D'Ambra had four points on a three-pointer and an assist.
Philadelphia Forward Ptah Myers Reaches 150 Career Points in Victory
Philadelphia (Saturday, February 20, 2010) – The Philadelphia KiXX (5-6) won its fourth game in five matches tonight, riding a 10-point fourth quarter to an 18-17 win over La RaZa de Monterrey (9-7) at the Liacouras Center. Player/coach Don D’Ambra provided the KiXX with a thrilling three-pointer late in the match with Ricardinho on as the sixth attacker, and Philadelphia held on the rest of the way to take the critical victory.
KiXX defender Rey Martinez got the scoring started in this match when he put away a feed from D’Ambra at 5:43 of the first quarter, bringing his career total to 25 goals. At the 8:35 mark, U.S. National Futsal Team midfielder Sandre Naumoski headed home a nice chip from forward Adauto Neto to give Philadelphia a 4-0 advantage, but a Genoni Martinez to Yotsi Martinez goal at 9:14 closed the gap to 4-2. Monterrey striker Mark Ughy then equalized for La Raza at 10:45 and scored a second notch at 14:15 to give La RaZa a 6-4 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The second period of this game was dominated by defense, but Monterrey was able to stretch its advantage to 8-4 at the 11:52 mark when midfielder Chile Farias scored a Genoni Martinez ball.
KiXX points leader Neto ended the Philadelphia scoring drought in the third quarter when the Brazilian playmaker weaved his way through traffic for an unassisted tally at 1:32, making it 8-6 in favor of the road club. La RaZa then went on a 6-0 run before a Ricardinho to David Castellanos knock at 10:21 hung a 14-8 count on the scoreboard.
The KiXX continued to battle in the fourth stanza, and a Naumoski to Ptah Myers goal at 3:23 edged Philadelphia closer to Monterrey, 14-10. The two points gave Myers 150 for his career and kick started a huge run for the hometown team. First, a Naumoski to Neto notch at 8:32 made it 14-12, and the KiXX eventually pulled goalkeeper Sanaldo in favor of Ricardinho as the sixth attacker. With 2:28 left on the clock, the crafty Brazilian sent a ball to D’Ambra on the right flank, and the veteran forward pounded the ball home to give Philadelphia a 15-14 advantage and send the hometown crowd into a fury. KiXX defender Ryan Heins then nailed an open net triple to stretch the gap to 18-14, but Genoni Martinez hit a three of his own just seconds later to make it a one-point game again. The Philadelphia defense then buckled down to hold on for the big win, 18-17.
With the victory, the KiXX move into a two-way tie with the Baltimore Blast (6-7) for third place and are just 1.5 games out of first place in the Major Indoor Soccer League standings. Philadelphia now hits the road for a Sunday meeting with the Milwaukee Wave (8-6) at 5:00 p.m. tomorrow evening and will return to the City of Brotherly Love on Sunday, February 28th, to face the Blast at 4:05 p.m. Tickets for that match are available now by calling 1-888-888-KiXX or by visiting www.ComcastTix.com.