4:47 PM EST, February 15, 2013
Wichita Wings at Blast
When: Saturday night, 7:35 p.m.
Site: 1st Mariner Arena
Outlook: A four-game winning streak has the Blast (19-5) only a half-game behind the first-place Milwaukee Wave (17-2) as the Major Indoor Soccer League regular season winds down. After Saturday night's game against the Wings (7-14), the Blast will end its season at home against the Wave next Saturday in a game that could decide first place and the top seed in the playoffs. Last weekend, the Blast played well on the road — defeating the Wings, 17-11, on Feb. 8, then, hammering the Missouri Comets, 27-13, on Sunday. Seven players scored goals in the win over the Comets, led by a hat trick each from Adauto Neto and Ptah Myers. The Blast has won all three meetings against Wichita this season. The Blast is 10-1 this season at home, while the Wings are 1-7 on the road. The Blast will induct Tarik Walker into its Hall of Fame. Walker played 10 seasons in Baltimore, was captain for three championship teams (2003, 2004, 2006) and later served as an assistant coach. The Blast also is supporting Hope4Life, an international nonprofit organization founded by former player and current assistant coach David Bascome. The organization focuses on youth leadership development, and the Blast asks fans to donate new or used soccer balls and equipment (shinguards, socks, jerseys, shorts) at the game. All donations will be distributed to less-fortunate children in Africa, Mexico and Guatemala.
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