MKE WAVE ADVANCE TO MASL CENTRAL DIVISON CHAMPIONSHIP AFTER DEFEATING CHICAGO MUSTANGS SATURDAY AT UW-MILWAUKEE PANTHER ARENA.
Will face the defending champion Missouri Comets, Thursday, March 12th at Independence Events Center.
Your Six-Time Champion MKE Wave eliminated Chicago from the 2015 Major Arena Soccer League Ron Newman Cup Playoffs Saturday night by defeating the Mustangs in Game 2; (9-2) and Game 3; (2-1) in overtime at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena.
In Game 2 the Wave rolled passed the Mustangs with a final score of 9 to 2. It started out to be a back and fourth game in the first half, with Chicago scoring first and the Wave answering right back. At the end of the first half, the Wave had a 4-2 lead over the Mustangs, with goals coming from #18 Stefan St. Louis, #8 Bato Randoncic, #15 Tony Walls and #26 Ian Bennett.
The Wave were able to keep Chicago scoreless in the second half in Game 2, while the Wave added 5 more goals to their lead. 2 goals coming from #15 Tony Walls and #20 Marcelo Fontana and 1 goal from #23 Victor Quiroz.
With Chicago winning Game 1 and the Wave winning in Game 2, MKE forced the 15 minute Mini-Game 3.
9:35 into the game, the Wave were able to find the back of the net thanks to #26 Ian Bennett. But 2 minutes later, #11 Omar Santillan of the Chicago Mustangs scored the tying. With the score knotted up at 1 at the end of regulation of Game 3, we headed into a 15-minute Golden Goal overtime; first team to score wins the game. #26 Ian Bennett, unmarked in the corner, was able to turn, shoot and scored the game-winning goal, advancing the MKE Wave to the MASL Central Division Championship where they will the Missouri Comets, Thursday, March 12th.
Stay tuned to MilwaukeeWave.com for more information.
Head Coach Giuliano Oliviero on:
“I think it’s a big turning point for us as a team,” said Head Coach Giuliano Oliviero. “Chicago is the defending PASL Champions and they played with a lot of heart. They really wanted it. With that said, I can’t say enough about our players and what they brought to the field. The guys had a lot of fight and determination in them tonight."
On Goalkeeper Nick Vorberg…
“Vorberg returned from injury tonight and his experience in goal was huge. He made some big saves against Chicago.”
On Tony Walls…
“Tony Walls has been great all season. He started the year as a defender and then we moved him to target forward and wow! He works hard, doesn’t stop and gets better every game.”
On Ian Bennett…
“Ian Bennett scored in Game 3 and also scored the overtime winner. Couldn’t be prouder of him and a just a great all around team effort. We are looking forward to battling the Missouri Comets on Thursday.”
On getting ready for the MASL Central Division Championship against Missouri…
“They’re the champs. We’ve got a lot of respect for them but we don’t fear them. We are going in there with an attitude that we have nothing to lose and everything to gain. I think our guys are excited for that challenge on Thursday.”
BOXSCORE for Game 2- http://majorarenasoccer.stats.pointstreak.com/boxscore.html?gameid=2634246
SCORESHEET for Game 2- http://majorarenasoccer.stats.pointstreak.com/gamesheet_full.html?gameid=2634246
BOXSCORE for Game 3- http://www.pointstreak.com/prostats/boxscore.html?gameid=2636982
SCORESHEET for Game 3- http://majorarenasoccer.stats.pointstreak.com/gamesheet_full.html?gameid=2636982
2014-2015 MKE Wave Regular Season Schedule:
Road Opener: Saturday, November 8th – 7:35pm - at St. Louis Ambush – The Family Arena (WIN 8-4)
Saturday, November 15th – 7:05pm - Missouri Comets – Independence Events Center (LOSS 7-9)
Saturday, November 22nd – 6:05pm - at Detroit Waza Flo – Melvindale Arena (WIN 4-0)
Friday, November 28th – 7:35pm - at St. Louis Ambush – The Family Arena (WIN 8-4)
Saturday, November 29th – 7:05pm - at Chicago Mustangs – Sears Center (LOSS 4-5)
Home Opener: Saturday, December 6th – 6:05pm – vs. St. Louis Ambush – UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena (WIN 9-3)
Friday, December 12th – 6:35pm - at Baltimore Blast – Royal Farms Arena (LOSS 8-13)
Saturday, December 13th – 6:35pm - at Baltimore Blast – Royal Farms Arena (LOSS 10-14)
Saturday, December 20th – 1:05pm - vs. Tulsa Revolution - UW Milwaukee Panther Arena (WIN 9-3)
Saturday, December 27th – 1:05pm - vs. Detroit Waza Flo - UW Milwaukee Panther Arena (WIN 8-6)
Wednesday, December 31st – 3:05pm - vs. Missouri Comets - UW Milwaukee Panther Arena (LOSS 7-8 / OT)
Saturday, January 3rd – 6:05pm - vs. Rochester Lancers - UW Milwaukee Panther Arena (WIN 7-4)
Saturday, January 10th – 6:05pm - vs. Chicago Mustangs - UW Milwaukee Panther Arena (WIN 8-5)
Friday, January 16th – 7:05pm - vs. Baltimore Blast - UW Milwaukee Panther Arena (LOSS 3-5)
Saturday, January 24th – 5:05pm - at Detroit Waza Flo – Melvindale Arena (WIN 9-4)
Sunday, January 25th – 3:05pm - vs. Wichita B-52’s - UW Milwaukee Panther Arena (WIN 12-4)
Friday, February 6th – 7:05pm - at Tulsa Revolution – Expo Square Pavilion (WIN 13-3)
Saturday, February 7th – 7:05pm - at Wichita B-52’s – Hartman Arena (WIN 14-12)
Saturday, February 14th – 1:05pm - vs. Syracuse Silver Knights - UW Milwaukee Panther Arena (LOSS 9-10 / OT)
Saturday, February 21st – 6:05pm - vs. Detroit Waza Flo - UW Milwaukee Panther Arena (WIN 12-6).
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Major Arena Soccer League (MASL):
The Major Arena Soccer League (MASL) is the top level of arena soccer in North America. The league was known as the Professional Arena Soccer League when it began play on October 25, 2008. The circuit concluded its sixth season with the Chicago Mustangs claiming the Newman Cup on March 16. On May 19, 2014 the league was reintroduced as the MASL with 24 teams in the US and Mexico. The Premier Arena Soccer League (PASL-Premier) just concluded its 16th season as the nation's top amateur arena soccer league and is the official developmental league of the MASL. Both the MASL and PASL-Premier are members of Confederacion Panamerica de Minifutbol (CPM).