Storm ’04-’05 Summaries

(I recently discovered a text file I had apparently created years ago that had the original press releases and scoring summaries of every game from the Chicago Storm’s inaugural season in the Major Indoor Soccer league back in 2004-2005 – the year I was their TV and internet play-by-play announcer. I thought it made sense to preserve it here for posterity. I’ll add links to audio and video at some point, to give you the full idea of what it was like to experience that strange, crazy and wonderful season.)

EDIT (1/22/2011): I have added highlights of the seven television games to their respective summaries.

Game 1 | Saturday Oct 23, 2004
Chicago Storm Drops Inaugural Game 8-3 to Milwaukee
Forward Byron Alvarez Scores First-Ever Goal in Storm History


MISL 1 2 3 4 F
Milwaukee Wave 4 0 2 2 8
Chicago Storm 1 1 1 0 3

Chicago (Saturday, October 23, 2004) – The Chicago Storm (0-1) dropped their inaugural game to the Milwaukee Wave (1-0), 8-3 tonight at the UIC Pavilion. Storm Forward Byron Alvarez scored the first goal in Storm history. The teams will face-off again next Friday, October 29 at 7:05 p.m. CT, live on Comcast Sports Net and available via internet radio at www.chicagostorm.net.

In the first quarter, Milwaukee got off to a quick start scoring first when Todd Dusosky hooked up with his brother Troy off a restart goal that found the back of the net giving the Wave a quick 1-0 lead 2:58 into the quarter. The Storm answered quickly when defender Gaston Pernia found Alvarez streaking down the left side. Alvarez slid past one defender and toe-poked the Storm’s first goal in history. Milwaukee found the net three more times in the quarter to take a 4-1 lead on Chicago.

The second quarter featured only one goal coming from Storm defender/midfielder Leo Pernia as he rocketed a shot into the upper left corner after collecting a loose ball. The goal cut the Wave lead to 4-2.

The Storm gained some momentum at the start of the third quarter when Novica “Novi” Marojevic gathered a pass from Chris Carrieri and blasted a shot past Wave goalkeeper Nick Voreberg, putting the “Yellow and Black” down by one. Milwaukee answered 27 seconds later when Wave defender Lovelace Ackah scored on an assist from Voreberg. Wave forward Kevin Burk tallied another to put the score at 6-3. Milwaukee picked up two more goals in the final quarter to extend the lead to 8-3.

The Storm will return to the UIC Pavilion on Wednesday, November 3 to face the Cleveland Force at 7:00 p.m. CT.

Game 2 | Friday Oct 29, 2004
CHICAGO STORM WINS FIRST GAME IN HISTORY, 9-8, OVER MILWAUKEE
Newly Signed Ryan Futagaki Scores Game-Winning Goal In Overtime for the “Yellow and Black”

Highlights

MISL 1 2 3 4 OT F
Chicago Storm (1-1) 1 3 3 1 1 9
Milwaukee Wave (1-1) 3 1 3 1 0 8

Milwaukee (Friday, October 29, 2004) – The Chicago Storm (1-1) won their first game in the history of the organization as they defeated the Milwaukee Wave (1-1), 9-8 in overtime at the U.S. Cellular Arena in Milwaukee, Wisc. Newly signed Storm defender/midfielder Ryan Futagaki scored the game-winner in the extra stanza to finish a day that started with him signing a contract with the team. Storm forward Jorge Valle lead the way for the “Yellow and Black” by recording the first-ever hat trick in Storm history.

In overtime, the Storm took advantage of a foul deep in Milwaukee territory. Futagaki laid off a freekick to forward Byron Alvarez. The Mexican international found the UCLA product with a pass and his shot hit Milwaukee goalkeeper Dan Green and went over the goal line to give the Storm the first win in team history at 4:33 of the overtime.

In the first quarter, Milwaukee got off to a quick start scoring 23 seconds into the game off an unassisted restart goal from Wave defender Matt Schmidt. The Wave did not let up as they scored two more goals on from Michael King and Troy Dusosky, putting the Wave up 3-0 with a little over two minutes left in the quarter. The Storm finally got on the board at the 13:00 minute mark when Valle scored the first of his three goals on an assist from defender Gaston Pernia. Valle gathered a pass off the boards in the right corner and slid a shot past Green to cut into the Wave lead.

The Storm continued to fight back, scoring the first two goals in the second quarter. Argentine defender/midfielder Leo Pernia one-timed a pass from Chris Carrieri in the center of the box and blasted the shot past a helpless Green. The “Yellow and Black” tied the score 3-3 after Sandre Naumoski centered a pass, but a Milwaukee defender deflected it into the net. Milwaukee broke the tie when Todd Dusosky gathered a loose ball at the top of the arch and recorded his first goal of the game. However, with a little over three minutes left to play in the half, Alvarez was tripped up in the box by Wave defender Pat White. A penalty kick was awarded to Alvarez, who proceeded to blast a shot past Green to tie the game 4-4 at halftime.

The Storm and Wave traded goals in the third, with Greg Howes of the Wave scoring first and putting the team up 5-4. Storm defender Lazo Alavanja answered right back, recording his first goal of the season after gathering a missed shot and blasting it past Green. The next two goals came from the Wave after Troy Dusosky and Chris Mormon found the back of the net, putting Milwaukee up 7-5. However, the Storm ended up knotting the score 7-7 after Valle completed his hat-trick with back–to-back goals with just over a minute left to play in the third.

The two teams battled in the last quarter that featured only two goals coming with under 1:00 left to play. Troy Dusosky scored first with 44 seconds left in the game. The Storm battled back and Carrieri recorded his first goal of the season on a bicycle kick from 10 yards out with only 10 seconds remaining to tied the game 8-8 and send it into overtime.

Storm goalkeeper Danny Waltman made 19 saves in his MISL debut with three coming in overtime, including a point-blank foot save on a shot by King.

The Storm will return to the UIC Pavilion on Wednesday, November 3 to face the Cleveland Force at 7:00 p.m. CT. The game can be heard live on www.chicagostorm.net.

Game 3 | Wednesday Nov 03, 2004
Chris Carrieri’s Double Propels the Chicago Storm Over Cleveland 6-5


MISL 1 2 3 4 F
Cleveland Force (0-2) 0 0 3 2 5
Chicago Storm (2-1) 1 1 1 3 6

Chicago (Wednesday, November 3, 2004) – The Chicago Storm (2-1) won their first home game in the history of the organization as they defeated the Cleveland Force (0-2), at the UIC Pavilion. Storm midfielder Chris Carrieri scored the game-winning goal with 56 seconds remaining in the contest. The win puts Chicago in first-place in the Central Division with a half game lead on Milwaukee. The Storm and Force will clash again on Saturday, November 6 in Cleveland at 3:05 p.m. CT at the Convocation Center. Cleveland Head Coach Omid Namazi will be suspended for the contest as he was issued a red card after the game was completed for foul language.

In fourth quarter, the Storm took advantage of a blue card power play called on Cleveland defender John Ball with 1:30 left to play. After restarting play, defender Costea Decu recorded his second assist of the game when he found Carrieri who fired in the game-winner. The goal marked the second of the game for the Stafford, Vir. native as he increased his season total to three.

Prior to the goal, Ball was whistled for an intentional handball as he attempted to stop a clearance from the Storm’s Lazo Alavanja. The referee Rich Grady called the infraction and Namazi shouted from the bench. The coach was issued a yellow card and after the game ended on the Carrieri goal, he charged the referee throwing his suit jacket at him. The official issued him a red card, which will suspend him for the game on Saturday. The players also got involved in the altercation, but the coach was the only one issued a card.

In the first quarter, the Storm got on the board first when Decu found forward Byron Alvarez in the box where he blasted in his third goal in consecutive games. Decu’s pass slipped through the Force defenders, connecting with Alvarez, who scored past Force goalkeeper Jim Larkin. The Storm did not score again until 1:00 left to go in the second quarter. The “Yellow and Black” took advantage of a 2:00 power play goal when defender Lazo Alavanja recorded his first of two assists on the night when he connected with Carrieri. Storm goalkeeper Danny Waltman’s stellar play helped the team shut out Cleveland in the first half of play, recording 9 saves.

The Force scored their first goal at the start of the third quarter when Antonio Sutton knocked home a pass from Ball 17 seconds into the quarter. The Force tied the game at three, but the Storm was able to get goals from Jonah Long and Decu to pull ahead to 5-4. Cleveland forward Chris Handsor tied the game at 5-5 with 3:22 remaining, but the Storm countered and won the contest.

The Storm will return to the UIC Pavilion on Wednesday, November 3 to face the Cleveland Force at 7:00 p.m. CT. The game can be heard live on www.chicagostorm.net.

Scoring Summary
10:02 Chicago Storm (1) – Byron Alvarez (Costea Decu)
14:00 Chicago Storm (2) – Chris Carrieri (Lazo Alavanja) PP Goal
0:17 Cleveland Force (3) – Antonio Sutton (John Ball)
7:36 Chicago Storm (3) – Matthew Stewart (Byron Alvarez)
11:15 Cleveland Force (3) – Robbie Aristodemo (Rene Rivas)
14:27 Cleveland Force (3) – Chris Handsor (unassisted)
1:21 Chicago Storm (4) – Jonah Long (Sandre Naumoski)
4:47 Chicago Storm (4) – Costea Decu (Lazo Alavanja) PP Goal
5:03 Cleveland Force (4) – Rene Rivas (unassisted)
11:38 Cleveland Force (4) – Chris Handsor (Rene Rivas) PP Goal
14:04 Chicago Storm (4) – Chris Carrieri (Costea Decu) PP Goal

Game 4 | Saturday Nov 06, 2004
Chicago Storm Drops 9-5 Result to Cleveland
Double from Stewart and Alvarez’s Fourth of the Year Not Enough


MISL 1 2 3 4 F
Chicago Storm (2-2) 2 2 1 0 5
Cleveland Force (0-2) 0 1 2 6 9

Cleveland, Ohio (Saturday, November 6, 2004) – The Chicago Storm lost to the Cleveland Force 9-5 today at the Convocation Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Storm midfielder Matthew Stewart’s two goals were not enough as Chicago squandered a 5-1 halftime lead to fall to 2-2 in the Central Division. The Force scored seven unanswered goals as the lead disappeared throughout the second half.

“We let one get away today,” said Storm Head Coach Frank Klopas. “We controlled the game for three quarters and Cleveland was able to capitalize on our mistakes. This is a long season and it will have highs and lows. We need to do things better and we will continue to improve.”

The Storm was held scoreless for the last 22:57 of the contest. Storm midfielder Novi Marojevic committed a foul just outside of the yellow line in Chicago’s half of the field. Cleveland defender John Ball stepped up and blasted a freekick into the top right corner of the net past a diving Danny Waltman to give the Force a 6-5 lead at 4:47 of the fourth quarter.

The Storm opened the game with a goal at 6:24 when midfielder Andy Rosenband collected a pass up the right wing and banged a pass off the boards past Cleveland goalkeeper Jim Larkin. The ball bounced in front of the open net and Storm defender Gaston Pernia got to it before the Cleveland defense and knocked it in to give the Storm a 1-0 lead and Pernia’s first of the season.

Stewart’s second goal of the game gave the Storm a 4-0 lead in the second quarter, but the Force was able to get one back before halftime when Chris Handsor deflected a shot from Josh Timbers in front of the net.

Storm forward Byron Alvarez tallied his fourth of the season at 7:16 of the second quarter on an assist by Marojevic. The Mexican forward has now scored in all four of the Storm’s contests.

The Storm will return to the UIC Pavilion on Thursday, November 26 to face the Milwaukee Wave at 7:30 p.m. CT. The game will be televised live on Comcast SportsNet and can be heard live on www.chicagostorm.net. Next week, the Storm will travel to Baltimore for a date with the defending champion Blast at 6:35 p.m. CT on Saturday, November 13. The team will then travel to Philadelphia to battle the KiXX on Sunday, November 14 at 12:05 p.m. CT. Both games can be heard live on www.chicagostorm.net.

Scoring Summary
6:24 (1st) Chicago Storm – Gaston Pernia (Andy Rosenband)
10:36 (1st) Chicago Storm – Matthew Stewart (Jonah Long)
5:36 (2nd) Chicago Storm – Byron Alvarez (Ryan Futagaki)
7:16 (2nd) Chicago Storm – Matthew Stewart (Novi Marojevic)
12:22 (2nd) Cleveland Force – Chris Handsor (Josh Timbers)
3:26 (3rd) Chicago Storm – Leo Pernia (Chris Carrieri)
7:03 (3rd) Cleveland Force – Gary DePalma (unassisted)
9:28 (3rd) Cleveland Force – Chris Dore (Josh Timbers)
3:44 (4th) Cleveland Force – Siphi Sibiya (Antonio Sutton)
4:24 (4th) Cleveland Force – Adam Campellone (Fred DeGand)
4:47 (4th) Cleveland Force – John Ball (unassisted)
8:48 (4th) Cleveland Force – Myles Stoddard (Chris Dore)
12:49 (4th) Cleveland Force – Antonio Sutton (John Ball)
13:23 (4th) Cleveland Force – John Ball (unassisted)

Game 5 | Saturday Nov 13, 2004
Chicago Storm Thumps Two-Time Defending Champion Baltimore Blast 3-1
Goalkeeper Danny Waltman Makes 18 Saves; Byron Alvarez Extends Scoring Streak to Five Games


MISL 1 2 3 4 F
Chicago Storm (3-2) 1 1 1 0 3
Baltimore Blast (2-5) 0 1 0 0 1

Baltimore, Md. (Saturday, November 13, 2004) – The Chicago Storm defeated the two-time defending MISL champion Baltimore Blast 3-1 tonight at the 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore, Mary. to improve their record to 3-2 in the Central Division. Baltimore fell to 2-5 in the East. Storm goalkeeper Danny Waltman made 18 total saves in the contest, including 10 in the fourth quarter to shut down the Baltimore offense that has scored a league-high 29 goals coming into the game.

“We knew Baltimore would be a tough game,” said Storm Head Coach Frank Klopas. “They have some injuries, but we knew they would come out strong and they did. We were able to keep organized and defensively we were able to close down a lot of quality shots. Danny (Waltman) made some great saves to preserve the win. This was an important win for us during a difficult weekend of games. We have to build on this win going to Philadelphia and moving forward.”

Storm forward Byron Alvarez tallied the game-winner at 4:43 of the second quarter on an assist from midfielder Novi Marojevic. The 26-year-old Mexican forward gave the Storm a 2-0 lead and the goal marked the fifth of the campaign for Alvarez, which extended his scoring streak to five games to mark one in each game in team history.

Early in the first quarter, the Storm capitalized on a tripping penalty by Blast defender Billy Nelson. Marojevic ripped the eight-yard freekick from the left side of the field, finding the far low corner past the wall and Blast goalkeeper Sagu. The power play goal came at one second into the man-advantage, to mark the fastest power play goal in Storm history and the second goal of the year for Marojevic.

The Blast cut into the Storm lead at 11:37 of the second stanza on the fifth tally of the season for Giuliano Celenza.

Midfielder Matthew Stewart gave the Storm a two-goal advantage at 13:15 of the third quarter. Storm defender Tijani Ayebusi dished off a pass to Stewart. The El Paso, Tex. native maneuvered around two Blast defenders at the top of the penalty area and fired a shot to the lower left corner past a diving Sagu to give the Storm a 3-1 lead.

Waltman proceeded to shut down the Blast as they implemented the sixth attacker and the Gig Harbor, Wash. native made four saves in the final four minutes.

The “Yellow and Black” will head to Philadelphia tonight for a matinee encounter with the undefeated KiXX at the Wachovia Spectrum in Philadelphia, Penn. at 12:05 p.m. CT. The game can be heard live on www.chicagostorm.net and will also be televised on tape delay on Comcast SportsNet at 1:00 p.m. CT on Thursday, November 18.

The Storm will return to the UIC Pavilion on Thursday, November 26 to face the Milwaukee Wave at 7:30 p.m. CT. The game will be televised live on Comcast SportsNet and can be heard live on www.chicagostorm.net.

Scoring Summary
2:59 (1st) Chicago Storm – Novi Marojevic (2) (unassisted) PP
4:43 (2nd) Chicago Storm – Byron Alvarez (5) (Novi Marojevic (2)
11:37 (2nd) Baltimore Blast – Giuliano Celenza (5) (Lee Tschantret (3)
13:15 (3rd) Chicago Storm – Matthew Stewart (4) (Tijani Ayegbusi (1)

Game 6 | Sunday Nov 14, 2004
Chicago Storm Drops Philadelphia 7-4 and Sweeps East Coast Weekend
Novi Marojevic Tallies Two Goals and One Assist; Matthew Stewart Extends Scoring Streak to Four


MISL 1 2 3 4 F
Chicago Storm (4-2) 1 3 2 1 7
Philadelphia KiXX (4-1) 1 1 1 1 4

Philadelphia, Pa. (Sunday, November 14, 2004) – The Chicago Storm defeated the Philadelphia KiXX 7-4 today at the Wachovia Spectrum to improve to 4-2 on the season and move to within half a game of the Central Division leading Milwaukee Wave (4-1). Midfielder Novi Marojevic led the Storm with two goals and one assist in the contest to help the Storm give the KiXX (4-1) their first loss of the season. The Storm swept the east coast swing weekend after taking a 3-1 decision from the two-time MISL champion Baltimore Blast on Saturday and downing the 2001-02 champion Philadelphia. The game will be broadcast on tape delay on Comcast SportsNet on Thursday, November 18 at 1:00 p.m. CT.

