Blast shuts down Waza Flo, 26-0

The Detroit Waza Flo's bus broke down on the way to their game vs. the Blast. Then their night got worse.

The Detroit Waza Flo didn't make it to Baltimore on time for its game against the Blast on Friday night after the team's bus broke down because of a transmission problem.

Once the visitors did find their way to Royal Farms Arena, everything else broke down for them as well.

The Blast jumped all over its woefully ill-prepared opponent, scoring three two-point goals five minutes into game for an early advantage that quickly grew into a rout.

In rolling to a 26-0 shutout win before an announced crowd of 5,516, the Blast got scores from 11 players to improve to 2-0 in the Major Arena Soccer League's Eastern Division.

"We knew they were having some travel issues, so we wanted to jump on them early," Blast coach Danny Kelly said. "I thought we played well enough, but, to be honest, we should have had a few more early. ... At home, with a good crowd, we wanted to make a statement and I thought overall we played well. The team defense was very good and [goalie] William Vanzela made the saves when he had to. So overall, I thought it was a good result."

Lucas Roque led the way with four goals with Adauto Neto and Levi Houapeu each adding one goal and three assists. Vanzela finished with seven saves — including four in the fourth quarter to preserve the shutout.

The Blast returns home on Friday to take on the Harrisburg Heat at 7:35 p.m.

Detroit, also in the Eastern Division, fell to 1-2 on the season.

The only drama left for the second half was whether the Blast would maintain its shutout. Last year, the Blast had three shutouts, including a 29-0 win over the now-defunct Pennsylvania Roar on Dec. 21.

Detroit first stepped onto the field at 7:15 p.m. for the intended 7:35 start, which ended up delayed 25 minutes. On weary legs from the long travel day and with limited time to warm up, the team never had a chance.

The Blast regularly beat the Waza Flo up the field to gain numbers and the countless 2-on-1 advantages turned into goals with quality finishing.

Houapeu took a feed from Gonzaga for the opening goal 2:13 into play. Neto buried a poor clear with 10:40 left in the first half and then Tony Donatelli made it 6-0 on a set piece pass from Max Ferdinand 12 seconds later.

Roque scored consecutive goals early in the second quarter to make it 10-0 and added another in the final minute of the half as the Blast took a 16-0 lead into break.

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Detroit 0 0 0 0 -- 0

Blast 6 10 10 0 – 26

First quarter

Scoring: 1. Blast, Houapeu, 2 pt., (Gonzaga), 2:13; 2. Blast, Neto, 2 pt, 4:20; 3. Blast, Donatelli, 2 pt., (Ferdinand), 4:32

Penalties: Detroit, Cruz, (tripping), 12:48; Detroit, bench, (too many men), 14:39.

Second quarter

Scoring: 4. Blast, Roque, 2 pt., (Neto), pp., 1:16; 5. Blast, Roque, 2 pt., (Gonzaga), 4:47; 6. Blast, Dos Santos, 2 pt., (Neto), 7:36; 7. Blast, Melo, 2 pt., (Houapeu), 13:47; 8. Blast, Roque, 2 pt., (Pereira), 14:22

Penalties: Detroit, Lividini, (tipping), 8:19.

Third quarter

Scoring: 9. Blast, Gonzaga, 2 pt., (Houapeu), 2:20; 10. Blast, Dos Santos, 2 pt., (Neto), 4:22; 11. Blast, Deasel, 2 pt., (Houapeu), 12:18; 12. Blast, Forbess, 2 pt., 14:05; 13. Blast, Roque, 2 pt., 14:53

Penalties: Detroit, Quinn, (tripping), 7:27.

Fourth quarter

Scoring: None.

Penalties: Detroit, Djerisilo, (tripping), 6:40.

Shots: Detroit 1-2-4-6 -- 13; Blast 11-14-9-10 -- 44.

Power-play opportunities: Detroit 0-for-0; Blast 1-for-5.

Goalie saves: Detroit, Zani 5-7-3-8 -- 23; Blast, Vanzela 1-0-2-4 -- 7 .

A -- 5,516

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