Mobilio to make pitch to play tonight


Domenic Mobilio flew to St. Louis yesterday and will attempt to play tonight against the St. Louis Storm.

That's the good news for the Baltimore Blast, because Mobili(sprained left ankle) is the team's second-leading scorer and always plays well at St. Louis Arena.

Baltimore (17-16) is 10-0 against the Storm (20-13) since the team entered the Major Soccer League as an expansion franchise last season.

The bad news is the Blast still can't beat the Cleveland Cruncin Cleveland and is being hurt by mistakes that lead to key goals by the opposition.

A two-minute holding penalty against Baltimore defender MikReynolds 11 minutes, 28 seconds into the fourth quarter Wednesday night led to a Cleveland power-play goal that halted a Blast rally and sent the Crunch on the way to an 8-5 victory.

Baltimore had scored three straight goals to reduce thCleveland lead to 6-4 at 8:30 of the fourth quarter.

But the Reynolds penalty gave Crunch forward Hector Marinara chance to score and run the lead to 7-4 and end any visions the Blast had of winning for the first time this season at Richfield Coliseum.

Baltimore coach Kenny Cooper said, "Like Bruce Savage sailast week, it isn't the same mistake or the same player who is making the mistake, but there is always one mistake near the end of a game that is causing us to lose."

Those mistakes have helped overshadow some outstanding plathe past 10 games by Tim Wittman (12 goals, 10 assists) and in the last six games by Rusty Troy (three goals, three assists).

Wittman had two goals and one assist and Troy two goals in thsetback to Cleveland.

Wittman said of the loss: "We played better than we did the firstwo times there. We could have been beaten, 20-2 and 12-3 [instead of 11-2 and 9-3] in those games. We got back in this game and never should have been down 6-1.

"Give Cleveland credit," he said. "They're playing much betterWe're making some progress in Cleveland but we still have to adjust to playing on a bigger field at Cleveland."

The Baltimore Arena field is 180 feet long, and the Cleveland field is a few feet longer than the regulation 200 feet.

Blast tonight


Opponent: St. Louis Storm

Site: St. Louis Arena, 8:35 p.m.

Radio: WCAO (600 AM)

Outlook: F Domenic Mobilio (sprained left ankle) returns to action after missing one game, but MF Mike Stankovic (sore right foot) will miss his second straight game. St. Louis will be without F Claudio De Oliveira (ruptured right Achilles' tendon. The Storm has won seven of its past 10 but is 0-10 against Baltimore since joining the MSL as an expansion team last season. The Storm is well-rested, having been off since a 7-6 overtime victory over Kansas City a week ago. The Blast is playing its second game in 48 hours, losing to Cleveland, 8-5, Wednesday night at the Richfield Coliseum.

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