“I am very proud of our team,” said Storm Head Coach Frank Klopas. “They fought hard today and really challenged themselves. Philadelphia is a very good team and we know they are capable of scoring a lot of goals. Danny (Waltman) did another good job in goal and Novi took advantage of his opportunities. Overall, this was a very good weekend and we will move forward and prepare for Milwaukee on November 26.”

Storm defender Costea Decu tallied the game-winning goal at 4:56 of the third quarter. Forward Jorge Valle was fouled and the referee awarded a freekick to the “Yellow and Black.” Decu stepped up and hit a shot that went past the wall and KiXX goalkeeper Stuart Dobson to put the Storm ahead 5-3.

Marojevic opened the scoring for the Storm 4:51 into the game when defender Lazo Alavanja found him across the field on the right wing. The Serbian-born midfielder one-timed a shot that went past Dobson into the top left corner to give the Storm the 1-0 advantage.

The KiXX countered throughout the game, but the Storm was able to hold off the only remaining undefeated team in the MISL. Chicago received goals from midfielder Leo Pernia, Andy Guastaferro, Jorge Valle and Matthew Stewart. Stewar’s tally extends his goal-scoring streak to four games as forward Byron Alvarez’s club record of five games comes to an end.

Storm goalkeeper Danny Waltman made 11 saves to preserve the win, which totaled 29 saves on 34 shots over the weekend.

The Storm will return to the UIC Pavilion on Friday, November 26 to face the Milwaukee Wave at 7:30 p.m. CT. The game will be televised live on Comcast SportsNet and can be heard live on www.chicagostorm.net.

Scoring Summary
4:51 (1st) Chicago Storm – Novi Marojevic (3) (Lazo Alavanja (3)
6:48 (1st) Philadelphia KiXX – John Barry Nusum (6) (Goran Vasic (4)
0:39 (2nd) Chicago Storm – Leo Pernia (4) (unassisted) RSG
5:08 (2nd) Chicago Storm – Andy Guastaferro (1) (Andy Rosenband (2)
6:31 (2nd) Philadelphia KiXX – David Sloan (1) (Goran Vasic (5)
12:50 (2nd) Chicago Storm – Jorge Valle (4) (Chris Carrieri (4)
3:20 (3rd) Philadelphia KiXX – Ze Roberto (5) (Chris Fehrle (1)
4:56 (3rd) Chicago Storm – Costea Decu (2) (unassisted) RSG
8:20 (3rd) Chicago Storm – Matthew Stewart (5) (Novi Marojevic 3)
5:19 (4th) Chicago Storm – Novi Marojevic (4) (David Schneider (1)
8:42 (4th) Philadelphia KiXX – John Barry Nusum (7) (Pat Morris (2)

Game 7 | Saturday Nov 27, 2004
CHICAGO STORM HANGS ON FOR 8-7 VICTORY OVER DIVISION RIVAL MILWAUKEE WAVE
Awadalla Morad Picks up Two Goals and One Assist to Help the “Yellow and Black” Move into First Place

Highlights

MISL 1 2 3 4 F
Milwaukee Wave (5-2) 2 1 0 4 7
Chicago Storm (5-2) 2 2 4 0 8

Chicago (Friday, November 26, 2004) – The Chicago Storm pulled out a thrilling 8-7 victory over the Milwaukee Wave (5-2) tonight in front of a lively crowd at the UIC Pavilion. This victory over the Wave helped the Storm improve to 5-2 on the season and take over first place in the Central Division. Midfielder Awadalla Morad led the team with two goals and one assist in the contest, helping the “Yellow and Black” win their third straight game. A replay of the I-94 rivalry game between Chicago and Milwaukee will be broadcast on Comcast SportsNet on Sunday, November 28 at 2:30 p.m. CT. The Storm will now travel to St. Louis on Sunday and take on the Steamers for the first time this season at 6:05 p.m. CT at the Savvis Center.

In his first appearance in a Storm uniform, forward Awadalla Morad had a stellar performance and earned Player-of-the-Game honors by bagging two goals and dishing out one assist for three total points on the night. His first goal of the season came at 8:17 of the second quarter, after he gathered a long pass from Gaston Pernia, dribbled down the field and blasted a shot at the top of the arch that found the back of the net after deflecting off the left post. The West Bank, Palestine native netted one more goal at 5:51 in the third quarter when forward Chris Carrieri slipped a pass through the Wave defense from the left corner across the box and found Morad who slipped in a shot past Wave goalkeeper Nick Vorberg, putting the Storm up 6-3.

Byron Alvarez opened the scoring for the Storm 4:38 into the game when defender Lazo Alavanja found him across the field on the left wing. The Mexico City, Mexico native gathered the pass, turned and fired a shot that slipped through Vorberg’s hands to give the Storm the 1-0 advantage. Storm midfielder Andy Rosenband picked up his first goal of the season at 10:20 into the first quarter when Morad found him streaking down the center of the box. Morad placed a perfect pass right to Rosenband who drove a header past Vorberg, giving the Storm an early 2-1 lead. The Wave cut the lead to one, after forward Giuliano Oliviero connected with defenderTroy Dusosky who rifled a shot past Waltman with only :03 remaining in the half.

The “Yellow and Black” came out firing in the third quarter, scoring four goals and giving the Storm a comfortable lead heading into the fourth quarter. Storm forward Jorge Valle tallied the unassisted game-winning goal at 8:59 of the third quarter after Milwaukee Wave defender Lovelace Ackah unsuccessfully cleared a header. Valle leaped up and slipped a header right past Vorberg. This was the fourth goal scored in the third quarter by the “Yellow and Black and increased their lead to 8-4. Storm goalkeeper Danny Waltman kept the Wave from scoring in the third quarter by stopping all six shots that came his way. Waltman finished the night with 17 saves on 25 shots faced.

The Wave battled back the entire fourth quarter, holding the Storm scoreless and recording three goals of their own to cut the lead to 8-7. Wave midfielder Marcelo Fontana scored first in the fourth on a pass from forward Giuliano Oliviero :43 into the quarter. The Wave also received goals in the last quarter from Oliviero and Chris Morman. However, the “Yellow and Black” was able to hold off a last minute attack and preserve an 8-7 victory to move into first place. The Storm has now won two out of three games played against the Wave this season.

The Storm will now head to St. Louis for a match against the Steamers on Sunday, November 28 at 6:05 CT at the Savvis Center. This game can be heard live on www.chicagostorm.net with Storm play-by-play announcer Kenn Tomasch calling all of the action. Univision Radio WRTO 1200 AM will also be broadcasting all of the action in Spanish.

Scoring Summary
4:22 – Chicago Storm (1) – Byron Alvarez (6) (Lazo Alavanja) 4)
9:51 – Milwaukee Wave (1) – Kevin Burk (Semir Meshnovic)
10:20 – Chicago Storm (1) – Andy Rosenband (1) (Awadalla Morad) 1)
13:35 – Milwaukee Wave (1) – Angel Rivillo (Chris Morman)
3:29 – Chicago Storm (2) – Leo Pernia (5) (Novi Marojevic) 4)
8:17 – Chicago Storm (2) – Awadalla Morad (1) (unassisted)
14:57 – Milwaukee Wave (2) – Troy Dusosky (Giuliano Oliviero)
2:09 – Chicago Storm (3) – Byron Alvarez (7) (Matthew Stewart) 1)
5:51 – Chicago Storm (3) – Awadalla Morad (2) (Chris Carrieri) 5)
8:10 – Chicago Storm (3) – Lazo Alavanja (2) (Gaston Pernia) 3)
8:59 – Chicago Storm (3) Jorge Valle (5) (unassisted)
:43 – Milwaukee Wave (4) Marcelo Fontana (Giuliano Oliviero)
1:36 – Milwaukee Wave (4) Chris Morman (Giuliano Oliviero)
10:05 – Milwaukee Wave (4) Giuliano Oliviero (Chris Morman)
11:07 – Milwaukee Wave (4) Giuliano Oliviero (Marcelo Fontana)

Game 8 | Sunday Nov 28, 2004
Chicago Storm Drops 8-7 Result to St. Louis
Sandre Naumoski Records a Hat Trick; Andy Rosenband Nets Two


MISL 1 2 3 4 F
Chicago Storm (5-3) 5 1 1 0 7
St. Louis Steamers (6-2) 5 1 1 1 8

St. Louis, MO (Sunday, November 28, 2004) – The Chicago Storm dropped a 8-7 result tonight to the St. Louis Steamers at the Savvis Center in St. Louis, MO. Storm midfielder Sandre Naumoski recorded the second hat trick in team history, but St. Louis recorded the game-winner at 10:45 of the fourth quarter on a goal by Mike Apple. The Storm dropped to 5-3 in the Central Division to put them one game behind St. Louis (6-2) and half of a game behind the Milwaukee Wave (5-2).

“This was a very tight game and St. Louis is a very good team,” said Storm Head Coach and GM Frank Klopas. “We continue to try to be more consistent throughout the game. The team came back from a deficit, but we were unable to put the game away as they took advantage of their power plays. We will continue to get better and move forward as we learn from this game.”

With 4:15 to play in the game, Steamers midfielder Sterling Wescott found forward Mike Apple at the top of the Storm’s penalty area. Apple turned on Storm defender Lazo Alavanja and took a shot that found the top right corner past the Storm’s diving goalkeeper Danny Waltman. The goal put the Steamers up 8-7.

The Storm countered in the remaining time as forward Byron Alvarez hit the underside of the crossbar with 1:45 on the clock. Alvarez had another shot cleared off the goal line by defender Nate Houser and Jorge Valle’s attempt with seconds remaining was cleared by the Steamers’ Matt Caution.

The first quarter concluded with a total of 10 goals scored by both teams (five each). The Steamers struck first at 2:07 of the stanza on a goal by Aaron Susi. Naumoski scored twice for the Storm, but St. Louis was able to set the pace of the game as Chicago played catch-up throughout the quarter. The Storm was able to knot the game at five each on breakaway goals from Andy Rosenband and Awadalla Morad.

The Steamers took the lead again in the second quarter as Houser buried a shot past Storm goalkeeper Jeff Richey to make it 6-5 at 5:15 of the second. The Storm countered late in the period as Morad intercepted a pass in the midfield and raced into the St. Louis zone. He drew St. Louis goalkeeper Chris Smith from his net and slid a pass across the box to Rosenband, who calmly slotted a right-footed shot into the open net to tie the game 6-6.

Chicago started the third quarter by taking a 7-6 lead on a goal at 49 seconds by Naumoski to complete his hat trick. St. Louis fought back and tied the game late in the third quarter on a power play goal by Wescott.

The Storm will face Monterrey Tigres for the first time in history on Friday, December 3 at 7:30 p.m. CT at the UIC Pavilion. The game will be broadcast live on Univision Radio WRTO 1200 AM in Spanish and via the Chicago Storm’s official web site www.chicagostorm.net. For ticket information, please call the Storm front office at (312) 226-GOAL (4625).

Scoring Summary
2:07 (1st) St. Louis Steamers – Aaron Susi (5) (Daryl Doran (6)
4:04 (1st) Chicago Storm – Sandre Naumoski (3) (Lazo Alavanja (5)
5:07 (1st) St. Louis Steamers – Daryl Doran (8 ) (unassisted)
6:50 (1st) Chicago Storm – Sandre Naumoski (3) (Awadalla Morad (2)
7:43 (1st) St. Louis Steamers – Jeff DiMaria (4) (Daryl Doran (7)
8:23 (1st) Chicago Storm – David Schneider (1) (unassisted)
10:36 (1st) St. Louis Steamers – Sterling Wescott (4) (Aaron Susi (1)
11:22 (1st) St. Louis Steamers – Mike Apple (8 ) (unassisted)
12:53 (1st) Chicago Storm – Andy Rosenband (2) (Jeff Richey (1)
13:50 (1st) Chicago Storm – Awadalla Morad (3) (Costea Decu (5)
5:15 (2nd) St. Louis Steamers – Nate Houser (1) (Joe Reiniger (5)
13:06 (2nd) Chicago Storm – Andy Rosenband (3) (Awadalla Morad (3)
00:49 (3rd) Chicago Storm – Sandre Naumoski (4) (Jorge Valle (1)
14:39 (3rd) St. Louis Steamers – Sterling Wescott (4) (Daryl Doran (8 ) PP
10:45 (4th) St. Louis Steamers – Mike Apple (9) (Sterling Wescott (6)

Game 9 | Friday Dec 03, 2004
Chicago Storm Defeated 6-3 by Monterrey Tigres
Novi, Decu and Guastaferro Score for Chicago


MISL 1 2 3 4 F
Monterrey Tigres (1-4) 2 2 1 1 6
Chicago Storm (5-4) 0 2 1 0 3

Chicago (Friday, December 3, 2004) – The Chicago Storm (5-4) suffered their second home loss of the season to the Monterrey Tigres (1-4) by a final of 6-3 at the UIC Pavilion tonight. The “Yellow and Black” will head to Milwaukee tomorrow night to take on the Wave (6-2) at 6:05 p.m. CT at the U.S. Cellular Arena. The Storm remains in third-place in the Central Division with Milwaukee on top at 6-2 and St. Louis in second at 6-3.

“I don’t think we came out to play,” said Storm Head Coach and GM Frank Klopas. “They are a good team and they hurt us with restart goals. Genoni Martinez and Marco Lopez are good players for them. We have to make some adjustments, but I feel good with the direction we are going in.”

Monterrey defender Genoni Martinez recorded the first goal of the game at 6:10 in the first quarter on a restart from the right side. Tigres tallied another goal late in the first quarter after Martinez connected with midfielder Marco Lopez off another restart, giving them an early 2-0 lead.

Storm forward Byron Alvarez found midfielder Andy Guastaferro along the right wing and the U.S. Futsal National Team member blasted a shot past Monterrey’s goalkeeper Aurelio Portes. The goal came at 2:54 of the second quarter and cut into Tigres’ lead 2-1. Guastaferro joined the team today after arriving from Chinese Taipei from the FIFA World Futsal Championship.

Midfielder Novi Marojevic also tallied a goal in the second quarter after he rifled a penalty kick past Portes making the score 3-2. The Storm earned the spot kick when midfielder Chris Carrieri was taken down in the box.

Monterrey kept the pressure high on the Storm and managed to score three more times to record the 6-3 victory. Tigres recorded 14 blocks on Storm shots and Portes made 13 saves to preserve the win.

The Storm will return to the UIC Pavilion on Saturday, December 11 to face two-time defending Baltimore Blast at 7:00 p.m. CT. The game will be televised live on Comcast SportsNet with play-by-play announcer Kenn Tomasch and color analyst David Moxom calling the action. This game can also be heard live on www.chicagostorm.net, as well as Univision Radio 1200 AM, broadcasting live in Spanish.

Scoring Summary
6:10 (1st) Monterrey Tigres – Genoni Martinez (unassisted)
13:11 (1st) Monterrey Tigres – Marco Lopez (Genoni Martinez)
2:54 (2nd) Chicago Storm – Andy Guastaferro (2) (Byron Alvarez) 2)
5:56 (2nd) Monterrey Tigres – Alejandro Moreno (Marco Lopez)
8:30 (2nd) Chicago Storm – Novi Marojevic (5) (Penalty Kick)
10:56 (2nd) Monterrey Tigres – Marco Coria (Marco Lopez)
5:18 (3rd) Monterrey Tigres – Genoni Martinez (unassisted)
15:37 (3rd) Chicago Storm – Costea Decu (3) (unassisted)
11:44 (4th) Monterrey Tigres – Marco Lopez (Shootout)

Game 10 | Saturday Dec 04, 2004
CHICAGO STORM LOSES 4-3 TO MILWAUKEE
“Yellow and Black” Goalkeeper Danny Waltman Holds the Wave Scoreless for Three Quarters in the Loss


MISL 1 2 3 4 F
Chicago Storm (5-5) 0 2 0 1 3
Milwaukee Wave (7-2) 0 0 0 4 4

Milwaukee, WI (Saturday, December 4, 2004) – The Chicago Storm dropped to 5-5 on the season after losing 4-3 tonight to the Milwaukee Wave at U.S. Cellular Arena in Milwaukee, Wisc. Milwaukee’s Greg Howes scored the game-winner with 46 seconds remaining in the game. This was the fourth installment of the I-94 rivalry series, which is now even at two each. The “Yellow and Black” will return home to the UIC Pavilion next Saturday, December 11, when they will take on two-time defending champion Baltimore Blast at 7:00 p.m. CT.

