Saturday, March 24, 2007
By Tom Hushen
The Philadelphia KiXX (16-11) defeated the Baltimore Blast (15-13) by a final score of 14-7 in front of 7,264 fans at the Wachovia Spectrum. The game was televised nationally on the Versus Network, the first such broadcast in Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) regular season history. The KiXX hold sole possession of second place, just one game back of the first place Detroit Ignition who are in action tonight. With only three games remaining in the regular season, Philadelphia travels to Milwaukee tomorrow, March 25 to take on the Wave in hopes of locking up a playoff spot. Game time is set for 2:00pm ET.
Tarik Walker put Baltimore on the board first on a two-pointer set up by Jonathan Steele. Genoni Martinez wasted no time extending his current point streak to 12 games with his 20th goal on the season from Shawn Boney. Carlos Garcia buried a three-pointer just over a minute later to put the Blast back on top 5-3 after one quarter.
Garcia committed his fourth foul of the half, warranting a two minute penalty, at the 10:13 mark of the second quarter. KiXX captain Pat Morris capitalized on the power play on a rebound from an Edgar Bartolomeu shot, tying the game at five apiece. Ptah Myers gave Philly their first lead less than one minute later from Boney. Player/coach Don D’Ambra would extend that lead on a pass from Tony Donatelli, putting Philadelphia up 9-5 going into half time.
After a scoreless third quarter, Tarik Walker’s second of the night brought Baltimore back to within two, 9-7 at 10:37 of the final stanza.
D’Ambra would pad the KiXX lead at the 6:36 mark of the fourth, with his second of the night and team leading 28th of the season, 11-7. Pat Morris sealed the Philly victory with an empty net goal versus the 6th attacker.
Baltimore Philadelphia’s John Barry Nusum did not dress for the tenth time this season with a sore hamstring.
*First Quarter* - Scoring: BAL 2, Walker (Steele) 12:40. PHI 3, Martinez (Boney) 8:51. BAL 5, Garcia (Unassisted) 7:02.
*Second Quarter* - Scoring: PHI 5, Morris (Bartolomeu) 8:37. PHI 7, Myers (Boney) 7:48. PHI 9, D’Ambra (Donatelli) 2:07.
*Third Quarter* Scoring: None
*Fourth Quarter* Scoring: BAL 7, Walker (Unassisted) 10:37. PHI 11, D’Ambra (Unassisted) 6:36. PHI 14, Morris (Unassisted) :57.