The Baltimore Blast improved to 2-0 Sunday with a 15-10 road victory over the Omaha Vipers. In front of 4,400 fans at the Omaha Civic Auditorium, seven different Blast players scored and Sagu made 21 saves in the victory.
After nearly 14 minutes of scoreless play, Blast defender Zach Wilkes gave the Blast a 2-0 lead late in the first quarter.
Shaun David thrilled the Vipers' fans with a goal to tie the game at 2-2 and an acrobatic goal celebration just 19 seconds into the the second quarter but the Blast knocked in the next three goals to jump out to a 9-2 lead. Lucio Gonzaga scored the first of three straight Blast goals, followed by Carlos Garcia and Pat Healey. Healey's three-pointer made it 9-2 midway through the quarter but Ricardinho ended the Blast's scoring spree with a goal to cut the Blast lead to 9-4 heading into the halftime intermission.
Ricardinho scored two more goals in the third quarter, the first goal cut the Blast lead to 9-6 and the second made it 11-8. Millwood earned the Blast's first shootout goal of the season, in between Ricardinho's goals and following a boarding penalty on Vipers goalkeeper Jose Bontti, to extend the Blast lead to 11-6. Max Ferdinand, the 2010 MISL Rookie of the Year, scored his second goal in as many games to give the Blast some breathing room, making it 13-8 at the end of the quarter.
Veteran defender Pat Morris scored his first goal in a Blast uniform to make it 15-8 before Aurinei Parisotto scored the last goal of the game to seal Baltimore's 15-10 victory.
Sunday was the first of four games between the Blast and the Vipers.
The Blast will return to 1st Mariner Arena on December 11 and December 18 to host the Missouri Comets and Omaha Vipers, respectively.
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