“Today, I am proud of my team,” said Storm Head Coach and GM Frank Klopas. “It was good soccer from the team and a great game overall. We need to do better on our two on three’s and our two on one’s. We need to keep our heads up. This is turning into a great rivalry and the games are getting better and better. Unfortunately one team has to lose.”

In fourth quarter, the Wave scored four goals from four different players to give Milwaukee the win. Storm goalkeeper Danny Waltman kept the Wave scoreless until the 3:21 mark of the fourth quarter when midfielder Angel Rivillo connected with defender Lovelace Ackah, who fired a shot past Waltman, making the score 2-1 and spoiling any chances of a Storm shutout.

Less then a minute later, the Storm answered back when defender Costea Decu passed downfield to forward Awadalla Morad. The West Bank, Palestine native brought the ball up the left side and slipped a shot under Wave goalkeeper Dan Green for his fourth goal of the season. Milwaukee then proceeded to score three straight goals, with the game-winner coming from Howes. Defender Chris Morman passed the ball down into the left corner to Howes, who gathered the pass, turned and rifled a shot past Waltman. The “Yellow and Black” brought out midfielder Novi Marojevic as a sixth attacker but could not pull out any last second heroics. Waltman finished the night with 17 saves on 21 shots faced.

Both teams were held scoreless in the first quarter of play with Waltman making seven saves and Green recording six. The Storm got on the board first in the second quarter at 7:46 when defender Lazo Alavanja intercepted a long pass and blasted a shot past Green from just inside the yellow line for his third goal of the season. Storm midfielder Sandre Naumoski recorded his fourth goal in three games after he connected with midfielder Novi Marojevic for a 2-0 lead heading into halftime.

The Storm returns to action on Saturday, December 11 against the Blast. The game will be televised live on Comcast SportsNet and will be aired via radio on Univision Radio WRTO 1200 AM and www.chicagostorm.net.

Scoring Summary
7:46 (2nd) Chicago Storm – Lazo Alavanja (3) (unassisted)
12:58 (2nd) Chicago Storm – Sandre Naumoski (5) (Novi Marojevic 5)
3:21 (4th) Milwaukee Wave – Lovelace Ackah (2) (Angel Rivillo 3)
4:10 (4th) Chicago Storm – Awadalla Morad (4) (Costea Decu 6)
5:11 (4th) Milwaukee Wave – Angel Rivillo (6) (Nino Marcantonio 4)
8:28 (4th) Milwaukee Wave – Jonathan Greenfield (2) (Greg Howes 3)
14:14 (4th) Milwaukee Wave – Greg Howes (7) (Chris Morman 5) GWG

Game 11 | Saturday Dec 11, 2004
CHICAGO STORM BLASTS PAST BALTIMORE 10-6
Morad Registers Two Goals and an Assits; Novi and Rosenband Net Two Each

Highlights

MISL 1 2 3 4 F
Baltimore Blast (4-7) 1 1 1 3 6
Chicago Storm (6-5) 4 2 3 1 10

Chicago (Saturday, December 11, 2004) – The Chicago Storm snapped their three game losing streak by defeating the two-time defending MISL champion Baltimore Blast for the second time this season by a final of 10-6 tonight at the UIC Pavilion to improve their record to 6-5 in the Central Division. Storm forward Awadalla Morad lead the scoring attack by recording two goals and one assist and midfielders Novi and Andy Rosenband tallied two each. Chicago will take an early morning flight to Philadelphia tomorrow for a 12:05 CT game against the KiXX at the Wachovia Spectrum. The game can be heard live on www.chicagostorm.net.

“This was an important win for us,” said Storm Head Coach and GM Frank Klopas. “We played tough and with a game tomorrow afternoon in Philadelphia, we knew this was a must-win game. Mentally we have to be stronger though. As the season progresses, you want to become better as a team and I feel we are doing that. You have to be disciplined and good with the ball to be successful in this league. We have started off games very well, but we have to do a better job finishing them off.”

Novi scored the game-winner at 1:31 of the third quarter on a freekick from the top of the arch. The shot rocketed through the Baltimore three-man wall and slid under Blast goalkeeper Sagu to give the Storm a 7-2 lead. Chicago extended the lead to 9-2 in the third quarter, but Baltimore cut into the lead with three goals in the fourth.

Morad continued his torrid scoring pace with his two goals to give himself six goals in five games, which are his first as a professional. The Burbank, Ill. resident stole the ball from a Blast defender, raced in alone on Sagu and calmly placed a right-footed shot into the top right corner at 4:34 of the second. Morad earned an assist on Rosenband’s second of the night at 8:34 of the third quarter. Overall the West Bank, Palestine native has earned six goals and four assist for 10 points in five games.

The Storm set two records tonight as this became the first time the team registered 10 goals in a game. Forward Byron Alvarez scored the quickest goal in Storm history 38 seconds into the game after midfielder Chris Carrieri found the Mexico native streaking down the field unmarked.

The “Yellow and Black” return to Chicago for a return date with the Philadelphia KiXX on Friday, December 17 at 7:30 p.m. CT at the UIC Pavilion. The game can be heard live in English on www.chicagostorm.net and on Univision Radio WRTO 1200 AM in Spanish.

Scoring Summary
:38 (1st) – Chicago Storm– Byron Alvarez (8 ) (Chris Carrieri 6)
3:05 (1st) – Baltimore Blast – Marcos Chantel (unassisted)
4:24 (1st) – Chicago Storm – Andy Rosenband (4) (Jorge Valle 2)
8:05 (1st) – Chicago Storm – Novi (6) (unassisted)
10:30 (1st) – Chicago Storm – Leo Pernia (6) (Chris Carrieri 7)
1:18 (2nd) – Baltimore Blast – Giuliano Celenza (Scott Schweitzer)
4:34 (2nd) – Chicago Storm – Awadalla Morad (5) (unassisted)
10:03 (2nd) – Chicago Storm – Awadalla Morad (6) (David Schneider 2)
7:02 (3rd) – Chicago Storm – Novi (7) (unassisted)
3:13 (3rd) – Chicago Storm – Chris Carrieri (4) (Jonah Long 2)
8:34 (3rd) – Chicago Storm – Andy Rosenband (5) (Awadalla Morad 4)
9:17 (3rd) – Baltimore Blast – Giuliano Celenza (unassisted)
1:34 (4th) – Baltimore Blast – Marcos Chantel (PJ Wakefield)
6:47 (4th) – Chicago Storm – Sandre Naumoski (6) (Costea Decu 6)
7:53 (4th) – Baltimore Blast – PJ Wakefield (Scott Schweitzer)
10:18 (4th) – Baltimore Blast – David Bascome (Giuliano Celenza)

Game 12 | Sunday Dec 12, 2004
Chicago Storm Drops 9-5 Result to Philadelphia


MISL 1 2 3 4 F
Chicago Storm (6-6) 2 1 1 1 5
Philadelphia Kixx ( ) 1 3 2 3 9

Philadelphia, PA (Sunday, December 12, 2004) – The Chicago Storm dropped a 9-5 result this afternoon to the Philadephia KiXX at the Wachovia Spectrum in Philadelphia, PA. Storm midfielder Andy Guastaferro tallied a goal and two assists in the contest and midfielder Andy Rosenband added two goals for Chicago to bring his weekend total to four and season total to seven. The Storm will return to action on Friday, December 17 against the KiXX at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago at 7:30 p.m. CT.

“The team worked very hard today after playing last night and traveling early this morning,” said Storm Head Coach and GM Frank Klopas. “Philadelphia is a very good team and we knew they would come out strong after being on a losing streak. We have to do some little things better and capitalize on our opportunities. The team works very hard and they are improving.”

Guastaferro helped the Storm take an early 2-0 lead in the first quarter when the former Philadelphia midfielder found Jorge Valle at the far post, where the Mexico native tapped in his sixth goal of the season at 4:50. Guastaferro took advantage of a blocked shot that ricocheted just past the Philadelphia yellow line. The Canandaigua, NY native blasted a shot that went past KiXX goalkeeper Peter Pappas and into the back of the net at 6:39.

Philadelphia’s Kevin Sloan registered the game-winning goal on a power play at 9:50 of the third quarter on an assist from Pat Morris to snap Philadelphia’s four-game losing skid.

Chicago forward Awadalla Morad continued his scoring burst with his seventh goal of the season in six games as he registered a power play goal at 4:08 of the third quarter to tie the game 4-4. T

he Storm dropped to 6-6 in the Central Division, putting the “Yellow and Black” in third-place in the division, two and a half games behind the league-leading Milwaukee Wave (8-3) and a game and half behind St. Louis (7-4)

The Storm played without leading goal-scorer Byron Alvarez, who was left in Chicago after suffering an injury to his left ankle in last night’s 10-6 victory over Baltimore at the UIC Pavilion.

Scoring Summary
4:50 (1st) – Chicago Storm – Jorge Valle (6) (Andy Guastaferro 1)
6:39 (1st) – Chicago Storm – Andy Guastaferro (3) (unassisted)
10:34 (1st) – Philadelphia KiXX – Damien Pottinger (5) (John Barry Nusum 6)
1:36 (2nd) – Philadelphia KiXX – Chris Fehrle (2) (unassisted)
5:05 (2nd) – Philadelphia KiXX – Jeff Moore (2) (Les Lundsford 2)
8:03 (2nd) – Chicago Storm – Andy Rosenband (6) (Andy Guastaferro 2)
9:33 (2nd) – Philadelphia KiXX – Shawn Boney (3) (Ze Roberto 5)
4:08 (3rd) – Chicago Storm – Awadalla Morad (7) (unassisted) PP
8:21 (3rd) – Philadelphia KiXX – John Barry Nusum 10 (Goran Vasic 10)
9:50 (3rd) – Philadelphia KiXX – Kevin Sloan (6) (Pat Morris 3) PP
0:50 (4th) – Philadelphia KiXX – Gary Brooks (3) (Damien Pottinger 4)
10:43 (4th) – Chicago Storm – Andy Rosenband (7) (Costea Decu 7)
10:57 (4th) – Philadelphia KiXX – Ptah Myers 1 (Damien Pottinger 5)
11:51 (4th) – Philadelphia KiXX – Les Lundsford 3 (Pat Morris 4)

Game 13 | Friday Dec 17, 2004
Chicago Storm Defeated by Philadelphia KiXX 9-4
“Yellow and Black” Defender Costea Decu picks up two goals in the loss


MISL 1 2 3 4 F
Philadelphia KiXX (7-5) 3 2 4 0 9
Chicago Storm (6-7) 1 1 1 1 4

Chicago (Friday, December 17, 2004) – The Chicago Storm (6-7) was defeated by the Philadelphia KiXX (7-5) tonight by a final of 9-4 at the UIC Pavilion, dropping the team below .500 for the first time this season since their inaugural match. Philadelphia’s John Barry Nusum and Shawn Boney both registered hat tricks. Storm defender Costea Decu tallied two goals, while midfielder Novi Marojevic picked up two assists in the loss. The “Yellow and Black” will head to Kansas City tomorrow morning and take on the Comets (4-3) for the first time this season at 1:05 p.m. at the Kemper Arena. The game can be heard live on www.chicagostorm.net.

“This is a game that we are not all about,” said Storm Head Coach and GM Frank Klopas. “We had no intensity and we did not come ready to play. This is not the team that we are. We are a team that would come out and fight and be committed to work hard. I did not see that tonight at all. That was very disappointing. This is where we will who stands up and becomes a leader. I did not see that tonight. We have lost games before, but you could see where the team was doing some good things. Now we have to move forward with a short turnaround and do better in Kansas City. We need to be ready to play.”

The KiXX scored three quick goals in the first quarter by Pat Morris, Kevin Sloan and Boney giving the KiXX an early 3-0 lead. The closest the Storm got in the game was a two-goal deficit, but after Nusum made it 6-3 with at 9:13 of the third quarter, the KiXX pulled away. Storm goalkeeper Danny Waltman leaped to knock a high ball away from Nusum, but the forward knocked the ball past the ‘keeper with his arm as he jumped.

Decu tallied at 14:12 of the first quarter after Novi set him up on a restart, which cutting the lead to 3-1. Both players teamed up again at 8:44 in the second quarter when Novi found Decu, who blasted a shot past KiXX goalkeeper Peter Pappas, making the score 4-2.

The Storm dropped to 6-7 in the Central Division, putting the “Yellow and Black” in third-place in the division three and a half games behind the league-leading Milwaukee Wave (9-3) and two and half games behind St. Louis (8-4)

The “Yellow and Black” will board a plane for Kansas City early in the morning and then will pay a New Year’s Eve visit to the Milwaukee Wave at 1:00 p.m. CT. The game will be televised live on Comcast SportsNet and will be available on Univision Radio WRTO 1200 AM in Spanish and on www.chicagostorm.net in English. The Storm’s next home game is on Sunday, January 16 against Kansas City at 3:00 p.m. CT.

Scoring Summary
2:28 – Philadelphia KiXX (1st) – Pat Morris (Les Lunsford)
4:12 – Philadelphia KiXX (1st) – Kevin Sloan (Drew Kopp)
13:50 – Philadelphia KiXX (1st) – Shawn Boney (Jeff Moore)
14:12 – Chicago Storm (1st) – Costea Decu (4) (Novi 5)
1:54 – Philadelphia KiXX (2nd) – John Barry Nusum (Pat Morris)
8:44 – Chicago Storm (2nd) – Costea Decu (5) (Novi 6) PP
13:35 – Philadelphia KiXX (2nd) – Shawn Boney (Kevin Sloan) PP
5:50 – Chicago Storm (3rd) – Leo Pernia (Gaston Pernia)
9:13 – Philadelphia KiXX (3rd) – John Barry Nusum (Goran Vasic) PP
12:21 – Philadelphia KiXX (3rd) – Kevin Sloan (Pat Morris)
13:29 – Philadelphia KiXX (3rd) – Shawn Boney (Chris Fehrle)
14:21 – Philadelphia KiXX (3rd) – John Barry Nusum (unassisted)
3:49 – Chicago Storm (4th) – Byron Alvarez (9) (Andy Guastaferro 3)

Game 14 | Saturday Dec 18, 2004
Chicago Storm Drops 9-8 OT Heartbreaker to Kansas City
Awadalla Morad Scores Team Record Four Goals to Improve His Total to 11


MISL 1 2 3 4 OT F
Chicago Storm (6-8 ) 2 2 3 1 0 8
Kansas City Comets (5-3) 4 1 0 3 1 9

Chicago (Saturday, December 18, 2004) – The Chicago Storm dropped a heartbreaking 9-8 overtime result to the Western Division-leading Kansas City Comets today at Kemper Arena in Kansas City, MO. Kansas City forward Anthony Maher scored the game-winner at 3:36 of the overtime period. Storm forward Awadalla Morad scored a team record four goals in the contest to increase his season output to 11 in eight games.

“The team played better tonight and the effort was there,” said Storm Head Coach and GM Frank Klopas. “They came out and battled back from being down, but we need to secure wins in games like this. The effort was better and it is a game we can build on, but we need to continue moving forward.”

In overtime, Kansas City forward Dino Delevski raced down the right wing and found Maher in front of the net with a pass. The forward turned on the ball and took a quick shot that found the far side of the net just past Storm goalkeeper Jeff Richey. The goal dropped the Storm to 6-8 in the Central Division and increased Kansas City’s mark to 5-3.

Kansas City took a 3-0 lead in the first quarter on goals by Delevski, Jamar Beasley and Casey Stevens. Chicago fought back to cut the deficit to one goal courtesy of Jorge Valle and Morad, but the Comets capitalized on a shootout attempt after Richey was penalized for a handball outside the penalty area. Storm forward Byron Alvarez pulled on the goalkeeper jersey to step in for Richey. Delevski dribbled in on Alvarez and blasted a shot under him to make it 4-2.

Chicago took a 7-5 lead in the third quarter after Novi Marojevic caught Comets goalkeeper Chris Damico out of his net with a chip shot from midfield. Kansas City came back with three goals in the fourth quarter to regain the lead 8-7 as Delevski completed his hat trick on the night.

With 20 seconds remaining in the fourth period, defender Lazo Alavanja slotted a pass in front of the K.C. net past Damico, finding a streaking Morad, who knocked it into the open net to send the game to overtime.

The “Yellow and Black” will return to action on New Year’s Eve when they visit the Milwaukee Wave at 1:00 p.m. CT at the U.S. Cellular Arena. The game will be televised live on Comcast SportsNet and will be available on Univision Radio WRTO 1200 AM in Spanish and on www.chicagostorm.net in English. The Storm’s next home game is on Sunday, January 16 against Kansas City at 3:00 p.m. CT.

