Anthony Maher led the KiXX attack with a pair of goals (Photo courtesy of Philadelphia KiXX).
Inspired Effort Displayed by Philadelphia in All Phases
Baltimore, Md. (Friday, December 18, 2009) – The fight of the Philadelphia KiXX (1-4) was strong tonight at 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore, but the Blast (3-1) eventually prevailed to pull out a tight 9-8 victory over the visiting KiXX. Cape May, New Jersey, native Anthony Maher led the Philadelphia attack with a pair of goals on the night, with goalkeeper Sanaldo turning away nine shots in net for the KiXX.
Baltimore struck first in this match when defender Jonathan Greenfield found forward Machel Millwood at 5:38 of the opening frame for a two-point tally, and the Jamaican native registered a second goal at 11:09 to extend the advantage to 4-0 in favor of the Blast. Maher then responded for Philadelphia by knocking in an unassisted notch at 12:41, and a 4-2 count stood as the first period came to a close.
After a couple of athletic saves by Sanaldo sent a wave of momentum into the play of the KiXX, defender Pat Morris slammed home a feed from Brazilian striker Adauto Neto at 9:18 of the second quarter to equalize for Philadelphia.
The KiXX started the second half with the same level of intensity that they were displaying before intermission, and a quick Ricardinho to Maher feed at 1:07 of the third stanza gave Philadelphia its first lead of the night, 6-4. An ensuing foul against the KiXX then resulted in a power play three-pointer by Baltimore midfielder Robbie Aristodemo at the five minute mark, and Millwood finished off a hat trick at 6:35 to put the Blast on top, 9-6. With his club in need, Philadelphia forward Leo Gibson answered at 8:49 on his team-leading sixth goal of the year, closing the gap to 9-8.
Both sides battled in the final 15 minutes of this contest with KiXX head coach Don D’Ambra pulling Sanaldo in favor of Ricardinho as the sixth attacker with 3:03 to go, but Philadelphia ultimately came up just short in an inspired effort in all phases of the game.
Next up for the KiXX will be its first game action in 2010 when the team travels to Monterrey, Mexico, to face La Raza on Sunday, January 3rd. Philadelphia will play its historic first home game at the Liacouras Center on the campus of Temple University on Saturday, January 9th, they will be hosting the Rockford Rampage at 7:00 p.m. Season and group ticket packages for the KiXX are available now by calling 1-888-888-KiXX.