Friday, December 7, 2012
BALTIMORE -- Led by Machel Millwood and Adauto Neto, the Baltimore Blast improved to 8-0 Friday night with a 10-6 win over the visiting Wichita Wings in front of a crowd of 6,624 fans at 1st Mariner Arena. Millwood and Neto each recorded a goal and assist for the Blast, who took their second victory against the Wings this season.
Despite Baltimore carrying the majority of the game, the Wings jumped out to a 2-0 lead on their first shot of the game as Alex Moseley found the back of the net early in the first quarter. After missing the last two games with a groin injury, Blast forward Lucio Gonzaga returned to the playing field tonight and scored his fifth goal of the season to tie the score 2-2 midway through the second quarter, but the Wings were able to regain the lead before the halftime break as Miguel Ferrer struck off an assist by Andrew Hoxie, putting Wichita up 4-2.
The Blast were able to get back on level terms just 33 seconds into the second half as Max Ferdinand tied the game at 4-4. The Blast then struck again in the final minute of the quarter as Tony Donatelli scored with eight seconds to play to give the Blast their first lead of the game at 6-4.
Millwood added to the Blast’s lead 27 seconds into the fourth quarter, making it 8-4 with his ninth goal of the season. The Wings stayed in touch as Freddy Moojen cut the Blast’s lead to 8-6 with a power play goal with just under four minutes to play, but Neto sealed the victory with a power play goal with less than 30 seconds to go on Millwood’s ninth assist of the season.
The Blast have kicked off their 33rd season of professional indoor soccer in Baltimore with eight straight wins and are looking to match the 1993-94 Baltimore Spirit squad’s record of 10 straight wins to open the season. They return to action next weekend as they host the Missouri Comets on Saturday, December 15 at 7:35 p.m. at 1st Mariner Arena. The Wings, meanwhile, move on to face the Syracuse Silver Knights on Saturday night at 7 p.m. to complete their weekend trip.