Road Woes Continue for Ironmen

The New Jersey Ironmen continue to have problems on the road (Photo by Rich Graessle)
Wave Defeat Ironmen in Saturday Night Contest in Milwaukee

Milwaukee, Wis. (Saturday, January 24, 2009) – The road continues to be a tough battleground for the New Jersey Ironmen (3-4). In the first contest of a two-game weekend for New Jersey, the Milwaukee Wave (5-3) bettered the Ironmen by a count of 22-12 tonight at the U.S. Cellular Arena in Milwaukee.

Goalkeeper Nick Vorberg returned to the turf to make his first start of the season for Milwaukee in this Saturday night match-up, playing opposite New Jersey goalkeeper Brett Phillips. Veteran midfielder Goran Vasic put up the first points of the year against Vorberg at 9:55 of the opening frame to give the visiting Ironmen an early 2-0 advantage, but Chico equalized for the Wave at 2:59 to even the tally at two each after the opening 15 minutes of play.

Milwaukee then struck twice at the beginning of the second quarter to go up by four points, 6-2, with midfielder Travis McKenzie scoring at 14:31 and forward Marco Terminesi hitting a two-pointer 23 seconds later. A Chile Farias to Evan McNeley feed at 4:41 brought New Jersey within a single notch, 6-4, and the Chilean playmaker then set up Lucio Gonzaga, the leading scorer in the XSL, at 1:38 to equalize for the Ironmen. After a McKenzie notch at 1:26, the home team took an 8-6 lead into intermission.

New Jersey looked solid at the start of the second half, equalizing at 12:41 on a nice looking volley from defender Rey Martinez to Gonzaga, and then regaining the advantage, 10-8, on an Adauto Neto goal at 11:19. The Wave then answered by railing off three goals to finish the third quarter with a 14-10 edge.

Milwaukee entertained their home crowd in the fourth frame with the only Ironmen knock coming at 3:48 on a Shawn Boney penalty kick. The Wave put a pair of triples and a two-pointer into the back of the net in the period to cap off the 22-12 victory.

The rest of the weekend will not get any easier for New Jersey as they will catch an early flight to Detroit in the morning for a 4:35 p.m. kickoff with the first-place Ignition. Detroit is currently riding a 13-game winning streak on their home pitch. The Ironmen will return to Prudential Center on Sunday, February 8th, for a 1:00 faceoff with the Chicago Storm. Tickets for that match-up are available now by calling 1-800-IRONMEN.

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