Scoring Summary
0:15 (1st) – Kansas City Comets – Dino Delevski (Miodrag Djerisilo)
3:06 (1st) – Kansas City Comets – Jamar Beasley (Vlatko Andonovski)
6:11 (1st) – Kansas City Comets – Casey Stevens (Jonny Steele)
10:50 (1st) – Chicago Storm – Jorge Valle (Andy Rosenband)
12:02 (1st) – Chicago Storm – Awadalla Morad (Gus Karterouliotis)
12:13 (1st) – Kansas City Comets – Dino Delevski (unassisted) PP SOG
8:56 (2nd) – Chicago Storm – Awadalla Morad (Leo Pernia)
11:22 (2nd) – Chicago Storm – Novi Marojevic (unassisted)
12:32 (2nd) – Kansas City Comets – Jamar Beasley (Dino Delevski)
1:35 (3rd) – Chicago Storm – Awadalla Morad (unassisted)
5:03 (3rd) – Chicago Storm – Costea Decu (Novi Marojevic) PP
8:46 (3rd) – Chicago Storm – Novi Marojevic (unassisted)
8:33 (4th) – Kansas City Comets – Miodrag Djerisilo (Dino Delevski)
10:35 (4th) – Kansas City Comets – Dino Delevski (unassisted)
13:31 (4th) – Kansas City Comets – Jonny Steele (Vlatko Andonovski)
14:40 (4th) – Chicago Storm – Awadalla Morad (Lazo Alavanja)
3:36 (OT) – Kansas City Comets – Anthony Maher (Dino Delevski)

Game 15 | Friday Dec 31, 2004
CHICAGO STORM LOSES OT THRILLER TO MILWAUKEE 6-5
Gus Karterouliotis Scores First Professional Indoor Goal

Highlights

MISL 1 2 3 4 OT F
Chicago Storm (6-9) 0 0 2 3 0 5
Milwaukee Wave (10-4) 1 1 1 2 1 6

Milwaukee (Friday, December 31, 2004) – The Chicago Storm dropped a thrilling overtime game today 6-5 to the Milwaukee Wave at the U.S. Cellular Arena in another high-energy I-94 rivalry contest. Wave forward Greg Howes recorded the game-winner off a restart goal at 2:45 into the extra period. The “Yellow and Black” forward Chris Carrieri recorded one goal and one assist in the loss and midfielder Gus Karterouliotis scored his first professional indoor goal.

“I am very proud of the team today,” said Storm Head Coach Frank Klopas. “They fought hard against a tough Milwaukee team and should have earned a win tonight. The team continues to improve, but we will have to do a better job at closing out games.”

The Wave tallied the game-winner off a restart from the Storm yellow line. Howes fired a shot that found the top right corner past the Storm’s Sandre Naumoski, who was in goal due to a penalty given to goalkeeper Danny Waltman. The goal dropped the Storm to 6-9 in the MISL and improved Milwaukee’s mark to 10-4.

The Wave scored two quick goals in the first quarter by Erick Acevado and Troy Dusosky, giving them an early 2-0 lead. The Storm got on the board at 3:23 into the third quarter when midfielder Matthew Stewart knocked in a loose ball in front of the net. Stewart was making his first appearance for the Storm since injuring his left knee on November 26 against Milwaukee.

The Wave came right back and extended the lead to 3-1 after Matt Schmidt connected with Howes who brought the ball up field and drilled a shot just inside the yellow line past Waltman. Storm midfielder Novi answered at 8:52 in the third with a penalty kick, cutting the lead to 3-2 heading into the fourth quarter of play.

In the fourth, Karterouliotis recorded his first goal of his young professional indoor soccer career 59 seconds into the quarter, tying up the game 3-3. The Palm Beach, Florida native gathered a pass from Chris Carrieri and blasted a shot past Milwaukee goalkeeper Nick Vorberg, scoring the first of three straight goals for the Storm. Forward Byron Alvarez and Carrieri recorded the next two, giving the “Yellow and Black” a 5-3 lead. Milwaukee fought back to tie the game on goals from Angel Rivillo and Troy Dusosky.

Today’s contest will be replayed on Comcast SportsNet at 7:00 p.m. CT.

Scoring Summary
14:26 – Milwaukee Wave (1st) – Erick Acevado (Greg Howes)
7:11 – Milwaukee Wave (2nd) – Troy Dusosky (Todd Dusosky) RSG
3:23 – Chicago Storm (3rd) – Matthew Stewart (6) (Sandre Naumoski 3)
4:54 – Milwaukee Wave (3rd) – Greg Howes (Matt Schmidt)
8:25 – Chicago Storm (3rd) – Novi (10) (unassisted) PPG, PK
:59 – Chicago Storm (4th) – Gus Karterouliotis (1) (Chris Carrieri 8 )
1:18 – Chicago Storm (4th) – Byron Alvarez (10) (David Schneider 3)
9:52 – Chicago Storm (4th) – Chris Carrieri (5) (Jorge Valle 3)
10:07 – Milwaukee Wave (4th) – Angel Rivillo (Matt Schmidt)
14:30 – Milwaukee Wave (4th) – Troy Dusosky (Matt Schmidt) SAG
2:45 – Milwaukee Wave (OT) – Greg Howes (unassisted) RSG

Game 16 | Friday Jan 07, 2005
Chicago Storm Loses 8-1 to Cleveland
Jorge Valle Scores Lone Chicago Goal


MISL 1 2 3 4 F
Chicago Storm (6-10) 1 0 0 0 1
Cleveland Force (5-6) 3 1 4 0 8

Cleveland, OH (Friday, January 7, 2005) – The Chicago Storm of the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) dropped an 8-1 result tonight to the Cleveland Force at the Convocation Center in Cleveland, OH. Storm forward Jorge Valle scored the lone goal of the game for Chicago at 1:58 of the first quarter. Cleveland’s John Ball registered a hat trick in the contest as the Storm falls to 6-10 and sixth place in the MISL.

“We did not do the little things tonight,” said Storm Head Coach and GM Frank Klopas. “Cleveland played very well and did a lot of the things that we need to do to win games. We have a few injuries, but we need to regroup and head into a difficult match at St. Louis and keep focused.”

Cleveland scored the game-winning goal at 9:56 of the first quarter on a goal by midfielder Robbie Aristodemo to make the score 2-1.

The Force took a 4-1 lead into the locker room at the half with goals from Ball, Aristodemo, Rene Rivas and Joel Bailey. The Storm scored the first goal of the night only 1:28 into the game as David Schneider found Jorge Valle in front of the net as the Mexican forward slotted home his eighth goal of the season.

The Storm attacked the Force in the second half, but came up empty as Cleveland scored four more goals to extend the lead to 8-1. The loss is the largest margin ever for the Storm and the one goal is also the smallest output for Chicago.

The Storm returns to action Sunday, January 9 at the St. Louis Steamers at 6:05 p.m. CT from the Savvis Center in St. Louis. The game will be broadcast live via internet radio at www.chicagostorm.net and www.broadcstmonsters.com. The “Yellow and Black” return to Chicago for a date with the Kansas City Comets on Sunday, January 16 at 3:00 p.m. CT at the UIC Pavilion. The game will be live on www.chicagostorm.net and Univision Radio WRTO 1200 AM in Spanish.

Scoring Summary
1:58 (1st) – Chicago Storm – Jorge Valle (David Schneider)
4:17 (1st) – Cleveland Force – John Ball (Gary DePalma)
9:56 (1st) – Cleveland Force – Robbie Aristodemo (unassisted)
12:12 (1st) – Cleveland Force – Rene Rivas (Aduato Neto) PP
9:09 (2nd) – Cleveland Force – Joel Bailey (Rene Rivas)
3:41 (3rd) – Cleveland Force – Gary DePalma (unassisted)
10:24 (3rd) – Cleveland Force – John Ball (Gary DePalma)
13:15 (3rd) – Cleveland Force – John Ball (Jim Larkin)
14:31 (3rd) – Cleveland Force – Joel Bailey (Sipho Sibiya)

Game 17 | Sunday Jan 09, 2005
Chicago Storm Drops Last-Minute Heartbreaker 7-6 to St. Louis
Novi Scores a Hat Trick to Increase His Goal Total to 13


MISL 1 2 3 4 F
Chicago Storm (6-11) 2 2 2 0 6
St. Louis Steamers (11-5) 0 2 3 2 7

St. Louis, MO (Sunday, January 9, 2005) – The Chicago Storm of the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) dropped an 7-6 result tonight to the St. Louis Steamers at the Savvis Center in St. Louis, MO. Storm midfielder Novi scored a hat trick in the contest, but St. Louis’ Aaron Susi scored the game-winner with only 18 seconds remaining. The Storm fell to 6-11 and last-place in the MISL and a game and half behind the last playoff spot, currently held by Baltimore (8-9).

“We did a better job tonight and fought hard,” said Storm Head Coach and GM Frank Klopas. “The result did not come tonight, but the team worked very hard. We need to stay focused in games and do a better job finishing off our opponents.”

St. Louis won the game when midfielder/head coach Daryl Doran gathered the ball deep in Chicago territory. He dribbled the ball towards the Storm goal, drawing out Storm goalkeeper Danny Waltman and then passed the ball off to Susi in front of the net. Susi shot the ball into the open net to give the Steamers a 7-6 lead.

Novi’s hat trick was not enough for the Storm as St. Louis was able to overcome a 6-4 deficit with three straight goals. Steamers midfielder Randy Soderman knocked the first in with eight seconds remaining in the third quarter. St. Louis then got a contribution from Jeff DiMaria at 7:36 of the fourth quarter on a power play that resulted in a controversial penalty called to Storm midfielder Sandre Naumoski.

The Storm took an early 2-0 lead in the first quarter on goals by Novi, but St. Louis scored two short-handed goals by Matt Caution and Di Maria to tie the game up in the second. Chicago’s Matthew Stewart and Gus Karterouliotis responded to give the Storm a 4-2 halftime lead.

St. Louis’ Ibrahim Kante scored off of a direct kick at 2:08 of the third stanza to cut into the Storm lead 4-3. Novi then completed his hat trick at 3:16 of the third. St. Louis forward Joe Reiniger made it 5-4 for Chicago at 4:36. Storm midfielder Andy Rosenband then dribbled down the left wing past three St. Louis defenders and found Jorge Valle at the far post and the Mexican forward blasted the ball into the back of the net to give the Storm a 6-4 lead.

After the game a brawl broke out on the field and three players from each team were issued red cards. Chicago’s Byron Alvarez, Mark Ughy and Tijani Ayegbusi along with St. Louis’ Matt Caution, Brett Phillips and Mali Walton were identified by the officials as having commited extreme conduct.

The “Yellow and Black” return to Chicago for a date with the Kansas City Comets on Sunday, January 16 at 3:00 p.m. CT at the UIC Pavilion. The game will be televised live on Comcast SportsNet and can be heard on www.chicagostorm.net in English and Univision Radio WRTO 1200 AM in Spanish.

Scoring Summary
:48 (1st) – Chicago Storm – Novi Marojevic (Mark Ughy)
11:58 (1st) – Chicago Storm – Novi Marojevic (unassisted) PP, SOG
:44 (2nd) – St. Louis Steamers – Matt Caution (Mali Walton) SHG
1:23 (2nd) – St. Louis Steamers – Jeff DiMaria (Brett Phillips) SHG
4:37 (2nd) – Chicago Storm – Matthew Stewart (Jorge Valle)
6:25 (2nd) – Chicago Storm – Gus Karterouliotis (unassisted)
2:08 (3rd) – St. Louis Steamers – Ibrahim Kante (unassisted) RSG
3:16 (3rd) – Chicago Storm – Novi Marojevic (unassisted)
4:36 (3rd) – St. Louis Steamers – Joe Reiniger (unassisted)
10:14 (3rd) – Chicago Storm – Jorge Valle (Andy Rosenband)
14:51 (3rd) – St. Louis Steamers – Randy Soderman (Joe Reiniger)
7:36 (4th) – St. Louis Steamers – Jeff Di Maria (Joe Reiniger)
14:42 (4th) – St. Louis Steamers – Aaron Susi (Daryl Doran)

Game 18 | Sunday Jan 16, 2005
Chicago Storm Defeated by Kansas City 6-3
Andy Rosenband Tallies Goal and Assist

Highlights

MISL 1 2 3 4 F
Kansas City Comets (6-6) 0 3 2 1 6
Chicago Storm (6-12) 2 0 0 1 3

Chicago (Sunday, January 16, 2005) – The Chicago Storm dropped a 6-3 result this afternoon to the Kansas City Comets at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. The Comets scored six straight goals after the Storm pulled ahead 2-0 early in the game. Storm midfielder Andy Rosenband tallied a goal and an assist in the losing cause. The Storm dropped to 6-12 in the MISL and Kansas City improved to 6-6.

“We missed a lot of guys tonight,” said Storm Head Coach Frank Klopas, referring to the eight Storm players missing today due to injuries and suspensions. “This is the type of game, where you want to see other guys step up and unfortunately we did not. We have to learn from this game and move forward. There is a lot of talent on this team and we have to do more of the little things that it takes to win games.”

The Storm got off to a quick start in the first quarter after defender Gaston Pernia cleared a long pass to newcomer Jacob Ward. The former San Diego Sockers defender/midfielder found midfielder Andy Rosenband on a two-on-one breakaway. Rosenband buried a shot past Kansas City’s goalkeeper Sanaldo to give the Storm a 1-0 lead. Novi extended the Storm’s lead to 2-0 after he dribbled the ball from the right wing towards the middle of the field and rifled a curling left-footed shot into the bottom left corner.

Kansas City answered the Storm’s goals with three of their own in the second quarter. K.C.’s Armando Valdivia scored with 9:26 remaining, but Miordrag Djerisilo and James Koehler tallied late in the stanza with 1:37 and 54 seconds remaining, respectively. The Comets shut down the Storm in the third quarter and added two more goals to extend the lead to 5-2 on Koehler’s second of the game and another from Anthony Maher.

After Kansas City scored their sixth straight of the afternoon from Vlatko Andonovski, the Storm fought back. Chicago was able to cut into the lead when Lazo Alavanja rocketed a shot into the top left corner to make it 6-3. The Storm added Novi as the sixth attacker to continue the pressure on the Comets’ defense, but the effort came up empty.

Chicago launched 22 shots at Kansas City, but Sanaldo was able to close the door on the Storm in a contest that saw the Storm without eight players. Captain Ted Chronopoulos (on injured reserve due to a broken cheekbone), Costea Decu (on injured reserve due to a stress fracture in his right leg), Awadalla Morad (on injured reserve due to hernia procedure), Leo Pernia (knee injury) and Andy Guastaferro (abdominal strain) were missing due to injury. Byron Alvarez, Tijani Ayegbusi and Mark Ughy did not play today due to red card suspensions picked up last week in a game at St. Louis when the trio were identified by referees in a post-game fight.

The Storm will continue their six-game home stand next Friday, January 21, when they face-off against the Cleveland Force at 7:30 p.m. at the UIC Pavilion. This will be the third match between the two teams with the Force leading the season series 2-1. This game can be heard live on www.chicagostorm.net with Storm play-by-play announcer Kenn Tomasch calling all of the action.

Scoring Summary
5:01 – Chicago Storm (1st) – Andy Rosenband (8 ) (Jacob Ward 1)
13:53 – Chicago Storm (1st) – Novi (14) (Andy Rosenband 5)
9:26 – Kansas City Comets (2nd) – Armando Valdivia (Miodrag Djerisilo)
13:23 – Kansas City Comets (2nd) – Miodrag Djerisilo (Anthony Maher)
14:06 – Kansas City Comets (2nd) – James Koehler (unassisted)
:59 – Kansas City Comets (3rd) – James Kohler (Vlatko Andonovski)
13:50 – Kansas City Comets (3rd) – Anthony Maher (Miodrag Djerisilo)
1:35 – Kansas City Comets (4th) – Vlatko Andonovski (Jonny Steele) PPG
3:57 – Chicago Storm (4th) – Lazo Alavanja (4) (Jorge Valle 5) PPG

Game 19 | Friday Jan 21, 2005
Chicago Storm Snaps Losing Streak by Defeating Cleveland 8-4
Novi Leads the Way With Two Goals and Two Assists; Nino DaSilva Scored Goal and Assist in His Storm Debut


MISL 1 2 3 4 F
Cleveland Force (6-9) 1 2 0 1 4
Chicago Storm (7-12) 2 1 2 3 8

Chicago (Friday, January 21, 2005) – The Chicago Storm snapped a seven game losing streak with an 8-4 victory over the Cleveland Force tonight at the UIC Pavilion, improving their record to 7-12 in the MISL. Storm midfielder Novi scored two goals and two assists and Nino DaSilva added a goal and assist in his Storm debut. The Storm will continue their home stand this Sunday afternoon when they will face off against the Milwaukee Wave at 3:00 p.m. at the UIC Pavilion. This will be the sixth installment of the I-94 rivalry with Milwaukee leading the series 3-2 and can be heard on www.chicagostorm.net in English and Univision Radio WRTO 1200 AM in Spanish.

