After beating Monterrey, Blast falls short in decisive MASL championship mini-game

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The @BaltimoreBlast again fell just short in its bid for an indoor-soccer championship Sunday.

The host Monterrey Flash defeated the Blast, 4-3, in overtime of a decisive Major Arena Soccer League championship series mini-game Sunday, securing a title on a sudden-death goal from Gustavo Rosales.

Arena Monterrey exploded when, with 5:32 left in the period, Rosales took a ball from outside the area and knocked a powerful shot past Blast goalkeeper William Vanzela.

After losing the series opener, Baltimore had won a close Game 2, 6-4, on Sunday. There was no lack of drama during the day. Two seconds from the end of the subsequent mini-game, with the Flash winning 3-2, Lucas Roque forced overtime with a goal after a mistake by the Monterrey defense.

"These people are worth it, and my boys, too. We work three hours a day. Some players abandoned us halfway through the season, but those who had to be here were here," said Genoni Martínez, a coach and player with the Flash.

The nearly 9,000 in attendance saw just over 84 minutes of indoor soccer, with the two teams playing to the best of their abilities. But ultimately, the Flash gave a masterclass in playing with heart and soul.

"We're sad, but it was a great match. With two teams giving their all, what can I say?" Blast coach Danny Kelly said.

Rosales was named Most Valued Player and given his prize before the the Flash received the Ron Newman Cup, marking the team's ascent to the league's throne.

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