Blast earn decisive win against top-seeded Wave

by Jacob Schindel

Towson, MD. – The Baltimore Blast defeated the Milwaukee Wave 11-4 for their third-straight win. The Blast played in front of a sold-out crowd as they took down the Eastern Division's top team and tied their season-high for goals scored. 

The game got started when Tony Donatelli barely missed on a shot in the first minute of the game, but Moises Gonzalez tied it up with a kick that found the back of the net. The Blast took a 1-0 lead which was diminished after a goal by Stuart Gable, assisted by Luan Oliveira.

Two more goals within the span of two minutes broke the game open for the Wave, who took a 3-1 lead. A strike from Roque cut the Blast deficit back to one. Ricardinho Sobreira got credited with the assist. 

The equalizer came on a Blast goal after Juan Pereira sent it into the box and Milwaukee's Grable accidentally tipped it into the net. With less than a minute remaining in the opening quarter, Patrick Thompson found himself open and put the ball past William Banahene for the goal. The first quarter ended with the Blast up 4-3. No player on either team recorded more than one point in the quarter despite the seven goals.

The Blast took a 5-3 after Thompson scored his second goal of the night early in the second quarter, with Max Ferdinand picking up the assist. After over 10 scoreless minutes, the Blast ended the drought after Roque crossed the ball and found Jonatas Melo for the goal. The Blast led 6-3 at halftime. 

Patrick Thompson led the way for the Blast with two goals in the first half, while Roque recorded a goal and an assist. For Milwaukee, five players were tied with one point in the first half. 

Donatelli was able to find the net and gave Baltimore a 7-3 goal after the pass from Gonzalez. The Blast took their 7-3 lead into the final quarter, with goalkeeper William Vanzela shutting down the Wave over the second and third quarter. 

The Blast scored two early goals in the fourth quarter to all but put the game away. After goals from Roque and then Sobreira, the Blast took a 9-3 lead. For the team's tenth goal of the game, Josh Hughes sent it into Gonzalez who picked up his second goal of the night.

Jamie Thomas got in on the action after scoring a goal with under three minutes remaining. Hughes recorded the assist to give the Blast an 11-3 lead. The game ended at 11-3, with the Blast winning their third-straight win while also scoring at least 10 goals in their last three games. 

The Blast return to action on Sunday, Feb. 19 at home against the Harrisburg Heat. kickoff is scheduled for 5:05 p.m.