“This was a very good game for us,” said Storm Head Coach and GM Frank Klopas. “We came out and competed throughout the entire game. We knew that to win this game, we would have to come out with intensity and pride. We have shown what we are capable of and we just needed a bit of confidence. Sunday will be another good match-up for us as Milwaukee is a very good team.”

Storm forward Mark Ughy registered the game-winning goal at 9:56 of the third quarter. Novi fired a shot that ricocheted off of Ughy in front of the net and bounced past Cleveland goalkeeper Bayard Elfvin to give the Storm a 5-3 lead.

In the first quarter, the Storm came out of the gate quick, scoring at the 1:03 mark after Gaston Pernia found Novi, who recorded his 15th goal of the season after he flipped a shot from the right side just outside the yellow line past Elfvin. Less than a minute later, Ughy scored his first goal of the game and first in a Storm uniform at 2:32 of the first quarter.

Cleveland cut into the Storm lead after John Ball connected with forward Chris Handsor, who fired a shot past Storm goalkeeper Danny Waltman and into the top left corner making the score 2-1. Storm forward Jorge Valle extended the Storm’s lead to 3-1 with a goal at 2:26 of the second quarter. Valle’s tally was assisted by midfielder/forward Nino DaSilva, who signed a contract with the Storm earlier this morning and made an impact throughout the game.

The Force retaliated and scored two goals before the half as Ball and Joel Bailey registered to make it 3-3.

Chicago pulled away from the Force as Matthew Stewart scored his eighth goal of the campaign as he capitalized on an error by the Cleveland defense and slotted a shot into an open net to make it 4-3.

The Storm did not look back as the defense stifled the Force offense by only allowing 12 shots on goal for the entire game. Waltman only had to make three saves to earn the win as the Storm also registered five blocks.

DaSilva was at it again as he scored the final goal of the game to make it 8-4 at 8:31 of the fourth quarter. The St. Viator High School product gathered a pass from Novi, maneuvered around a Cleveland defender and fired a right-footed shot that blazed past substitute Force goalkeeper Jim Larkin to cap off a stellar performance in his debut.

The Chicago Storm would like to thank all of their fans and reward them for their loyalty under adverse weather conditions. Any fan holding a ticket to tonight’s contest between the Storm and the Force will be able to redeem their ticket for a free ticket to the Storm’s February 11th contest against the Milwaukee Wave at 7:30 p.m. CT at the UIC Pavilion. Fans can contact the Storm front office at (312) 226-GOAL (4625) or by presenting the ticket at the UIC Pavilion box office on the night of the game. Thank you for your support.

Scoring Summary
1:03 (1st) – Chicago Storm – Novi (15) (Gaston Pernia 5)
2:32 (1st) – Chicago Storm – Mark Ughy (1) (Matthew Stewart 2)
7:33 (1st) – Cleveland Force – Chris Handsor (John Ball) PP
2:26 (2nd) – Chicago Storm – Jorge Valle (10) (Nino DaSilva 1)
8:30 (2nd) – Cleveland Force – John Ball (Aduato Neto) PP
12:51 (2nd) – Cleveland Force – Joel Bailey (unassisted)
4:51 (3rd) – Chicago Storm – Matthew Stewart (8 ) (unassisted)
9:02 (3rd) – Chicago Storm – Mark Ughy (2) (Novi 9) PP
:27 (4th) – Cleveland Force – Renee Rivas (unassisted) PK, PP
:58 (4th) – Chicago Storm – Byron Alavarez (11) (Sandre Naumoski 4)
3:13 (4th) – Chicago Storm – Novi (16) (unassisted) PK, PP
8:31 (4th) – Chicago Storm – Nino DaSilva (1) (Novi 10)

Game 20 | Sunday Jan 23, 2005
CHICAGO STORM BLOWS PAST MILWAUKEE 7-3
Three Players Score Two Goals Each, Helping “Yellow and Black” to their Second Straight Victory


MISL 1 2 3 4 F
Milwaukee Wave (11-8 ) 1 0 0 2 3
Chicago Storm (8-12) 2 2 3 0 7

Chicago (Sunday, January 23, 2005) – The Chicago Storm picked up their second straight victory with a 7-3 win over the rival Milwaukee Wave, improving their record to 8-12 in the MISL. The “Yellow and Black” received two goals from forward Byron Alvarez and midfielders Matthew Stewart and Sandre Naumoski, helping the Storm to even up the I-94 rivalry series 3-3, with each team 2-1 at home. The Storm will continue their home stand next Friday night when they face off against the first-place St. Louis Steamers at 7:30 p.m. at the UIC Pavilion. The game can be heard live on www.chicagostorm.net in English and Univision Radio WRTO 1200 AM in Spanish.

“This was our best performance of the season,” said Storm Head Coach and GM Frank Klopas. “Overall we performed to the level we are capable of. There are still things we need to work on, but I am very happy with this performance. A lot of guys are getting healthy and they are making a big difference when they return to the lineup. We have to keep focused, since we have another difficult game this week against St. Louis.”

Storm forward Byron Alvarez registered the game-winning goal at 8:01 of the second quarter. The Mexico City, Mexico native notched his 13th goal of the season after defender Fred DeGand dished back to Alvarez on a three-on-two breakaway. Alvarez fired a shot past Wave goalkeeper Dan Green and into the lower right corner to give the Storm a 4-1 lead.

In the first quarter, the Storm scored first after defender Lazo Alavanja blasted a shot that deflected off Green right to Matthew Stewart who chipped in his first of two goals on the afternoon. However, Milwaukee answered right back less then 30 seconds later after forward Johnny Torres intercepted a pass in the box and fired a shot past Storm goalkeeper Danny Waltman, tying the game at 1-1. The “Yellow and Black” came right back and scored the first of six straight goals. Alavanja recorded his second assist of the game when he connected with Alvarez, who laced a shot that curved in past Green from the right side of the penalty area at the 10:37 mark.

The Storm dominated the second quarter, recording two goals of their own and shutting out the Wave after Waltman stopped both shots he faced. Stewart and Alvarez picked up their second goals of the game, helping the Storm to extend their lead to 4-1 before the half.

“Yellow and Black” midfielder Sandre Naumoski and defender Tijani Ayebusi teamed up for a pair of goals early in the third quarter, helping the Storm extend their lead to 6-1. Naumoski’s first goal came at 3:10 into the quarter after Ayegbusi found him streaking down the left side of the field. The Macedonian native tallied his seventh goal of the season after he gathered the pass and caught Green out of the box. Naumoski passed the ball off the boards to himself to get around Green and then slipped a shot into the open net. Less than a minute later, Ayegbusi recorded his third assist on the season after he connected with “Sonny” again, but this time he blasted a shot just inside the yellow line past Green and into the top right corner. Newcomer, Nino DaSilva also got in on the scoring action after he tallied his second goal of the season and in consecutive games on a pass off the boards from midfielder Andy Rosenband, giving the Storm a commanding 7-1 lead.

The final quarter featured a goal from Wave midfielder’s Angel Rivillo and Semir Mesanovic, but the Storm was able to hold off any late rally and pick up a 7-3 victory. Danny Waltman picked his seventh win of the season recording eight saves on 11 shots faced. The Storm defense allowed only 15 Wave shots as four of them were blocked.

The I-94 rivalry will continue on Friday, February 11th when the Wave comes back into town to take on the Storm at the UIC Pavilion at 7:30 p.m. CT. Any fan holding a ticket to Friday night’s contest on January 21 between the Storm and the Force will be able to redeem their ticket for a free ticket to this game. Fans can contact the Storm front office at (312) 226-GOAL (4625) or by presenting the ticket at the UIC Pavilion box office on the night of the game. Thank you for your support.

Scoring Summary
8:43 (1st) – Chicago Storm – Matthew Stewart (9) (Lazo Alavanja 7)
8:54 (1st) – Milwaukee Wave – Jonny Torres (unassisted)
10:37 (1st) – Chicago Storm – Byron Alvarez (12) (Lazo Alavanja 8 )
5:34 (2nd) – Chicago Storm – Matthew Stewart (10) (Leo Pernia 4)
8:01 (2nd) – Chicago Storm – Byron Alvarez (13) (Fred DeGand 2)
3:10 (3rd) – Chicago Storm – Sandre Naumoski (7) (Tijani Ayegbusi 2)
4:50 (3rd) – Chicago Storm – Sandre Naumoski (8 ) (Tijani Ayegbusi 3)
6:14 (3rd) – Chicago Storm – Nino DaSilva (2) (Andy Rosenband 6)
1:41 (4th) – Milwaukee Wave – Angel Rivillo (Semir Mesanovic)
9:22 (4th) – Milwaukee Wave – Semir Mesanovic (unassisted)

Game 21 | Friday Jan 28, 2005
CHICAGO STORM PULLS OUT 5-3 THRILLER OVER ST. LOUIS
Lazo Alavanja Scores Game-Winner to Give “Yellow and Black” Third Straight Win


MISL 1 2 3 4 F
St. Louis Steamers (12-8 ) 1 0 1 1 3
Chicago Storm (9-12) 1 1 0 2 5

Chicago (Friday, January 28, 2005) – The Chicago Storm picked up their third straight victory with a thrilling 5-3 win over the St. Louis Steamers (12-8 ) tonight at the UIC Pavilion. The Storm improved their record to 9-12 in the MISL. Chicago midfielder Lazo Alavanja scored the game-winner with 1:04 remaining in the game. The Storm will continue their home stand next Saturday night when they face off against the Kansas City Comets at the UIC Pavilion at 7:00 p.m. CT. The game can be heard live on www.chicagostorm.net in English and Univision Radio WRTO 1200 AM in Spanish.

“I thought this was a very well played game overall by both teams,” said Storm Head Coach and GM Frank Klopas. “It was a good win for us and our team is continuing to improve. St. Louis is a good team and the games with them have been very close. We were fortunate to capitalize on our opportunities and were able to put them away and really complete the win. It is a good feeling after we lost two close games to them in St. Louis.”

Alavanja’s game-winning goal came off of a direct kick from the St. Louis yellow line after the Steamer’s goalkeeper was whistled for a two-line pass. The Crown Point, Indiana native blazed the freekick past the two-man wall and into the top left corner past a lead-footed Phillips to put the Storm up 4-3.

The Storm’s Mark Ughy opened the scoring at 6:32 of the first quarter when Novi Marojevic found the Hungarian forward streaking up the right wing. Ughy slipped a shot through the legs of Phillips to put the Storm up 1-0 and earning his 15th goal of the season. The Steamers came right back after forward Ibrahim Kante chipped a pass from the right corner to defender Mali Walton who was racing down the center of the box. Walton gathered the pass and fired a shot past Storm goalkeeper Danny Waltman, tying the game 1-1.

The Storm re-took the lead at the 8:01 mark of the second quarter after Ughy tallied his second goal of the game and 16th of the campaign, putting Chicago up 2-1. Off a restart kick, midfielder Nino DaSilva dished off a pass to Ughy, who turned and fired a shot into the top right corner.

St. Louis tied the game at 2-2 when Kante scored at 5:13 of the third quarter. The teams battled throughout the quarter, but the defenses held tight and did not allow a goal on either end for the remainder of the period. Chicago finally broke through at 1:45 of the fourth quarter when Byron Alvarez found Sandre Naumoski with a pass at the St. Louis yellow line. The Skopje, Macedonia native ripped a left-footed shot past Phillips to give the Storm a 3-2 lead.

The Steamers fought back again when Phillips caught the Storm on a counter attack and found D.J. Newsom running up the right wing. Newsome dribbled in on Waltman and roofed a shot to tie the game for the third time. After Alavanja scored the game-winner, Alvarez tallied his 14th goal of the season with 14 seconds left on the Steamers sixth attacker to secure the win for the Storm.

The “Yellow and Black” played great defense for the third consecutive game as Waltman only faced 11 shots and had to make eight saves. The defense also blocked 10 shots with Gaston Pernia, Leo Pernia and Fred DeGand recording two each.

Scoring Summary
6:32 (1st) – Chicago Storm – Mark Ughy (15) (Novi 11)
11:00 (1st) – St. Louis Steamers – Mali Walton (Ibrahim Kante)
8:01 (2nd) – Chicago Storm – Mark Ughy (16) (Nino DaSilva 2) RSG
5:13 (3rd) – St. Louis Steamers – Ibrahim Kante (Mariano Bollella)
1:45 (4th) – Chicago Storm – Sandre Naumoski (9) (Byron Alvarez 3)
4:05 (4th) – St. Louis Steamers – D.J. Newsom (Brett Phillips)
13:56 (4th) – Chicago Storm – Lazo Alavanja (5) (unassisted) RSG
14:46 (4th) – Chicago Storm – Byron Alvarez (14) (Sandre Naumoski 5) RSG, 6AG

Game 22 | Saturday Feb 05, 2005
CHICAGO STORM THWARTS KANSAS 8-4
“Yellow and Black” forward Byron Alvarez records first hat trick of the season; Team Rolls to a Four-Game Winning Streak


MISL 1 2 3 4 F
Kansas City Comets (8-10) 1 1 1 1 4
Chicago Storm (10-12) 2 4 0 2 8

Chicago (Saturday, February 5, 2005) – The Chicago Storm picked up their team-record fourth straight victory with an 8-4 win over the Kansas City Comets tonight at the UIC Pavilion. The Storm improved their record to 10-12 in the MISL as Kansas City falls to 8-10. Chicago forward Byron Alvarez registered his first career hat trick. The Storm will continue their home stand next Friday night when they face off against rival Milwaukee Wave at the UIC Pavilion at 7:30 p.m. CT. This will be the seventh installment of the I-94 rivalry with both teams winning three games a piece. The game can be heard live on www.chicagostorm.net in English and Univision Radio WRTO 1200 AM in Spanish.

“We had a solid performance tonight,” said Storm Head Coach Frank Klopas. “We did a lot of the little things better, but we still have room to improve. The team has a good attitude and it is important for us to focus on one game at a time as we continue to move up and get better collectively.”

Storm midfielder Novi recorded the game-winning goal off of a penalty kick at the 4:08 mark in the second quarter. The Indian Park, Illinois resident laced a shot past Comets goalkeeper Sanaldo, recording his 17th goal of the season and extending the Storm’s lead to 4-1.

The Storm’s Nino DaSilva opened the scoring at 2:23 of the first quarter when defender Gaston Pernia intercepted a pass at midfield and found the Hoffman Estates, Illinois native streaking up the right wing. DaSilva ripped a shot upper post past Sanaldo to put the Storm up 1-0. DaSilva’s tally increases his point-scoring streak to four straight games, which are all of the contests he has appeared in for Chicago. The Comets came right back after defender Jeff Davis fired a shot off a restart goal that deflected off Storm defender Tijani Ayebusi and past goalkeeper Danny Waltman, tying the game 1-1. Alvarez gave the Storm the lead after defender Lazo Alavanja found him in the middle of the box. The Mexico City native gathered the pass and blasted a shot past Sanaldo for his 15th goal of the season and extended his scoring streak to four games.

In the second quarter, the Storm broke the game open after scoring three unanswered goals to take the lead 5-1. Alvarez got things started at the 2:04 mark after midfielder Sandre Naumostki flipped a pass into the box that Sanaldo attempted to clear. Alvarez then leaped into the air and fired a bicycle kick shot into the back of the net to record his 16th tally of the season. Just over a minute later the Storm extended the lead to 4-1 after Novi stole a pass and cleared it long up the middle of the field to Mark Ughy. The Hungarian forward gathered the pass on a breakaway and slotted a shot past Sanaldo for his 17th goal of the season. After Novi recorded his third penalty kick goal of the season, the Comets came right back after midfielder Justin Evans connected with a long through-ball to Drew Perkins, cutting the lead 5-2. Chicago received another goal from Leo Pernia after he raced past the Kansas City defense and slipped a shot into the goal for a 6-2 haltime lead.

The Comets managed to score the only goal of the third quarter after forward Dino Delevski found Goran Hunjak in the left corner off a restart kick, cutting into the Storm lead.

In the fourth, the Storm pulled away, after Alvarez completed his hat trick on a long pass from Waltman. Alavanja recorded the last goal of the game as Kansas City brought on the sixth attacker. Waltman continued his stellar play between the pipes and picked up his 10th win of the season after he managed to recorded 16 saves on 20 shots faced.

