MKE WAVE LOSE HOME OPENER IN OVERTIME SATURDAY NIGHT
The 7-time Champion Milwaukee Wave suffered a heartbreaking loss in overtime Saturday night to the Florida Tropics.
Final Score: Milwaukee Wave 4, Florida Tropics 5.
“It’s not what you want to happen on an opening night, after the dropping of the championship banner and getting your rings,” said Milwaukee Wave Head Coach Giuliano Oliviero. “But this is what happens in professional sports. It’s a tough one without a doubt. Florida was the better team tonight, they deserved what they got.”
It was a close game all the way through with goals from:
Period Time Strength Team Scorer (Assists) Total
1st 07:50 ES Milwaukee Chad Vandegriffe (Max Ferdinand) 1 - 0 Wave
2nd 06:49 ES Florida Antonio Manfut (Joey Tavernese) 1 - 1 Tie
2nd 14:27 ES Milwaukee Guilherme Veiga (Marcio Leite) 2 - 1 Wave
3rd 05:02 ES Florida Rafa Alves 2 - 2 Tie
3rd 09:57 ES Florida Zach Reget (Ricardo Carvalho) 2 - 3 Tropics
3rd 11:16 ES Milwaukee Alex Bradley (Luan Oliveira) 3 - 3 Tie
3rd 13:53 ES Milwaukee Guilherme Veiga (Marcio Leite) 4 - 3 Wave
4th 06:26 ES Florida Ricardo Carvalho (Victor Parreiras) 4 - 4 Tie
OT1 02:42 ES Florida Guilherme Dos Santos (Ricardinho Sobreira)
“I thought our experience and mentality that knows how to win kept us in the game but it wasn’t enough.” added Oliviero. “For us, this loss is fuel for the fire. I think we can rebound from this and become better team.”
Immediately after the game, the Milwaukee Wave met their fans for a post-game autograph session, showered, changed, ate some food and hopped on a bus for St. Louis.
“We’re playing a team that hasn’t played a game this weekend,” said Olivierio. “We can come up with a million excuses but were not going to do that. We just have to get the job done tomorrow in St. Louis.”
Milwaukee and St Louis tangle at 5:05pm CST from The Family Arena in Independence, Missouri.
You can watch the game LIVE & for FREE! via MASLtv at MASLSoccer.com
The Wave returns home on Tuesday, December 31st for the annual New Year’s Eve game against one of the newest teams in the MASL, the Mesquite Outlaws.
Kick-off is scheduled for 3:07pm from UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena.
Get tickets and more information at MilwaukeeWave.com