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The Baltimore Blast fall to the Comets in game one of the MISL Championship

The Baltimore Blast and Missouri Comets at the Independence Event Center.
The Baltimore Blast and Missouri Comets at the Independence Event Center.
Photo by Steve Wilson

Game one of the Major Indoor Soccer League 2014 Championship Series began on Friday March 14 at the Independence Events Center, featuring a rematch between the Missouri Comets and the Baltimore Blast meeting in the post season. The Comets defeated the Milwaukee Wave in post-season play taking the first game of the semi-final 20 to 6 in Independence. The Wave won game two 12 to 9 in front of their home audience. The Comets won game three 6 to 2 in Milwaukee to advance to the championship.

Baltimore won the first game of their semi-final match against Syracuse Silver Knights 20 to 7. The Knights came back in game two, defeating Baltimore 9 to 6. Baltimore took game three 4 to 3 to advance to the championship.

The first goal of the championship came at 4:01, when JT Noone, assisted by Tony Donatelli, drove the ball past Waltman for a two-pointer. At 4:50, Troy Hernandez scored the second two-pointer unassisted to give Baltimore a 4-0 lead. The Blast received a foul for too many men on the field and a two-minute penalty.

At 7:41, a Comets attempt by Robert Palmer was partially blocked by William Vanzela the goalkeeper for the Blast and the goal was called off when it struck the frame. At 8:06 in a power play, Vahid Assadpour hit a three-point strike past Hernandez with an assist by John Sosa to cut the Blast lead to one. The first quarter ended with the Blast leading 4-3.

At 1:41 in the second quarter, Sosa received a penalty for pushing Adriano Dos Santos to the ground. Dos Santos received a yellow card for knocking Sosa to the ground. Both men received a five-minute penalty for misconduct. Both teams put up an aggressive defense and held each other scoreless in the second quarter. The score at half time was the Blast 4 and the Comets 3.

At the beginning of the second half both teams were given ten-minute penalties for a fracas that occurred as the teams exited the field. Sosa and Dos Santos received red cards causing their ejection from the game for a violent conduct penalty. Automatic suspensions went to Sosa and Dos Santos for the second game of the Championship Series. Both players could play in the mini game if one is necessary. The league will review the action from Friday night to determine if additional penalties are justified.

At 3:45 in the third quarter, Assadpour connected on a three-point score, with an assist by Bryan Perez, giving the Comets their first lead in the game. This was the second three-point score for Assadpour. At 4:31, Stefan St. Louis scored the third three-pointer of the night to give the Comets the lead by five. Waltman assisted on the goal. At the end of the third quarter the Comets led by five at 9-4.

The Comets and Blast continued their defensive stands to open the fourth quarter. At 10:27 in the fourth Assadpour made the fourth three-pointer and his third of the game to give the Comets a 12-4 lead. At 5:56, St. Louis received a two-minute penalty for pushing. The Blast was unable to take advantage of the ensuing power play. At 12:34, Brian Harris, assisted by Lucas Rodriguez, ran the ball to an undefended goal for the fifth three-pointer of the night and an 11-point lead by the Comets.

At 13:24, Noone made a two-pointer off a steal to drop the Comets lead to nine. At 13:51 Noone made his third goal of the night with an assist by Ferdinand, making the score 15-8, Comets lead. The Comets were able to hold onto the lead, taking the first game of the championship series 15-8.

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