Scoring Summary
2:23 (1st) – Chicago Storm – Nino DaSilva (3) (Gaston Pernia 6)
11:53 (1st) – Kansas City Comets – Jeff Davis (unassisted)
12:45 (1st) – Chicago Storm – Byron Alvarez (15) (Lazo Alavanja 9)
2:04 (2nd) – Chicago Storm – Byron Alvarez (16) (Sandra Naumoski 6)
3:05 (2nd) – Chicago Storm – Mark Ughy (17) (Novi 12)
4:08 (2nd) – Chicago Storm – Novi (17) (unassisted) PKG
4:31 (2nd) – Kansas City Comets – Drew Perkins (Justin Evans)
12:15 (2nd) – Chicago Storm – Leo Pernia (7) (Matthew Stewart 3)
3:21 (3rd) – Kansas City Comets – #3 (Dino Delevski)
7:41 (4th) – Chicago Storm – Byron Alvarez (17) (Danny Waltman 1)
11:18 (4th) – Kansas City Comets – Jeff Davis (unassisted)
12:12 (4th) – Chicago Storm – Lazo Alavanja (6) (unassisted)

Game 23 | Friday Feb 11, 2005
CHICAGO STORM ROLLS PAST MILWAUKEE 5-1
“Yellow and Black” Extends Winning Streak to Team-Record Five


MISL 1 2 3 4 F
Milwaukee Wave (11-10) 1 0 0 0 1
Chicago Storm (11-12) 0 4 1 0 5

Chicago (Friday, February 11, 2005) – The Chicago Storm picked up their fifth straight victory with a 5-1 win over the rival Milwaukee Wave tonight at the UIC Pavilion. The Storm improved their record to 11-12 in the MISL as Milwaukee fell to 11-10. The “Yellow and Black now lead the I-94 rivalry series 4-3 with one more game remaining between the teams this season. Storm goalkeeper Danny Waltman made 10 saves on 11 Wave shots in the contest to preserve the win.

“This was a complete win for us,” said Storm Head Coach Frank Klopas. “I am very proud of the team. They fought hard and just did a lot of the little things that we need to do to win games. It was probably our best performance of the season from start to finish. Milwaukee came out hard and scored the first goal and the guys reacted very well and they knew to be patient and the goals would come. They did not make many mistakes and were able to capitalize on some of Milwaukee’s. We are moving in the right direction, but there is still a long way to go.”

Storm forward Mark Ughy recorded the game-winning goal off of a restart at the 6:31 mark of the second quarter after Novi dumped a pass into the box right to him. The Miskolc, Hungry native gathered the pass, turned and fired a shot past Wave goalkeeper Nick Vorberg, recording his 18th goal of the season and extending the Storm’s lead to 2-1.

In the first quarter, the Wave got on the board first after defender Pat White blasted a shot from beyond the yellow line off the boards and midfielder Johnny Torres chipped a shot past Waltman to give the Wave an early 1-0 lead.

The Storm took control of the game, tallying four goals in the second quarter to pull away from their rivals. The “Yellow and Black” tied the game 1-1 after Lazo Alavanja blasted a shot past Wave goalkeeper Nick Vorberg at 4:40 of the second quarter. Storm midfielder Gus Karterouliotis raced up the right wing and slid a pass under a defender and right onto the foot of Alavanja. Karteroulots picked up his third goal of the season after Jorge Valle connected with him on the right wing. The Palm Harbor, Florida native gathered the pass and blasted a right-footed shot into the top right corner past Vorberg to give the Storm a 3-1 advantage. Ughy scored his second of the game and the Storm’s fourth of the quarter at 11:52.

Storm midfielder Nino DaSilva picked up the only goal in the second half at the 8:54 mark of the third quarter. The Hoffman Estates, Illinois native darted up the right wing and gathered a loose ball in the offensive end. DaSilva dribbled around Vorberg and calmly slotted a shot into the open net to give the Storm a 5-1 lead. The goal gave DaSilva his fourth of the season and extended his point-scoring streak to five straight games, tying a team record set by Byron Alvarez early this season.

The Storm will last game of their home stand next Friday night when they face off against the St. Louis Steamers at the UIC Pavilion at 7:30 p.m. CT. The game can be heard live on www.chicagostorm.net in English and Univision Radio WRTO 1200 AM in Spanish.

Scoring Summary
11:23 (1st) – Milwaukee Wave – Johnny Torres (Pat White)
4:40 (2nd) – Chicago Storm – Lazo Alavanja (7) (Gus Karterouliotis 2)
6:31 (2nd) – Chicago Storm – Mark Ughy (18 ) (Novi 13)
10:27 (2nd) – Chicago Storm – Gus Karterouliotis (3) (Jorge Valle 6)
11:52 (2nd) – Chicago Storm – Mark Ughy (19) (unassisted)
8:54 (3rd) – Chicago Storm – Nino DaSilva (4) (unassisted)

Game 24 | Friday Feb 18, 2005
CHICAGO STORMS PAST ST. LOUIS 8-1
“Yellow and Black” Extends Winning Streak to Six Games


MISL 1 2 3 4 F
St. Louis Steamers (15-11) 0 0 0 1 1
Chicago Storm (12-12) 3 0 2 3 8

Chicago (Friday, February 18, 2005) – The Chicago Storm picked up their sixth straight victory with a win over the St. Louis Steamers tonight at the UIC Pavilion. The Storm improved their record to 12-12 in the MISL and remained in fourth-place as St. Louis fell to 15-11, which is good for second. “Yellow and Black” goalkeeper Danny Waltman picked up his 12th win of the season, making 15 saves on 16 shots faced in the contest to preserve the win and the lone goal came with only 1:56 remaining in the game. Storm midfielder/defender Lazo Alavanja extended his point-scoring streak to five games after picking up his eight goal of the season at the 4:36 mark in the third quarter.

“This was our best performance of the season,” said Storm Head Coach Frank Klopas. “I have said that after a few games lately, but the team just keeps improving. Danny was unbelievable tonight. I do not know how he makes some of these saves. We really wanted to get the shutout for him. They guys were working hard to get it for him. We were a little disappointed that we did not get it, but we won the game and are playing great soccer. Our offense continues to capitalize on our opportunities and the defense has been great. St. Louis is a very good team, so I am very proud of our guys tonight. They did not let up as they would in the past.”

The Storm attacked the Steamers early and got on the scoreboard first at 3:39 of the first quarter on a goal by Mark Ughy. Chicago compounded St. Louis’ woes when Novi scored less than a minute later to make it 2-0 in favor of the “Yellow and Black.” Defender Fred DeGand then tallied his first goal for the Storm at 5:56 of the first quarter to stun the Steamers and give Chicago a 3-0 lead.

Chicago took the advantage into halftime and then added to the total with two more goals in the third quarter. Midfielder Lazo Alavanja and Ughy added the goals as the Storm began to pull away from St. Louis. Alavanja’s tally tied a team mark for the longest point-scoring streak as the Crown Point, Indiana native has reached five straight games with a point. The mark was set by Storm forward Byron Alvarez to start the season and was matched by Nino DaSilva. DaSilva’s point-scoring streak came to an end tonight. Waltman continued to stymie the St. Louis offense as he compiled 10 saves throughout the first three quarters.

Andy Rosenband, Novi, and DeGand scored for Chicago in the fourth stanza as they took an insurmountable 8-0 lead. The Storm defense continued to shutdown a high-scoring St. Louis team and Waltman made five more saves in the fourth quarter until the Steamers’ Jeff Davis scored late in the game to make it 8-1 for the Storm.

Scoring Summary
3:39 (1st) – Chicago Storm – Mark Ughy (20) (Matthew Stewart 4)
4:30 (1st) – Chicago Storm – Novi (18 ) (Sandre Naumoski 7)
5:56 (1st) – Chicago Storm – Fred DeGand (1) (unassisted)
4:36 (3rd) – Chicago Storm – Lazo Alavanja (8 ) (unassisted)
6:07 (3rd) – Chicago Storm – Mark Ughy (21) (Byron Alvarez 3)
:29 (4th) – Chicago Storm – Andy Rosenband (9) (unassisted)
4:02 (4th) – Chicago Storm – Novi (19) (unassisted)
12:08 (4th) – Chicago Storm – Fred DeGand (2) (Matthew Stewart 5)
13:04 (4th) – St. Louis Steamers – Jeff Davis (Joe Reiniger)

Game 25 | Sunday Feb 20, 2005
CHICAGO STORM LOSES 4-3 OT HEARTBREAKER TO MILWAUKEE
“Yellow and Black” Winning Streak Comes to an End at Six Games


MISL 1 2 3 4 OT F
Chicago Storm (15-10) 0 1 1 1 0 3
Milwaukee Wave (12-13) 0 1 0 2 1 4

Milwaukee, WI (Sunday, February 20, 2005) – The Chicago Storm had their six-game winning streak snapped by the rival Milwaukee Wave after dropping a 4-3 overtime thriller Sunday afternoon at the U.S. Cellular Arena in Milwaukee, WI. The Storm fell to 12-13 in the MISL and into a tie for fourth place with the Kansas City Comets. The Wave improved to 15-10 after forward/midfielder Giuliano Oliviero picked up the game-winning goal at the 2:47 mark in overtime. The regular season I-94 series ends with each team winning four games.

“This was a game of missed opportunities for us today,” said Storm Head Coach Frank Klopas. “We gave up too many opportunities and they capitalized. The team played well and it was a great effort. Now, we have to prepare for next week as we have two tough games coming up. We need to stay on track and play well.

Milwaukee defender Chris Morman found Oliviero deep in Storm territory and he rifled a shot past Storm goalkeeper Danny Waltman and into the back of the net to give Milwaukee a 4-3 overtime win.

In the first quarter, both teams were held scoreless. Waltman made six first quarter saves to close the door on the Wave. Wave goalkeeper Nick Vorberg made three stops against the Storm offense as the defenses played solidly.

Milwaukee forward Greg Howes tallied the first goal of the game at the 2:56 mark of the second quarter after Ricardinho connected with Howes for a power-play goal. Chicago countered with only 1:20 remaining in the half. Chicago midfielder Lazo Alavanja blasted a one-timer into the lower right corner to tie the game 1-1. Alavanja’s goal increased his point-scoring streak to six games to set a new team record.

The Storm recorded the only goal of the third quarter after midfielder Andy Guastaferro found Byron Alvarez at the 12:04 mark. Novi started the play after he dished off to Guastaferro who was streaking down the middle of the box. The Canandaigua, New York native gathered the pass and dished off to Alvarez. The Mexico City native fired a shot past Vorberg for his 18th of the season to give the Storm a 2-1 advantage.

In the fourth stanza, Wave defender Joe Hammes knotted the game at 2-2 at 4:36 after he gathered a loose ball just inside the yellow line. The game remained tied until late in the fourth quarter when Guastaferro and Alvarez teamed up for the second time. Guastaferro started the play after he gathered a loose ball just past the yellow line and found Alvarez in the right corner. Guastaferro continued his run into the center of the box and Alvarez laid off a pass to him. The U.S. National Futsal Team member calmly shot the ball into the back of the net giving the Storm a 3-2 lead with just over two minutes left to play. The Wave brought on their sixth attacker and managed to tie the game 3-3 after Oliviero dished off the boards to Howes, who blasted a shot into the upper left corner past Waltman at the 13:39 mark, sending the game into overtime.

The Storm will now prepare for a two home games next weekend, starting Friday, February 25, when the “Yellow and Black” will face off against the Philadelphia KiXX at the UIC Pavilion at 7:30 p.m. CT. The Storm will then take on the Baltimore Blast Sunday afternoon at the UIC Pavilion at 3:00 p.m. CT. Both games can be heard live on www.chicagostorm.net in English.

Scoring Summary
2:56 (2nd) – Milwaukee Wave – Greg Howes (Ricardinho) PPG
13:40 (2nd) – Chicago Storm – Lazo Alavanja (9) (Leo Pernia 5) PPG
12:04 (3rd) – Chicago Storm – Byron Alvarez (18 ) (Andy Guastaferro 4)
4:36 (4th) – Milwaukee Wave – Joe Hammes (unassisted)
12:54 (4th) – Chicago Storm – Andy Guasteferro (4) (Byron Alvarez 5)
13:39 (4th) – Milwaukee Wave – Greg Howes (Giuliano Oliviero)
2:47 (OT) – Milwaukee Wave – Giuliano Oliviero (Chris Morman) PPG

Game 26 | Friday Feb 25, 2005
Chicago Storm Pulls Out 6-5 Thriller Against the Philadelphia KiXX
“Yellow and Black” Midfielder Lazo Alavanja Extends Point-Scoring Streak to Seven Games; Team Picks up Seventh Straight Win at Home


MISL 1 2 3 4 F
Philadelphia KiXX (16-12) 1 1 0 3 5
Chicago Storm (13-13) 0 0 5 1 6

Chicago (Friday, February 25, 2005) – The Chicago Storm extended their the home winning streak to seven straight games after pulling out a thrilling 6-5 victory against the Philadelphia KiXX at the UIC Pavilion. The Storm improved to 13-13 in the MISL and remain in fourth-place. “Yellow and Black” midfielder Lazo Alavanja extended his point-scoring streak to seven straight games after registering a goal at the 4:01 mark of the third quarter. Storm midfielder Andy Guastaferro managed to bag two goals in the contest against his former team as he has now scored five in four games against the KiXX.

“We started out poorly,” said Storm Head Coach Frank Klopas. “In the first half, they got the better of us. They were making good runs, capitalizing on our mistakes and (Philadelphia goalkeeper Peter) Pappas made some very good saves. When we came out for the second half, the guys responded and did a great job. They brought a lot of energy and started playing much simpler. We got confident after a couple of goals and we were able to take advantage of some of their mistakes. I am very proud of the team in how they reacted. Now we have to stay focused and prepare for Baltimore on Sunday.”

The game-winning goal came at the 5:51 mark of the fourth quarter after Storm midfielder/forward Nino DaSilva passed off the boards in the lower left corner to Guastaferro who was streaking down the middle of the box. The Canandaigua, New York native, gathered the pass and blasted a shot past Pappas, giving the Storm a 6-3 lead.

In the first quarter, Philadelphia got on the board first after midfielder Jeff Moore dumped a pass down into the corner, finding forwad/head coach Don D’Ambra who gathered the pass, turned and fired a shot past Storm goalkeeper Danny Waltman for an early 1-0 lead. Philadelphia added to their lead when Kevin Sloan blasted a shot from just outside the arch and into the lower left corner past.

Philadelphia’s 2-0 lead stood through halftime, but the Storm answered at 3:20 of the third quarter. Storm forward Mark Ughy recorded the first of five straight goals for Chicago. Defender Fred DeGand found Ughy on the right side of the box. The Miskolc, Hungry native turned and fired a shot past Pappas, cutting the lead to 2-1. Less than a minute later, defender Leo Pernia lofted a long pass to Alavanja, who controlled the ball on the right side of the field. The Crown Point, Indiana native faked right and left twice before he nailed a left footer at the 4:01 mark of the third quarter to tie the game up at 2-2. The Storm broke the tie 28 seconds later when Novi passed the ball across the field to Guastaferro, who settled the pass in stride and rifled a shot past Pappas.

The “Yellow and Black” extended the lead to 4-2 after forward Jorge Valle passed off the boards to Matthew Stewart. Pappas came up to the yellow line, but Stewart beat him to the ball and chipped a shot over him that found the back of the net. Storm forward Novi also picked up his 20th goal of the season at the 13:12 mark of the third to extend the lead to 5-3.

Philadelphia managed to put together a late run in the fourth after they brought on defender Pat Morris as the sixth attacker at the 4:31 mark of the quarter. The KiXX cut the score to 5-3 after D’Ambra picked up his second goal of the night on a pass from Goran Vasic. Philadelphia picked up two more sixth-attacker goals late in the game from John Barry Nusum and Vasic, cutting the lead to 6-5 with just under 30 seconds left to play, but the Storm was able to hold off the KiXX, picking up the 6-5 victory.

The Storm will return to the UIC Pavilion Sunday afternoon to face off against the two-time defending MISL champion Baltimore Blast at 3:00 p.m. CT. This will only the third meeting between the two teams, with the Storm winning both games. This game can be heard live on www.chicagostorm.net.

Scoring Summary
2:53 (1st) – Philadelphia KiXX – Don D’Ambra (Jeff Moore)
5:19 (2nd) – Philadelphia KiXX – Kevin Sloan (Pat Morris)
3:20 (3rd) – Chicago Storm – Mark Ughy (22) (Fred DeGand 4)
4:01 (3rd) – Chicago Storm – Lazo Alavanja (10) (Leo Pernia 6)
4:29 (3rd) – Chicago Storm – Andy Guastaferro (5) (Novi 14)
9:46 (3rd) – Chicago Storm – Matthew Stewart (11) (Jorge Valle 7)
13:12 (3rd) – Chicago Storm – Novi (20) (Mark Ughy 5)
2:56 (4th) – Philadelphia KiXX – Don D’Ambra (Goran Vasic) PPG
4:51 (4th) – Chicago Storm – Andy Guastaferro (6) (Nino DaSilva 3)
11:34 (4th) – Philadelphia KiXX – John Barry Nusum (Goran Vasic)
14:34 (4th) – Philadelphia KiXX – Goran Vasic (Pat Morris)

Game 27 | Sunday Feb 27, 2005
Chicago Storm Defeated by Baltimore Blast 6-5
“Yellow and Black” Midfielder Lazo Alavanja Extends Point-Scoring Streak to Eight Games


MISL 1 2 3 4 F
Baltimore Blast (12-15) 1 2 2 1 6
Chicago Storm (13-14) 1 1 2 1 5

Chicago (Sunday, February 27, 2005) – The Chicago Storm had their seven-seven game home winning streak snapped Sunday afternoon after dropping a 6-5 decision to the two-time defending MISL champion Baltimore Blast at the UIC Pavilion. The Storm fell to 13-14 in the MISL and and are in a fourth-place tie after the Cleveland Force defeated the Kansas City Comets earlier in the day. “Yellow and Black” midfielder Lazo Alavanja extended his point-scoring streak to eight straight games after registering an assist on a goal by Matthew Stewart in the second quarter. The Storm will now head to Kansas City on Wednesday, March 2, for a mid-week match-up against the Comets at 7:05 p.m. CT at Kemper Arena.

