The Major Indoor Soccer League continued to show strongly at the box office in its second weekend with more than 20,000 fans in attendance for the league’s four remaining home openers in Norfolk, Rochester, Baltimore and Milwaukee. That came on the back of almost 13,000 fans attending the opening weekend’s three games.
The Syracuse Silver Knights remain undefeated, the Milwaukee Wave open their title defense with a victory, and one of the best goals you’ll ever see, indoors or out, in this week’s MISL Review.
SILVER KNIGHTS ROLLING ALONG
There’s always a tempered sense of expectation when it comes to expansion teams in any league, but the Syracuse Silver Knights made a major statement this weekend with a pair of road victories to remain undefeated at 3-0.
The first of those victories might have been expected, a 14-point fourth quarter led by Slavisa Ubiparipovic, the brother of Montreal Impact player Sinisa, allowing the Silver Knights to run away late from the Norfolk SharX 23-7 on Friday night. The Silver Knights led by just a pair of points entering the fourth quarter, but Ubiparipovic’s four-goal night, which saw him score three in the final quarter, gave Syracuse a deserved victory.
The following night, though, the Silver Knights stunned the Baltimore Blast 18-7, scoring the first 13 points of the game. The Blast, who have a reconfigured squad this season, didn’t score until the fourth quarter, getting within 13-7 with three consecutive goals, but the rally came too late as a pair of empty-net goals put the game away for Syracuse. Alex Megson was the star for the Silver Knights, notching a hat trick, while Andre Berenzon continued his strong start and is now averaging five points-per-game.
WAVE CHALLENGED, BUT TAKE VICTORY
The Milwaukee Wave raised their fifth championship banner before their home opener against the Wichita Wings, but then got a serious test from the expansion side before Greg Howes’ goal with 2 minutes, 17 seconds to play eked out a 15-13 win at U.S. Cellular Arena.
The teams exchanged the lead four times, with Wichita holding a 9-5 lead at halftime before the Wave scored four consecutive goals to take a 13-9 lead midway through the third quarter. A pair of goals by the Wings’ Chris Lemons and Kevin Ten Eyke made it 13-13 as the fourth quarter began, which led to a tense final 15 minutes. Both teams had opportunities, but it was Howes who scored the decisive goal, rifling a shot inside the right post from the left side to give his side victory.
Despite the defeat, keeping them winless so far, the Wings are showing strong potential. They have now taken both teams in their division down to the wire, taking the Missouri Comets to overtime in the opening game of the season before being edged out by the Wave on Sunday.
COMETS CONTINUE STRONG START
The Missouri Comets conceded the most points in the MISL last season, something they were eager to change in their second season back in the league. After a high-scoring contest to open the season, where they were taken to overtime by Wichita, the Comets have tightened up considerably in their last two games, conceding just eight points.
The Comets stifled the Rochester Lancers with a 13-4 victory on Saturday afternoon as Ryan Junge had a five-point game and Vahid Assadpour added a pair of goals.
When the Lancers did find the back of the net, though, it was spectacular, with Mauricio Salles setting himself for a brilliant bicycle kick after a long ball off the end-wall by goalkeeper Neal Kitson.