Indoor soccer preview: Wings at Blast

Friday's game

Wichita Wings (1-4) at Blast (7-0)

Site: 1st Mariner Arena

When: Friday, 7:35 p.m.


Outlook: After opening the season with four impressive wins at home, the Blast hit the road and won three straight to take early hold of first place in the Major Indoor Soccer League. The team is doing everything very well with a balanced offense, responsible defense and sensational play in goal from rookies William Vanzela and Troy Hernandez. The teams met in Wichita on Nov. 23 with the Wings putting up a good fight before the Blast pulled away for a 5-8 victory. Machel Millwood (24 points) and Max Ferdinand (23) — who are 1-2 in the league in scoring — did most of the damage on offense to lead in the win. Millwood accounted for two goals and one assist, and Ferdinand had a goal and three assists. But it took fourth-quarter goals by Tony Donatelli and Mike Lookingland to secure the win after the Wings closed to within 10-8 in the fourth quarter. The biggest question mark for the Blast coming into the season was its uncertainty in goal, but it is quickly becoming a strength. Vanzela has three wins and leads the league with a 5.33 points-against average, while Hernandez is 4-0 with a 9.25 points-against average. Anrew Hoxie leads the Wings with 18 points, and the Blast will keep a close eye on Freddy Moojen, who finsihed with a team-high four points in the first meeting.

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