Blast sweep short road trip, down Lancers 9-1
ROCHESTER, NY (January 31, 2020) – The Blast were heading into the second game of a back-to-back set as they shutout the Orlando SeaWolves the night before. This was the first matchup between the Blast and Lancers since late December when the Blast shutout the Lancer 11-0. William Vanzela moved into sole possession of most career shutouts in indoor soccer history in that game. Both teams were every different since their last matchup. The Blast added some new players and the Lancers have put together better outings.
The Blast came out early creating constant pressure and the majority of the quarter was played in the Lancers defensive zone. Despite the constant pressure, the Blast were only able to connect on one goal. Tony Donatelli opened the scoring at the 7:50 mark in the first quarter. The Lancers had several chances but were unable to capitalize on the opportunities. At one point, they hit the ball off the post in consecutive shots.
Early in the second quarter, Juan Pereira extended the lead to two goals on a penalty kick. At the 8:34 mark of the quarter, Pereira was able to capitalize on a poor clearing attempt to net his second goal of the game and push the lead to 3-0. The Lancers’ defense made several key stops to help keep them in the game, one called the save of the year when Lancer midfielder Gary Boughton went sliding through the box to stop a shot on an open goal. The Blast took a three-goal lead into the half.
The Blast started the second half in a conservative style of play focusing on strong defensive play. This led to a new MASL record for holding a team to no shots to start the game as the Lancers registered their first shot on goal 31:23 into the game. Later in the third quarter, the Blast resumed their pressure and added to their lead. Pereira collected his third goal of the game on his second penalty kick of the night. Donatelli would follow up with two power play goals in the span of 2:35.
In the fourth quarter, Mike Da Silva scored his first goal as a member of the Blast when he bounced the ball off the wall and deflected off a Lancer defender. The Lancers finally got on the board when Anthony Rozzano scored off the reset at the of the box. The Blast would go on to score two more goals in the final three minutes of the game. Vini Dantas scored his 21st goal of the season and Pereira finished the game by scoring his fourth of the night. The Blast won by the score of 9-1.
The Blast return home to SECU Arena on Saturday February 8th at 6:05pm to take on the Rochester Lancers. It is First Responders Night and special game worn jerseys will be auctioned off. On Sunday February 9th, the Blast host the Orlando SeaWolves at 5:05pm. Tickets are still available. You can call the ticket office at 410-732-5278 or at ticketmaster.com. Follow the Blast on social media for scores and updates.
MASL Match Report January 31, 2020
Baltimore Blast @ Rochester Lancers: The Dome
Kickoff: 7:00p.m. ET
Quarter 1 2 3 4 F
Baltimore 1 2 3 3 9
Rochester 0 0 0 1 1
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