Wave win over Wings, 16-13, 699th win for head coach
MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Wave and Wichita Wings split a pair of games over the weekend leaving the Wave intent on bringing home a win Thursday night. The 16-13 win secured the 699th all-time win for head coach, Keith Tozer. Tozer will look to become the first indoor professional soccer coach to ever reach the impressive 700 win milestone this Sunday at the US Cellular Arena.
The Milwaukee Wave opened the scoring on a Marcio Leite goal which was the Wave’s 100th goal of the season. Jamar Beasley of the Wings struck back bringing it back to even terms at 2-2 where it remained at the end of the first quarter. The second quarter proved very eventful with seven goals and three blue cards. Brian Cushing scored quickly in the second quarter giving the Wings the lead. Giuliano Oliviero answered scoring on the rebound to make it a 4-4 game. Leite’s second goal of the night came on a breakaway goal. The Wave continued their strike with a Marco Terminesi goal followed by a Greg Howes blast giving the Wave a 10-4 lead. The Wings went on the first power play of the night after the Wave’s Oliviero and Terminesi and the Wing’s Perez received a blue card for pushing. The Wings cashed in with 3 seconds left in the power play as Victor Quiroz 3-point goal cutting the Wave’s lead to 10-7. The Wave responded with Jonathan Greenfield goal extending the lead to 12-7 going into the halftime.
Howes recorded his second goal of the night giving the Wave a 14-7. The Wings continue to battle back with as Quiroz scored his second 3-point goal of the night cutting the Wave’s lead to four points at 14-10 to end the third quarter. The Wave added to their lead through a Nick Perera goal which made it 16-10. The intensity of the game continued with the second scuffle of the night resulting in the Wave’s Marcel Feenstra and JP Rodrigues receiving blue cards and the Wing’s Ten Eyck receiving a red card for violent conduct and therefore ejected from the game. The Wings add a sixth attacker and capitalize with a 3-point goal by Larry Inlow cutting the lead to 3 points. The Wave was able to hold off any further attack and win 16-13.
The Milwaukee Wave plays next at home at the US Cellular Arena on January 29th at 3:00 p.m.