MILWAUKEE - Blast rookie forward P.J. Wakefield was a late addition to the Major Indoor Soccer League All-Star Game, but he proved he belonged.
Wakefield scored two goals, Blast forward Denison Cabral added two assists and Blast defender Sean Bowers had a solid game, but the Eastern Conference fell to the Western Conference, 20-13, before 8,429 yesterday at the Bradley Center.
Wakefield, a rookie who played at UMBC, found out Tuesday that he would be a replacement for injured Cleveland Force forward Hector Marinaro. And he made the most of his opportunity, scoring two of the East's first three goals.
"I wasn't really expecting to be out here, so I tried to make the best of it and have some fun," Wakefield said. "Just to share the field with all these stars was a great honor."
After a lackluster and scoreless 11 minutes at the start, the game turned surprisingly ultra-competitive and intense. Kansas City Comets forward Dino Delevski earned Most Valuable Player honors as a result of his eight points on three goals and an assist, including the game-winning strike with 1:59 left.
The East trailed 12-6 going into the fourth quarter but stormed back to take a 13-12 lead with 5:12 to play. It forced the West to bring on a sixth attacker with about 2:30 remaining.
Off a restart, Delevski took a pass several feet behind the three-point arc and rifled a shot out of midair past Cleveland goalkeeper Jim Larkin to give the West a 15-13 lead.
East 2 2 2 7 - 13
West 5 2 5 8 - 20
First quarter: 1. West, Zotinca, 3 pt., (DaSilva), 11:14; 2. East, Ball, 2 pt., (Cabral), 11:38; 3. West, Delevski, 2 pt., (Farias), 12:31.
Second quarter: 4. East, Wakefield, 2 pt., 1:35; 5. West, Todd Dusosky, 2 pt., (Delevski), 8:19.
Third quarter: 6. West, Delevski, 2 pt., (Pernia), 2:58; 7. East, Wakefield, 2 pt., (D'Ambra), 8:08; 8. West, Ackah, 3 pt., 8:44. Penalties: West, Pernia(tripping), 9:43.
Fourth quarter: 9. East, Morris, 2 pt., (Cabral), 3:15; 10. East, Martinez, 2 pt., (PK), 6:50; 11. East, Martinez, 3 pt., 9:48; 12. West, Delevski, 3 pt., (Reiniger), 13:01; 13. West, Todd Dusosky, 2 pt., 14:48; 14: West, DaSilva, 3 pt., 14:56. Penalties: West, Zotinca (holding), 6:25; West, Ackah (tripping), 6:49. Shots on goal: East 6-14-12-12 44; West 3-10-12-7 32. Power-play opportunities: East 1-for-3; West 0-for-0. Goalkeepers: East, Pappas, 10 shots, 7 saves, Larkin, 16 shots, 13 saves; Ball 2 shots, 0 saves; West, Nogueira, 15 shots, 13 saves; Vorberg, 14 shots, 10 saves; Dusosky 0 shots, 0 saves. A: 8,429.