Led by Adauto Neto and Lucas Roque, the Blast earned a 22-13 victory in Game One of the MISL Semifinal Series Tuesday night against the Chicago Soul. Neto, the veteran, and Roque, the rookie, each recorded three goals. Game Two of the series is scheduled for Saturday night at 1st Mariner Arena.
The Soul jumped out to an early 2-0 lead but the Blast fought back to take a 6-4 lead into 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 2-2. 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.
The second quarter was more of the same as Neto extended the Blast lead to 8-4 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.
The action heated up in the fourth quarter as the team's 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.
MISL Championship Series
The winner of the Blast vs. Soul Semifinals will advance to the 2013 MISL Championship Series to face the winner of the Wave vs. Comets Semifinals.
Tickets for Saturday’s home MISL Semifinal Game against the Soul are available by calling 410-73-BLAST or by going to www.TicketMaster.com.