The Wichita Wings of the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) lost a tough fought battle tonight against Central Division opponent the Milwaukee Wave, 16-13 at Hartman Arena Thursday night.
With both teams taking away wins in last weekend's double header, it was apparent in the first quarter that both were out for the win. Milwaukee struck first with a Marcio Leite two pointer (assisted by Marco Terminesi) to put the Wave up 2-0. Wings Forward Jamar Beasley responded with an assisted Alex Moseley goal to tie the game two-a-piece.
Tension began to show between the teams in the second quarter. Wings Defender Brian Cushing scored just 30 seconds in putting the Wings in the lead for the first time, up 4-2. However the lead did not last long. Uncontested goals by Wave players Giuliano Oliveriro, Marcio Leite, and Greg House put the Wave up 10-4 with 5:30 left to play. Aggression arose between Wings Bryan Perez and Milwaukee’s Giuliano Oliveiro and Marco Terminesi as all three were Blue Carded 2 minute penalties for pushing. Victor Quiroz responded for the Wings with a three pointer to put the Wings back into the game, but a final goal in the quarter by Milwaukee's Jonathan Greenfield silenced the Wichita crowed of 2,538 going into halftime as the Wave lead 12-7.
Apprehension, as well as scoring cooled in the third quarter. Wave Forward Greg Howes scored an unassisted two pointer, followed by a three pointer for Wings Defender Victor Quiroz, his second of the evening. Heading into the fourth quarter, Milwaukee led 14-10.
Whatever peace that remained between the two teams shattered in the final quarter as both fought hard for the win. Milwaukee's Nicolas Perera scored an unassisted two pointer early in the quarter, but tensions reached a high point at the 7:54 mark. Wings Midfielder Kevin Ten Eyck was handed a Red Card for violent conduct, ejecting him from the game. Following the ejection, Wichita fought hard to regain focus and control of the game. Wings Defender Larry Inlow made the first push with an unassisted three pointer (with a six attacker on-field) during a restart to bring the Wings within three. The sixth attacker remained on field for the final three minutes of play; however the last push was not enough. As the seconds wound down, the Wings felt the realization of another tough fought loss to the Wave.
The Wings return to action on February 4th when they take on the Rochester Lancers at home in Hartman Arena.