarter; the Mexico City, Mexico native also recorded an assist to finish with three points.
Philadelphia improves to 2-3 in the first game of a back-to-back set.
First Quarter - Scoring: 3 MIL, Vasic (Gordon), :42; 5 MIL, Maher (Fontana), 4:51.
Second Quarter - Scoring: 7 MIL, Fontana (Maher), :22; 9 MIL, Fontana, 14:01; 2 PHI, Martinez, 14:41.
Third Quarter Scoring: 4 PHI, Wacker (Martinez), 10:18; 11 MIL, Howes (Vasic), 13:33.
Fourth Quarter Scoring: None.