Led by three goals apiece from veteran Adauto Neto and rookie Lucas Roque, the Blast earned a 22-13 victory in Game 1 of the Major Indoor Soccer League semifinals Tuesday night against the host Chicago Soul.
Game 2 of the series is scheduled for Saturday night at 1st Mariner Arena. If the Soul wins, a 15-minute mini-game will immediately follow to determine which team advances to the championship against the Milwaukee Wave or Missouri Comets.
The Soul jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, but the Blast fought back to take a 6-4 lead by the first-quarter break and never looked back. The teams traded goals in the first 12 minutes, with Marco Sullo opening the scoring just after the two-minute mark and Roque tying the game at 2. Carlos Farias regained Chicago's lead at 4-2, but Roque scored his second goal of the quarter to tie it again and Adauto Neto put the Blast on top 6-4.
- 2014-15 Baltimore Blast
- A look at the Blast's new league, the MASL
- 2013-14 Baltimore Blast [Pictures]
- 2012-13 Baltimore Blast [Pictures]
- Baltimore Blast: 2011 season
- Baltimore Blast: 2010 season
See more photos »
- Top Sports Moments: Blast's 1st title
- Baltimore Blast
- Major Indoor Soccer League
See more topics »
Neto extended the Blast lead to 8-4 in the second quarter, and Carlos Munoz answered, cutting the Blast lead to 8-6.
The Blast took control in the third quarter as Neto completed his hat trick and Machel Millwood added a goal to make it 12-6.
In the fourth quarter, the teams combined for seven goals and 17 points. Lucio Gonzaga struck first, making it 14-6, before Ptah Myers continued his scoring streak with a short-handed three-point goal at the 9:02 mark to give the Blast a 17-6 lead.
Roque's next goal completed his hat trick and make it 19-6 just nine seconds before Chicago's Pablo DaSilva recorded a three-point goal to cut Baltimore's lead to 19-9. Tony Donatelli added a three-point goal before Carlos Munoz knocked in the last two goals of the game to make the final score 22-13 in favor of the Blast.
Score by Quarter:
Baltimore Blast: 6 2 4 10 — 22
Chicago Soul: 4 2 0 7 — 13
1st Quarter: 1. Chicago, Marco Sullo (Carlos Munoz), 2:05, 1. Baltimore, Lucas Roque, 9:13; 2. Chicago, Carlos Farias (Marco Sullo), 11:36; 2. Baltimore, Lucas Roque, 12:03; 3. Baltimore, Adauto Neto (Pat Healey), 12:08.
2nd Quarter: 4. Baltimore, Adauto Neto (Mike Lookingland), 7:44; 3. Chicago, Carlos Munoz (Jeff Richey), 9:53.
3rd Quarter: 5. Baltimore, Adauto Neto, 7:20; 6. Baltimore, Machel Millwood (Chris Williams), 9:45.
Penalties: Baltimore, Max Ferdinand (2 minutes) Tripping, 8:00.
4th Quarter: 7. Baltimore, Lucio Gonzaga (Adauto Neto), 2:36; 8. Baltimore, Ptah Myers (3PG/SHG), 9:02; 9. Baltimore, Lucas Roque (Adriano Dos Santos), 9:53; 4. Chicago, Pablo Da Silva (3PG), 10:02; 10. Baltimore, Tony Donatelli (3PG) (Pat Healey), 12:43; 5. Chicago, Carlos Munoz (Will Kletzien), 13:41; 6. Chicago, Carlos Munoz (Alex Megson), 14:50.
Penalties: Baltimore, Stephen DeRoux (2 minutes), Tripping, 7:08; Baltimore, Stephen DeRoux (5 minutes), Misconduct, 7:08.
Baltimore Blast: 38
Chicago Soul: 27
Baltimore Blast: 0 for 0
Chicago Soul: 0 for 2
Baltimore Blast, William Vanzela: 20 saves, 26 shots faced
Chicago Soul, Jeff Richey: 26 saves, 34 shots faced