In the first of four games in 20 days between the Blast and the Norfolk SharX, the SharX earned a hard-fought 17-12 win. Miguel Ferrer led the SharX to their second victory of the season with one three-point goal and one two-point goal. Blast rookie J.T. Noone led Baltimore with two goals and rookies Nicki Paterson and Stephen DeRoux each added one goal.
The Blast took an early 2-0 lead on a goal from Noone but the SharX tied the game late in the quarter. The Blast took a 4-2 lead in the second quarter on a Shaun David goal before Gary Brooks and Marcos Schmidt scored to tie the game again then give the SharX their first lead of the game, 7-4.
The SharX scored three goals in the high-scoring third quarter to jump out to a 14-10 lead. Despite goals from Paterson and DeRoux to open the second half and regain a Blast lead (8-7), the SharX continued to fight hard, resulting in goals from Matthew Delicate and Gerson Dos Santos for an 11-8 lead. Noone scored his second goal of the night to cut the SharX lead to 11-10 but Ferrer answered with his second goal, a three-pointer, to extend Norfolk's lead to 14-10 heading into the final quarter of play.
Adriano Dos Santos scored for the Blast in the fourth quarter but James Gunderson knocked in a long-range three-point goal against Baltimore's sixth attacker to clinch the 17-12 victory.
Paterson, who saw his first game action, also recorded the assist to David in the second quarter.
Blast: 10-4, 1st Place Eastern Division
SharX: 2-11, 4th Place Eastern Division
The Blast started 2012 with home wins over the Syracuse Silver Knights and Rochester Lancers last weekend
The SharX, one of the four new MISL teams, started the season 0-9 before beating the Rochester Lancers, 18-16 on December 29, for their first MISL win.
Every remaining regular season Blast game, will be available via live webcast at www.MISLlivesoccer.com.
January 20 vs. Norfolk SharX
January 27 vs. Norfolk SharX
January 28 vs. Rochester Lancers
February 1 vs. Norfolk SharX
Tickets to all Blast home games are available at www.TicketMaster.com.