“I am very disappointed with the effort today,” said Storm Head Coach Frank Klopas. “They guys were tired after the game on Friday, but we need to do a better job of making changes. The games are getting tougher as we get closer to the playoffs. We need to come out with the intensity and the speed that we are capable of. We have another quick turnaround with a game on Wednesday against Kansas City, so we need to be mentally ready to play against another tough team.”

Baltimore registered the game-winning goal at the 6:32 mark of the fourth quarter after forward Tarik Walker found defender Wendell Regis who was streaking down the right side of the field. Regis broke loose and slipped a shot past Storm goalkeeper Danny Waltman on the breakaway, giving the Blast a 6-4 lead.

In the first quarter, the Blast scored early after midfielder Allen Eller passed off the boards in left corner to Walker, who one-times the pass past a diving Waltman for a 1-0 lead. The Storm came back and tied up the game 1-1 at the 5:14 mark after forward Nino DaSilva picked up his first of two assists after he passed off the boards to forward Mark Ughy. The Miskolc, Hungry native controlled the pass and chipped in a shot over Blast goalkeeper Sagu for his 23rd goal of the season.

The Blast scored 54 seconds into the second quarter to take a 2-1 lead after midfielder Lee Tschantret registered an unassisted goal from the right wing after the ball deflected off of Storm defender Leo Pernia in front of the net. Late in the second quarter, Baltimore extended their lead to 3-1 after defender Jeff Hare cleared a long pass to midfielder/forward David Bascome, who settled the ball, eluded Storm defender Tijani Ayegbusi and fired a shot past Waltman.

The Storm answered right back after Alavanja’s chipped a pass across the box and Sagu deflected it, but midfielder Matthew Stewart leaped to head the ball into the back of the net and cut the Baltimore lead to 3-2.

In the third quarter, the Blast extended their lead to 4-2 after Bascome found Eller racing up the center of the box and connected with a quick shot past Waltman. The “Yellow and Black” cut into the lead after Ughy passed across the box from the right side and found midfielder Sandre Naumoski in the left corner. The Skopje, Macedonia native gathered the pass and blasted a shot past Sagu to make the score 4-3. The Storm tied up the game 4-4 late in the third quarter after Naumoski passed the ball off the boards, but Walker’s attempt to clear the ball bounced off of Jorge Valle’s chest and into the net.

Bascome tallied his second of the game for the Blast with only nine seconds remaining in the third quarter. Tschantret flipped a pass from the right wing and Bascome one-timed it past Waltman for a 5-4 Baltimore lead.

Baltimore extended their lead to 6-4 after Walker found Regis on a breakaway down the right side of the field. The Storm managed to cut into the lead after Ughy registered his second goal of the game on a pass from DaSilva off of a freekick from the top of the box. With just over two minutes left to play in the game, the Storm brought on Novi as the sixth attacker. Unfortunately, Baltimore was able to hold off the late rally by the “Yellow and Black” to preserve the 6-5 victory.

The Storm will return to the UIC Pavilion on Saturday, March 12 to face off against the Kansas City Comets at 7:00 p.m. CT. The first 3,000 fans in attendance will receive a Frank Klopas bobblehead doll courtesy of Comcast SportsNet. This will the fourth meeting between the two teams, with the Comets leading the series 2-1. This game can be heard live on www.chicagostorm.net in English and on Univision Radio WRTO 1200 AM in Spanish.

Scoring Summary
3:16 (1st) – Baltimore Blast – Tarik Walker (Allen Eller)
5:14 (1st) – Chicago Storm – Mark Ughy (23) (Nino DaSilva 4)
:54 (2nd) – Baltimore Blast – Lee Tschantret (unassisted)
10:43 (2nd) – Baltimore Blast – David Bascome (Jeff Hare)
10:59 (2nd) – Chicago Storm – Matthew Stewart (12) (Lazo Alavanja 10)
5:24 (3rd) – Baltimore Blast – Allen Eller (David Bascome)
10:27 (3rd) – Chicago Storm – Sandre Naumoski (10) (Mark Ughy 6)
14:07 (3rd) – Chicago Storm – Jorge Valle (11) (unassisted)
14:51 (3rd) – Baltimore Blast – David Bascome (Lee Tschantret)
6:32 (4th) – Baltimore Blast – Wendell Regis (Tarik Walker)
7:52 (4th) – Chicago Storm – Mark Ughy (24) (Nino DaSilva 5)

Game 28 | Wednesday Mar 02, 2005
Chicago Storm Outlasts Kansas City 8-7 in OT
Fred DeGand Earns a Hat Trick; Lazo Alavanja Extends Point Streak to Nine Games


MISL 1 2 3 4 OT F
Chicago Storm (14-14) 3 2 1 1 1 8
Kansas City Comets (11-15) 2 1 1 3 0 7

Kansas City, MO (Wednesday, March 2, 2005) – The Chicago Storm defeated the Kansas City Comets tonight, 8-7, in overtime on a golden goal by defender Fred DeGand at Kemper Arena in Kansas City, MO. The overtime winner by DeGand completed his first professional hat trick. The Storm improved their record to 14-14, which keeps them in fourth-place in the MISL and Kansas City remains in last place in the seven-team league with an 11-15 mark.

“I am very proud of the guys for digging deep and pulling out a win tonight,” said Storm Head Coach Frank Klopas. “We gave up a three-goal lead and that can happen in indoor soccer and especially to a team like Kansas City, but the guys stayed with it and Fred hit a great shot to give us the win. Fred has done very well, since he has joined us and I am just happy that we are moving forward as a team.”

DeGand’s game-winner came at 1:13 of the overtime period when Matthew Stewart kicked the ball away from Kansas City midfielder Armando Valdivia. The ball went right to DeGand as he ran up the right wing. The Highland Park, IL native gathered the ball and fired a shot through the legs of a defender and into the lower left corner past a diving Comets goalkeeper Sanaldo to give the Storm the win.

Chicago held a 7-4 advantage after Sandre Naumoski scored on an assist by Jorge Valle, but Kansas City tied up the game at 7-7 with 1:24 remaining in the contest to send the game into overtime. Midfielder Dino Delevski blasted a shot from the yellow line that blazed past Storm goalkeeper Danny Waltman. Waltman appeared to be screened on the play as several players from each team were in front of the net.

Storm defender/midfielder Lazo Alavanja extended his team-record point-scoring streak to nine games as he registered an assist on a goal by Andy Rosenband at 53 seconds into the second quarter. The Crown Point, IN native cleared the ball out of the Storm defensive end and Rosenband raced up the left side of the field and beat Sanaldo to the ball. Rosenband lofted a shot over the goalkeeper and it bounced into the open net to record his 10th goal of the season and Alavanja’s 11th assist.

Chicago’s Andy Guastaferro, Matthew Stewart and Novi contributed with goals of their own as the Storm will resume action on Saturday, March 12 against the Comets at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago at 7:00 p.m. CT. The game can be heard live on www.chicagostorm.net in English and on Univision Radio WRTO 1200 AM in Spanish. The first 3,000 fans in attendance will receive a Frank Klopas bobble head doll compliments of Comcast SportsNet.

Scoring Summary
0:36 (1st) – Kansas City Comets – James Koehler (Justin Evans)
0:51 (1st) – Chicago Storm – Andy Guastaferro (7) (Byron Alvarez 6)
3:25 (1st) – Kansas City Comets – Craig Scheer (Armando Valdivia)
9:17 (1st) – Chicago Storm – Matthew Stewart (13) (Sandre Naumoski 9)
10:17 (1st) – Chicago Storm – Fred DeGand (3) (Nino DaSilva 6)
0:53 (2nd) – Chicago Storm – Andy Rosenband (10) (Lazo Alavanja 11)
9:28 (2nd) – Kansas City Comets – Vlatko Andonovski (Armando Valdivia)
13:48 (2nd) – Chicago Storm – Novi (21) (unassisted)
8:35 (3rd) – Chicago Storm – Fred DeGand (4) (Jorge Valle 8 )
13:06 (3rd) – Kansas City Comets – Dino Delevski (Miodrag Djerisilo)
1:31 (4th) – Chicago Storm – Sandre Naumoski (11) (Jorge Valle 9)
4:57 (4th) – Kansas City Comets – Oswaldo Medina (unassisted)
10:59 (4th) – Kansas City Comets – Miodrag Djerisilo (unassisted)
13:36 (4th) – Kansas City Comets – Dino Delevski (Armando Valdivia)
1:13 (OT) – Chicago Storm – Fred DeGand (5) (Matthew Stewart 6)

Game 29 | Saturday Mar 12, 2005
CHICAGO STORM ROLLS PAST KANSAS CITY 7-4
“Yellow and Black” Midfielder Novi Leads the Way with One Goal and Three Assists


MISL 1 2 3 4 F
Kansas City Comets (11-16) 0 0 1 3 4
Chicago Storm (15-14) 0 3 2 2 7

Chicago (Saturday, March 12, 2005) – The Chicago Storm defeated the Kansas City Comets 7-3 tonight at the UIC Pavilion in front of a season-high crowd of 4,711. The “Yellow and Black” improved to 15-14 in the Major Indoor Soccer League to remain in fourth-place and clinching to the last playoff spot. Storm midfielder Novi registered a goal and three assists in the contest, including an assist on the game-winning goal by Andy Rosenband. The Storm will now board a bus tonight to travel to Cleveland, OH for a contest with the Force at 2:05 p.m. CT. The game can be heard live on www.chicagostorm.net.

“The team played very well tonight,” said Storm Head Coach and GM Frank Klopas. “We knew Kansas City would come out strong and this was an important game for both teams. The crowd was very supportive and the team responded. We did well to keep pressure on K.C. and take advantage of our opportunities. Now we have to prepare for Cleveland tomorrow and this will be a very tough game.”

After both teams managed to hold each other scoreless in the first quarter, Storm forward Novi managed to tally the first goal of the game at the 9:00 of the second quarter. The Indian Head Park, IL resident gathered a loose ball that Comets goalkeeper Chris Damico was unsuccessful in clearing and rifled a shot from the far right wing, giving the Storm a 1-0 lead. The “Yellow and Black” registered their second goal of the quarter on a restart goal at the 10:09 mark after Nino DaSilva passed off to Mark Ughy down in the left corner. Ughy fired a shot that deflected off Matthew Stewart’s knee past Damico. Midfielder Andy Guastaferro extended the Storm’s lead to 3-0 after Novi fired a shot off the boards right to Gaustaferro who headed in his eighth goal of the season from the middle of the box.

Kansas City finally got on the scoreboard at the 5:38 mark of the third quarter after Armando Valdivia connected with Ibrahim Kante, who fired a shot from just inside the box past Storm goalkeeper Danny Waltman, making the score 3-1.

The Storm came right back and scored two goals, starting with a restart goal at the 10:37 mark of the third stanza. DaSilva passed off to Ughy along the left side. He then laid off a pass to Stewart down low against the boards and Stewart passed the ball right back to Ughy as he completed his run into the box. The Hungarian forward quickly one-timed a shot into the back of the net to record his 25th goal of the season. The “Yellow and Black” extended their lead to 5-1 after Novi made a long pass to Andy Rosenband who gathered the pass and raced up the right side of the field. The Hammond, IN native shook off a defender and chipped in a shot past Damico for his 11th goal of the season.

The “Yellow and Black” held off the Comets as Sandre Naumoski, gave the Storm a 6-2 lead. Kansas City’s Goran Hunjak scored to make it 6-3, but Storm forward Byron Alvarez scored an empty net goal to seal the game. The Storm’s attendance tonight is not only a season-high, but an indoor soccer record at the UIC Pavilion as it outdistanced all of the Chicago Power’s attendance numbers from the 1996 season.

The Storm will return to Chicago on Saturday, March 19 to face the Cleveland Force at 7:00 p.m. CT at the UIC Pavilion. The game will be televised live on Comcast SportsNet and can also be heard live on www.chicagostorm.net in English and on Univision Radio WRTO 1200 AM in Spanish.

Scoring Summary
9:00 (2nd) – Chicago Storm – Novi (unassisted)
10:09 (2nd) – Chicago Storm – Matthew Stewart (14) (Mark Ughy 4)
11:04 (2nd) – Chicago Storm – Andy Guastaferro (8 ) (Novi 15)
5:38 (3rd) – Kansas City Comets – Ibrahim Kante (Armando Valdivia)
10:37 (3rd) – Chicago Storm – Mark Ughy (25) (Matthew Stewart 7)
11:23 (3rd) – Chicago Storm – Andy Rosenband (11) (Novi 15)
:40 (4th) – Kansas City Comets – Goran Hunjak (Vlatko Andonovski)
4:03 (4th) – Chicago Storm – Sandre Naumoski (12) (Novi 16)
5:23 (4th) – Kansas City Comets – Goran Hunjak (Vlatko Andonovski)
12:21 (4th) – Chicago Storm – Byron Alvarez (Andy Guastaferro)
14:21 (4th) – Chicago Storm – Vlatko Andonovski (Goran Hunjak)

Game 30 | Sunday Mar 13, 2005
Chicago Storm Defeated by Cleveland Force 10-6
Defender Ted Chronopoulos and Forward Bryon Alvarez Record Two Goals Each for the “Yellow and Black”


MISL 1 2 3 4 F
Chicago Storm (15-15) 0 0 3 3 6
Cleveland Force (14-13) 5 0 2 3 10

Cleveland, OH (Sunday, March 13, 2005) – The Chicago Storm fell to the Cleveland Force this afternoon by a final of 10-6 at the Wolstein Convocation Center in Cleveland, Ohio, snapping their two game winning streak. The “Yellow and Black” now has a record of 15-15 in the Major Indoor Soccer League, dropping them down to fifth-place. The Force improved their record to 14-13 on the season, moving them into the fourth and final playoff spot and one game out of second place. The Storm will return to Chicago on Saturday, March 19 to face the Cleveland Force at 7:00 p.m. CT at the UIC Pavilion. The game will be televised live on Comcast SportsNet and can also be heard live on www.chicagostorm.net in English and on Univision Radio WRTO 1200 AM in Spanish.

“We didn’t do a lot of the little things today,” said Storm Head Coach and GM Frank Klopas. “This was a very difficult game and we played last night which made it that much more difficult. The guys were tired, but we need to now be focused on next week’s game against Cleveland which is very important for the playoff push.”

The Force got off to a quick lead: 59 into the first quarter after forward Aaron Susi slipped a shot past Storm goalkeeper Danny Waltman off a rebound shot from forward Chris Handsor to take an early 1-0 lead. Cleveland extended their lead to 2-0 after forward Sipho Sibiya connected with forward Chris Dore who rifled a shot past Waltman at the 7:36 mark. The Force proceeded to score three more unanswered goals in the quarter, one from defender John Ball and two from defender Genoni Martinez, giving them an early 5-0 lead.

After scoring five straight goals, the Storm managed to keep the Force out of the net for the entire second quarter, but Cleveland kept up their defensive pressure. Force goalkeeper Jim Larkin did his part to keep the Storm from scoring in the first half, saving all 13 shots faced to shutout the “Yellow and Black” and maintain a 5-0 heading into halftime.

The Storm finally got on the board at 4:59 of the third quarter after forward Bryon Alvarez gathered a loose ball and blasted in an unassisted shot past Larkin, making the score 5-1. Alvarez came right back and picked up his second goal of the game after forward Mark Ughy connected with the Mexico City native at the 7:45 mark, cutting into the lead 5-2. The Force quickly answered less than one minute later after Susi gathered a pass from Martinez, turned and fired a shot past Waltmen, extending their lead to 6-2. Cleveland increased their lead to 7-2 after Sibiya dished off to Ball who buried a shot for his second goal of the game at 10:33. The Storm came right back eleven seconds later after defender Gaston Pernia blasted a shot a shot that bounced off Force midfielder Gary DePalma’s leg and past Larkin off a restart kick, making the score 7-3.

