Sandre Naumoski tallied a goal and an assist today (Photo by Contrast Photography).
KiXX Suffer Tight 14-12 Loss to Milwaukee in School Day Road Game
Milwaukee, Wisc. (Wednesday, March 17, 2010) – The Philadelphia KiXX (7-11) battled today at the U.S. Cellular Arena, but the first place Milwaukee Wave (13-6) were able to ride a mid-game 9-0 run to an eventual 14-12 victory. With the loss, the KiXX unfortunately finds itself eliminated from playoff contention.
Philadelphia entered this contest with a great sense of urgency, and forward Semir Mesanovic put the KiXX on the board at 11:42 of the opening frame on a restart notch, 2-0. Staying with the theme, midfielder Sandre Naumoski sent a restart ball to Joe Di Buono for a three-point knock just 20 seconds later, and Philadelphia took a 5-0 advantage into the quarter break.
At 4:14 of the second stanza, Milwaukee forward Ian Bennett set up a Josh Rife goal to make it 4-2, but the KiXX answered with a third straight restart score on an Adauto Neto to Pat Morris triple. Not only did the tally make the score 8-2 in favor of Philadelphia, the assist for Neto extended his point streak to 17 matches. No more balls would find the back of the net in the first half, and that 8-2 count stood until the teams went into the locker rooms for halftime.
The Wave came storming back in the third period, closing the gap to 8-6 on early goals from forward Brett Wiesner and Bennett. Both defenses then held strong the rest of the frame, and no more goals were scored.
Milwaukee was able to keep its offensive momentum rolling into the final 15 minutes of regulation and extended it scoring streak to 9-0 before a Shawn Boney to Morris deuce at 5:10 made it 11-10 in favor of the hosts. At the 8:39 mark, Wave defender Joe Hammes hit a three-pointer to give his side a four-point edge, and KiXX head coach Don D’Ambra then opted for Pat Morris as the sixth attacker at 2:24. The move paid dividends at 1:06, with Neto sending over a beautifully struck ball to Naumoski for two points. Philadelphia continued to push the tempo the rest of the way but was unable to equalize.
The KiXX will close out the season this weekend, first with another trip to Milwaukee on Saturday. The 2009-10 Philadelphia season finale will take place this Sunday, March 21st, at The Liacouras Center. In addition to a 4:05 p.m. hosting of the Baltimore Blast that day, Philadelphia will retire the #22 jersey of legendary KiXX goalkeeper Peter Pappas. A free Pappas jersey replica t-shirt will be given to the first 2,000 fans through the gates, courtesy of NBC-10. Tickets for that historic evening can be purchased today by calling 1-888-888-KiXX or by visiting www.ComcastTix.com.