MISL NEWS RELEASE: Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Rochester’s Miller Named Player of the Week
Nine-point night helped Lancers take overtime victory against Chicago
The Major Indoor Soccer League announced that Rochester Lancers forward Doug Miller had been named the league’s Player of the Week for the second week of the 2012-13 season. Miller scored nine points as the Lancers took a thrilling 18-16 overtime victory against the Chicago Soul, their first of the season.
Miller scored twice in the first quarter, including one from the penalty spot, as he led the Lancers to a 6-0 lead after the opening 12 minutes. After Chicago had wrested control away, scoring 12 consecutive points to take a commanding lead, Mauricio Salles and Miller led the Lancers’ comeback with each scoring from 3-point range to tie the game 12-12.
Miller then appeared to have given his side a late victory, scoring his fourth goal of the game with 43 seconds remaining, but while the Soul were able to force overtime through Roberto Gallo’s strike, the Lancers were able to take victory in the extra session through Rey Martinez.
Miller now sits in fourth place in the league with 12 points, two behind league leaders Andrew Hoxie of Wichita and Carlos Muñoz of Chicago. After recording 66 points a season ago, he appears to be well on track to another standout season at the age of 43.
Joining Miller on the MISL Team of the Week is a pair of players from the Baltimore Blast, with defender Pat Healey and midfielder Lucio Gonzaga both being honored as they helped their side maintain its perfect start to the season against Chicago and Syracuse. Healey scored twice in Baltimore’s 17-9 victory against the Soul on Friday night, while Gonzaga had a pair of four-point games, scoring twice in a 10-4 win against Syracuse on Saturday.
Milwaukee Wave goalkeeper Nick Vorberg was selected after a strong opening performance that saw him concede just two goals and make 15 saves in the Wave’s 12-4 win against Wichita. Chicago’s Christian Meza earned his place on the team after recording three goals in two games for the Soul, while Missouri’s Coady Andrew’s completed the lineup as he scored the game-winning goal in the Comets’ 13-11 overtime victory against the Wave on Sunday afternoon.
The 2012-13 MISL season continues on Friday night as the Milwaukee Wave visit the Baltimore Blast at 7:35 p.m. ET at 1st Mariner Arena, a rematch of the past two MISL Championship Series’. Also on Friday night, the Syracuse Silver Knights visit the Missouri Comets at the Independence Events Center for an 8:35 p.m. ET kickoff.
Saturday night sees Baltimore make their first road trip of the season as they visit the Blue Cross Arena to face the Rochester Lancers at 7 p.m. ET, while Sunday sees the Silver Knights complete their trip to the Midwest as they face the Wichita Wings at 4:05 p.m. ET at Hartman Arena.
All of this weekend’s action can be seen on MISLNation.com, with in-game updates available on Twitter (@MISLSoccer) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/MajorIndoorSoccerLeague).
MISL Team of the Week
GK Nick Vorberg, Milwaukee - Recorded 15 saves, conceding just twice, as the Wave defeated Wichita
D Pat Healey, Baltimore - Had a pair of goals in the Blast’s win against Chicago
D Coady Andrews, Missouri - Scored the game-winning overtime goal as the Comets beat Milwaukee
M Christian Meza, Chicago - Had three goals in two games to continue strong start
M Lucio Gonzaga, Baltimore - Had eight points in two games, including two goals against Syracuse
F Doug Miller, Rochester - Nine-point night powered Lancers to overtime win against Chicago
Honorable Mention – Baltimore: William Vanzela, Adauto Neto; Chicago: Bato Radoncic, Carlos Muñoz; Milwaukee: Hewerton, Jonathan Greenfield; Missouri: Byron Alvarez, Danny Waltman; Rochester: Mauricio Salles, Jeremy Ortiz.
United Soccer League acquired the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) in May, 2011 and will operate North America’s most stories and tradition-rich professional indoor soccer league beginning with the 2011-12 season. The MISL represents the top level of professional indoor soccer in North American and consists of seven franchises for 2011-12. The league roster includes franchises in Baltimore, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Norfolk, Rochester, Syracuse and Wichita.
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