Blast beaten; Neto scoreless in return

The Blast's drive toward a playoff berth hit a detour last night and the return of Adauto Neto was not sufficient to put the team back on course.

Second-place Detroit capitalized on its long-range shooting and a number of narrow misses by the Blast to score an important 10-6 victory, its eighth in the past 11 games.


The result left the expansion Ignition with a 4-1 advantage in the season series, including two wins at 1st Mariner Arena.

Neto, the Major Indoor Soccer League's Most Valuable Player last season, made his 2007 debut by taking regular shifts, but did not score as the Blast's two-game winning streak ended.


The Blast (7-9) fell to 2-2 on its current five-game homestand and 6-3 overall at the arena before 9,622 fans, the second largest crowd of the season, on Scout Night.

Detroit never trailed in the game after Novi Marojevic drilled a three-point goal on the power play after a second-quarter tripping penalty against Carlos Garcia. Some outstanding goaltending by Sagu kept the Blast in contention until the MISL's leading scorer, Jamar Beasley, split two defenders to make it 10-4 and forced a sixth attacker into the Baltimore lineup.

Beasley, who leads the league with 66 points, has 17 against the Blast.

"We got beat by a better team," Blast coach Danny Kelly said. "We were in it for a while and ultimately only gave up four goals. But we're still making too many mistakes."

Sagu was largely responsible for keeping it competitive, making 19 stops in 23 shots to only enhance his league-leading save percentage. Machel Millwood paced the losing attack with two goals, including the last one, and one assist.

Neto said he "felt good, but was just off a little bit. I hadn't played a game yet, and I have to be patient. It was good to be on the field."

He added that Detroit (11-7) is a strong team that is "very organized and fast. They had a good draft and got a lot of experienced players. They get their chances and finish them."

The Ignition has another showdown today with first-place Philadelphia, which was beaten by Chicago at home last night.


"Every game for us from now on is crucial," Kelly said.

Detroit 0 3 5 2 -- 10

Blast 0 2 2 2 -- 6

First quarter: Scoring: None. Penalties: None.

Second quarter: Scoring: Detroit, Marojevic (Ricardinho), 10:20 (3 pt. goal); Blast, Cabral (Millwood), 12:15. Penalties: Blast, Garcia, 9:50; D, 5-misconduct, 12:15; D, Farias, 13:41.


Third quarter: Scoring: Detroit, Greenfield (Ricardinho), 3:21; Detroit, Greenfield (Farias), 6:30 (3 pt. goal); Blast, Millwood (Regis), 9:53; Penalties: Detroit, 5-minute misconduct, 10:04; Blast Lookingland, 12:59; Blast, Millwood, 13:11.

Fourth quarter: Scoring: Detroit, Beasley (unassisted), 10:40; Blast, Millwood (Celenza), 14:12. Penalties: None.

Shots on goal: Detroit 6-2-11-6--25; Blast 5-3-9-8--25. Saves: Blast, Sagu 19, Aristodemo 1; Detroit, Sanaldo 22. Penalty kicks: Detriot 0-of-0; Blast 0-of-0. Shootout conversions: Detroit 0-of-0; Blast 0-of-0. Power plays: Detriot 1-of-3; Blast 0-of-3. Att.: 9,622.