The Blast put on another clinic Saturday night against the Pennsylvania Roar, showcasing its depth and talent against the first-year franchise.
One day after dismantling the Roar, 21-2,, the Blast surged to a 29-0 victory in the second game of the home-and-home series before an announced 5,638 at Baltimore Arena. It was the Blast's largest margin of victory since beating Massachusetts, 37-5, on Feb. 14, 2009.
“Any time you can get a shutout, it's a tremendous team effort,” Blast coach Danny Kelly said. “I though the boys played well defensively. Another important win for us. But it's just one game.”
Baltimore, the defending Major Indoor Soccer League champion, improved to 4-2 on the season with its third consecutive win. The Blast also has two shutouts in three home games this season.
Max Ferdinand led the Blast with four goals, while Drew Yates (Maryland) and Freddy Moojen each scored twice. Mike Lookingland (Loyola High) had a 3-point goal and three assists, reaching 200 career points with the franchise.
“It's been a lot of hard work,” said Lookingland, who is in his ninth season with the team. “I've been lucky because I've played with a lot of great players. I got a little lucky tonight because I got my first goal this season. It's nice.”
The Blast wasted little time setting the tone, taking a 2-0 lead less than two minutes into the game on a 2-point goal by Moojen. Baltimore continued to dominate, and led 8-0 at the end of the first quarter on goals by Tony Donatelli, Ferdinand and Yates.
Another goal by Yates just 57 seconds into the second quarter increased the margin to 10-0. The Roar could do little against Baltimore's tight defense, managing just four shots midway through the first half.
Goals by Ferdinand, Diego Zuniga and Moojen in a one-minute span pushed the Blast's lead to 16-0 at the break.
“We've been playing fairly well,” Kelly said. “We just have to be consistent. We have guys who can put the ball in the back of the net.”
Baltimore continued to dominate as Ferdinand scored twice more and Marco Mangione (Calvert Hall, Towson) added another goal early in the third quarter for a 22-0 lead. The Blast would add another three goals, including the 3-pointer by Lookingland, to close out the dominant victory.
“We're still trying to find our way a little bit,” Lookingland said. “Defense has always been the key for us. We've given up two points in three games. That's almost unheard of. This is something really special we got going on. Everybody is buying in.”
Pennsylvania 0 0 0 0 -- 0
Blast 8 8 11 2-- 29
Scoring: 1. Blast, Moojen, 2 pt. (Zuniga), 1:17; 2. Blast, Donatelli, 2 pt., (Roque), 3:57; 3. Blast Ferdinand, 2 pt. (unassisted) 7:55; 4. Yates, 2 pt., (Healey), 10:15
4. Blast, 5. Yates, 2 pt., (Lookingland), :57; 6. Blast, Ferdinand, 2 pt., (Healey), 7:42; 7. Blast, Zuniga, 2 pt., (Lookingland), 7:57. 8. Blast, Moojen, 2 pt, (No one), 8:44
9. Blast, Ferdinand, 2 pt (DeRoux), 2:14; 10. Blast, Mangione, 2 pt., (Deasel), 4:05; 11. Blast, Ferdinand, 2 pt., (Roque) 5:05, 12. Blast, Lookingland, 3 pt., (Ferdinand), 7:00; 13. Blast, Gonzaga, 2 pt. (Lookingland), 9:44.
Penalty: Pennsylvania, Thomas (tripping), 5:49; Pennsylvania, Williams, (tripping), 7:44
14. Roque, 2 pt., (DeRoux), 6:24;
Shots on goal: Pennsylvania 2-2-5-2- 11; Blast 7-11-12-12 – 42.
Power-play opportunities: Pennsylvania X-for-X; Blast 2-for-2.
Goalie Saves: Pennsylvania, Krotee 25, Thomas 2; Blast, Vanzela 8.
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