by Van McNeil/Wave

The 7-time champion Milwaukee Wave dominated their MASL East Division rivals, the St. Louis Ambush, Friday night at The Family Arena with a 7-0-shutout victory. 

“Anytime you get a shutout in indoor soccer it’s very special,” said Milwaukee Wave Forward Ian Bennett after the game.  “It doesn’t happen all the time but to do that you need everybody to on a high level defensively and offensively. It was just a fantastic team effort.”This is the Wave’s first shutout victory in five years, dating back to Saturday, January 20, 2018, when Milwaukee blanked the Syracuse Silver Knights at UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena, 6-0.“No one deserves it more than William Banahene,” said Head Coach Giuliano. “Look at the outstanding season he’s having and then you’ve got Augie Rey that has been backing him up and called upon tonight; coming in just 100% prepared and ready to go.”Late in the 3rd quarter Banahene was replaced by Augie Rey in goal after making an amazing diving save that took him out for the rest of the game. Before his injury Willy B had 13 saves on the night. Augie Rey finished out the rest of the game with an additional 7 saves.“Kudos to Tenzin Rampa who has been working with the goalkeepers,” exclaimed Oliviero. “He (Rampa) deserves a lot of credit for the way performed tonight, and in front of them our defense. Not just our defenders but defenders, midfield, forwards committed and wanting to see the goalies earn and get that shutout. I’m 100% happy for the goalkeepers and our team. Wish we could enjoy this one a little bit more but it’s about rest, recovery and getting to Baltimore safe for Saturday’s game.” “It’s a great rivalry between the Wave and Blast,” added Oliviero. “Two organizations that just seem to be successful year in and year out. We have a lot new guys that probably don't understand what goes into this rivalry and just how big it is outside of the standings but we’re going to do our best to get through to them tomorrow before kickoff. The great thing is they are young and they recover quickly and I don’t think they’ll have any issues getting up and down the field.”