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Blast tonight: Missouri Comets (7-3) at Blast (5-3)

By Glenn Graham, The Baltimore Sun

4:47 PM EST, December 15, 2011

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When: Friday, 7:35 p.m.

Site: 1st Mariner Arena

Video: http://www.MISLlivesoccer.com

Outlook: The Blast once again tries to rid itself of the home game blues, which have plagued the team in the early season. Last weekend, coming off a five-game road winning streak, the Blast dropped two home games that appeared in hand. On Friday, the Comets turned a 10-2 deficit into a 12-10 win with eight unanswered points in the fourth quarter. On Saturday, the Blast again couldn't protect a seemingly comfortable 9-4 advantage against Syracuse, falling 12-9 to go to 0-3 at 1st Mariner Arena. Some bad bounces attributed to those two setbacks, but the home team has to show more confidence and desire to close out teams. There is good news. Despite the home woes, the Blast remain in first place in the Major Indoor Soccer League's Eastern division — 1 1/2 games in front of second-place Syracuse. The Comets, second in the Central division, have the league's most potent offense — averaging 14.4 points per game. Last weekend, the Blast's defense had them bottled up for three-plus quarters. Veteran goalkeeper Sagu and defender Mike Lookingland are the Blast's anchors in back, with Max Ferdinand leading the way on offense with nine goals and five assists for a team-high 24 points. Last Friday, Ferdinand registered his third career hat trick against the Comets.

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