In the final stanza, Cleveland got two quick goals from Handsor, which increased their lead to 9-3. The Storm did not give up and managed to cut into the lead after defender and team captain Ted Chronopoulos bagged his first two goals of the season early on in the fourth, cutting into the lead 9-5. The Force put the game out of reach at the 11:35 mark after Ball picked up his third goal of the game after he hit a shot from midfield into the empty net against Storm forward Novi who came on as the sixth attacker, completing his hat-trick. The Storm managed one more goal off a header from midfielder Matthew Stewart with just less than ten seconds remaining in the contest.

Scoring Summary
:59 (1st) – Cleveland Force – Aaron Susi (Chris Handsor)
7:37 (1st) – Cleveland Force – Chris Dore (Sipho Sibiya)
7:55 (1st) – Cleveland Force – John Ball (unassisted)
11:56 (1st) – Cleveland Force – Genoni Martinez (unassisted)
14:27 (1st) – Cleveland Force – Genoni Martinez (Adauto Neto)
4:59 (3rd) – Chicago Storm – Byron Alvarez (22) (unassisted)
7:45 (3rd) – Chicago Storm – Byron Alvarez (23) (Mark Ughy 9)
8:04 (3rd) – Cleveland Force – Aaron Susi (Genoni Martinez)
10:33 (3rd) – Cleveland Force – John Ball (Sipho Sibiya)
10:44 (3rd) – Chicago Storm – Gaston Pernia (4) (unassisted)
:21 (4th) – Cleveland Force – Chris Handsor (unassisted)
2:42 (4th) – Cleveland Force – Chris Handsor (Adauto Neto)
3:32 (4th) – Chicago Storm – Ted Chronopoulos (3) (unassisted)
5:09 (4th) – Chicago Storm – Ted Chronopoulos (4) (unassisted)
11:35 (4th) – Cleveland Force – John Ball (Gary DePalma)
14:51 (4th) – Chicago Storm – Matthew Stewart (16) (unassisted)

Game 31 | Saturday Mar 19, 2005
CHICAGO STORM DEFEATED BY CLEVELAND 5-4
Five Players Ejected Due to Fight in Third Quarter; DaSilva Tallies Goal and Assist

Highlights

MISL 1 2 3 4 F
Cleveland Force (15-13) 1 1 2 1 5
Chicago Storm (15-16) 1 2 1 0 4

Chicago (Saturday, March 19, 2005) – The Chicago Storm dropped a hard-fought battle to the Cleveland Force by a final of 5-4 tonight at the UIC Pavilion. The “Yellow and Black” fell to 15-16 in the Major Indoor Soccer League to remain in fifth-place, while Cleveland remained in the fourth and final playoff spot with a record of 15-13. Force midfielder/forward and team captain John Ball connected with forward Tamas Weisz for the game-winning goal at the 5:46 mark of the fourth quarter. The Storm will face off against Force one more time this season on April 15 in Cleveland at the Wolstein Convocation Center. The game can be heard live on www.chicagostorm.net.

“I am very sorry for the fans and the game that an incident mars an otherwise entertaining game of soccer,” said Storm Head Coach Frank Klopas. “I am very proud of the team and that they played well throughout the game. Even though we were short on defenders, they still worked hard.”

In the first quarter, Cleveland registered the first goal of the game at the 11:34 mark after the Force caught the Storm’s defense up the field. Ball dumped in a long pass from the right side just past midfield to forward Chris Handsor who was standing on the left side of the box. Handsor gathered the pass and chipped in a shot up over Storm goalkeeper Danny Waltman’s head, giving the Force an early 1-0 lead. The Storm answered right back twelve seconds later after midfielder/forward Nino DaSilva laid the ball off to defender Gaston Pernia just behind midfield. The Buenos Aires, Argentina native gathered the ball, passed off the boards to himself, raced up the right side of the field and buried a left footer upper left post past Force goalkeeper Jim Larkin to even the score 1-1.

Cleveland broke the 1-1 tie midway through the second quarter after midfielder/forward Robbie Aristodemo dished off to forward Aaron Susi down in the right corner. Susi gathered the pass and rifled a shot past from the lower right corner past Waltman, making the score 2-1. The “Yellow and Black” came right back with a goal of their own at the 9:37 mark after midfielder Matthew Stewart controlled the ball down in the left corner and flipped a pass across the box to DaSilva. The Hoffman Estates, Illinois resident gathered the pass in stride and blasted a shot from the right wing past Larkin, tying up the score 2-2. The Storm took a 3-2 lead with only fifty-three seconds left in the half after midfielder Andy Guastaferro dished off to Novi on the right side. The Indian Head Park, Illinois resident dribbled up and fired a shot past Larkin, bagging his 23 goal of the season.

The Force came right back to tie the game up at the 9:42 mark of the third stanza. Storm midfielder Lazo Alavanja blasted a shot that was blocked by a Force defender and cleared to midfield were Ball controlled the deflection, dribbled up the field and rifled a shot past Waltman for his second goal of the game.

After the goal, Ball ran past the Storm bench and made comments. He then bumped Klopas and a melee ensued as both teams’ benches cleared. After order was restored by the referee crew, three Storm players (defenders Gaston Pernia, Leo Pernia and Fred DeGand) and two Force (Joel Bailey, Aaron Susi) players were ejected. Force goalkeeper Jim Larkin was ejected, but the red card was rescinded. Storm captain Ted Chronopoulos was issued a yellow card as well.

After play resumed, the Storm took a 4-3 lead after Novi bagged his second goal of the game off a restart goal from the left wing at the 11:01 mark. Cleveland managed to tie the game up at 4-4 after Genoni Martinez connect with Handsor who blasted a shot past Waltman for his second goal of the game.

In the final stanza, the Force broke the 4-4 tie at the 5:46 mark after Ball passed across the box from the left side, finding forward Tamas Weisz in the lower right corner. Weisz gathered the pass and rifled a shot upper post past Waltman. The “Yellow and Black” brought on Novi as the sixth attacker at the 2:46 mark, but was unable to capitalize on some last minute opportunities.

The Storm will return to Chicago on Sunday, April 3 to face the St. Louis Steamers at 6:00 p.m. CT at the UIC Pavilion. The game will be televised live on Comcast SportsNet and can also be heard live on www.chicagostorm.net in English and on Univision Radio WRTO 1200 AM in Spanish.

Scoring Summary
11:34 (1st) – Cleveland Force – Chris Handsor (John Ball)
11:46 (1st) – Chicago Storm – Gaston Pernia (4) (Nino DaSilva 7)
6:35 (2nd) – Cleveland Force – Aaron Susi (Robbie Aristodemo)
9:37 (2nd) – Chicago Storm – Nino DaSilva (5) (Matthew Stewart 8 )
14:07 (2nd) – Chicago Storm – Novi (23) (Andy Guastaferro 6)
9:42 (3rd) – Cleveland Force – John Ball (unassisted)
11:01 (3rd) – Chicago Storm – Novi (24) (unassisted)
12:29 (3rd) – Cleveland Force – Chris Handsor (Genoni Martinez)
5:46 (4th) – Cleveland Force – Tamas Weisz (John Ball)

Game 32 | Friday Mar 25, 2005
CHICAGO STORM DROPS 6-4 RESULT TO ST. LOUIS
Forward Mark Ughy Registers Goal and Assist


MISL 1 2 3 4 F
Chicago Storm (15-17) 1 1 2 0 4
St. Louis Steamers (17-15) 1 1 3 1 6

Chicago (Friday, March 25, 2005) – The Chicago Storm dropped a 6-4 result to the St. Louis Steamers tonight at the Savvis Center in St. Louis, MO. Steamers’ defender Jeff Davis scored the game-winner with 36 seconds remaining in the third quarter. Chicago dropped to 15-17 in the MISL and are two games behind the Steamers, who increased their record to 17-15 for the fourth and last playoff spot. The Storm will now travel to Baltimore to face the two-time defending champion Blast Saturday, March 26 at 6:35 p.m. CT at 1st Mariner Arena. The game can be heard live on www.chicagostorm.net.

“This was a tough loss,” said Storm Head Coach Frank Klopas. “The team played very well, but the bounces just did not go our way tonight. St. Louis is a good team and we have had some good games against them this season. We have to do a better job finishing our chances and taking advantage of the mistakes made by our opponents. They did that to us tonight. Now, we have to stay focused and get ready for tomorrow night in Baltimore.”

The Storm struck first when midfielder Matthew Stewart gathered a pass from forward Mark Ughy in the center of the field. The El Paso, TX native raced in alone on St. Louis goalkeeper Brett Phillips and fired a shot over the left shoulder of Phillips. The shot caromed off the right post and nestled in the back of the net to give Chicago a 1-0 lead at 10:30 of the first quarter.

St. Louis evened the score at 1-1 at 13:54 of the first quarter when Jeff Di Maria took a shot that ricocheted off of Storm defender Fred DeGand and found the back of the net. Chicago took the lead again at 8:29 of the second stanza when Ughy slotted a shot through the legs of Phillips and into the goal for his 26th goal of the season, giving the Storm a 2-1 advantage. St. Louis closed out the first half by knotting the score at 2-2. Midfielder Mariano Bollella placed a shot past Storm goalkeeper Danny Waltman with 1:18 remaining in the half.

Both teams continued to exchange goals in the third quarter as St. Louis took their first lead of the game at 3-2 with only 21 seconds elapsing in the stanza. Waltman tackled Steamers midfielder Shaun David and St. Louis was issued a shootout attempt as Waltman denied David a scoring opportunity. Forward Joe Reiniger slotted the attempt past backup Storm goalkeeper Jeff Richey to give St. Louis the lead. Chicago battled back and at 8:51 were rewarded with a goal from Mexican forward Jorge Valle. Midfielder David Schneider hit a pass that wrapped around the boards and deflected off of Phillips. The ball landed in front of the net and Valle knocked it into the open net to tie the game 3-3.

St. Louis again took the lead at 12:30 of the third quarter when newly acquired forward Carlos “Chile” Farias blasted a freekick past Waltman for the 4-3 advantage. Once again, Chicago tied the game at 4-4 when Storm captain Ted Chronopoulos gathered a through-ball up the right wing and passed it off the boards. Forward Awadalla Morad got free in front of the net and knocked in his 12th goal of the season.

With 1:36 remaining in the third quarter, Davis scored the game-winning goal. St. Louis then tacked on an insurance goal as Marco Lopez took advantage of a miscue by Waltman and bounced a shot past the goalkeeper for the 6-4 win.

The Storm will return to Chicago on Sunday, April 3 when they take on the Steamers again at the UIC Pavilion at 6:00 p.m. CT. Prior to the game, the Storm will host the Chicago Soccer Legends Game at 4:30 p.m. CT. The Storm will also retire Chicago soccer great Karl-Heinz Granitza’s number 12 as part of the festivities for the Legends Game. For more information on the Legends Game, please call (312) 226-GOAL (4625).

Scoring Summary
10:30 (1st) – Chicago Storm – Matthew Stewart (16) (Mark Ughy 9)
13:54 (1st) – St. Louis Steamers – Jeff Di Maria (Daryl Doran)
8:29 (2nd) – Chicago Storm – Mark Ughy (26) (Sandre Naumoski 10)
13:42 (2nd) – St. Louis Steamers – Mariano Bollella (Joe Reiniger)
:21 (3rd) – St. Louis Steamers – Joe Reiniger (shootout)
8:51 (3rd) – Chicago Storm – Jorge Valle 12 (David Schneider 5)
12:40 (3rd) – St. Louis Steamers – Carlos Farias (unassisted)
13:20 (3rd) – Chicago Storm – Awadalla Morad 12 (Ted Chronopoulos 1)
14:23 (3rd) – St. Louis Steamers – Jeff Davis (Daryl Doran)
12:02 (4th) – St. Louis Steamers – Marco Lopez (unassisted)

Game 33 | Saturday Mar 26, 2005
CHICAGO STORM THWARTS BALTIMORE 5-3
Mark Ughy Tallies Goal and Two Assists; Fred DeGand Scores Twice


MISL 1 2 3 4 F
Chicago Storm (16-17) 0 1 2 2 5
Baltimore Blast (13-18 ) 2 0 0 1 3

Baltimore, MD (Saturday, March 26, 2005) – The Chicago Storm defeated the two-time defending MISL champion Baltimore Blast 5-3 tonight at the 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore, MD. Storm forward Mark Ughy tallied the game-winning goal at the 2:28 mark of the fourth quarter to improve the Storm’s record to 16-17. The Storm remains in fifth-place and is now a game and a half behind the Cleveland Force for the fourth and final playoff spot.

“The team played very well,” said Storm Head Coach Frank Klopas. “We were able to stay disciplined and capitalize on some great chances. Danny (Waltman) did a great job coming in when Jeff (Richey) got hurt. Jeff was doing a good job and it is unfortunate to see him get injured. We felt this was a good opportunity to get him some playing time as he is a good goalkeeper. The team responded well to the loss last night in St. Louis and they had great energy from start to finish. I am very proud of them, but there is a lot more work to do to get into the playoffs.

The Storm started the contest with Richey making his third start of the 2004-05 season. The Ft. Wayne, IN native made six saves on eight shots until he went down with a left hamstring strain at the 5:42 mark of the second quarter. Waltman stepped in and proceeded to shut the door on Baltimore, making four saves on five shots to earn his 16th win of the campaign.

Baltimore lit the scoreboard first as Lee Tschantret maneuvered around Storm defender Denny Clanton and slotted a shot past Richey for a 1-0 Blast lead. The defending champs struck again at 13:15 when P.J. Wakefield extended the Blast lead to 2-0.

Chicago battled back and midfielder Sandre Naumoski’s shot rebounded off of Blast goalkeeper Sagu and defender Fred DeGand knocked the rebound in to cut the Blast lead to 2-1. The Storm came out of the locker room at halftime and proceeded to apply a counter-attack strategy, which paid immediate dividends when Andy Guastaferro tied the game at 2-2 with his ninth goal of the season, at 2:34 of the third quarter. The “Yellow and Black” took the lead for the first time in the contest when DeGand knocked in his second goal of the game and his seventh of the campaign. Ughy found DeGand along the right wing and blasted a high shot that hit the far post and landed in the back of the net for a 3-2 Storm lead.

The Storm extended their lead when Ughy tallied at 2:28 of the fourth quarter after Nino DaSilva dribbled around two Blast defenders. The Hoffman Estates, IL native dribbled in on Sagu, drew him out of his net, and slotted a pass to the Hungarian forward, who knocked in a shot into the open net for a 4-2 lead.

The Blast cut into the lead when Giuliano Celenza scored on a diving header past Waltman at 4:45 of the fourth quarter. Matthew Stewart responded for Chicago only 48 seconds later to give the Storm a 5-3 lead. Ughy flipped a pass over his head as Stewart was racing behind him along the right wing. The pass bounced right into the path of the El Paso, TX native and he settled the ball and blasted a shot past Sagu for his 17th goal of the season.

The Storm will return to action on Saturday, April 2 when they travel to Kansas City to battle the Comets at Kemper Arena at 7:30 p.m. CT. The game can be heard live on www.chicagostorm.net. The Storm returns to Chicago on Sunday, April 3 when they take on the Steamers again at the UIC Pavilion at 6:00 p.m. CT. Prior to the game, the Storm will host the Chicago Soccer Legends Game at 4:30 p.m. CT. The Storm will also retire Chicago soccer great Karl-Heinz Granitza’s number 12 as part of the festivities for the Legends Game. The game will be televised live on Comcast SportsNet and can be heard live on www.chicagostorm.net in English and Univision Radio WRTO 1200 AM in Spanish. For more information on the Legends Game, please call (312) 226-GOAL (4625).

Scoring Summary
9:18 (1st) – Baltimore Blast – Lee Tschantret (Sagu)
13:15 (1st) – Baltimore Blast – P.J. Wakefield (Lee Tschantret)
13:27 (1st) – Chicago Storm – Fred DeGand 6 (Sandre Naumoski 11)
2:34 (3rd) – Chicago Storm – Andy Guastaferro 9 (Matthew Stewart 9)
11:31 (3rd) – Chicago Storm – Fred DeGand 7 (Mark Ughy 10)
2:28 (4th) – Chicago Storm – Mark Ughy 27 (Nino DaSilva 10)
4:45 (4th) – Baltimore Blast – Giuliano Celenza (Lee Tschantret)
5:32 (4th) – Chicago Storm – Matthew Stewart 17 (Mark Ughy 11)

Game 34 | Saturday Apr 02, 2005
CHICAGO STORM DROPS 6-5 OT THRILLER TO KANSAS CITY
Awadalla Morad Scores Twice; Storm Faces St. Louis Tomorrow at UIC Pavilion at 6:00 p.m. CT


MISL 1 2 3 4 OT F
Chicago Storm (16-18 ) 1 1 2 1 0 5
Kansas City Comets (14-19) 1 2 0 2 1 6

Kansas City, MO (Saturday, April 2, 2005) – The Chicago Storm dropped a thrilling 6-5 overtime result to the Kansas City Comets tonight at Kemper Arena in Kansas City, MO. Comets forward Ibrahim Kante scored the golden goal at 1:25 of the overtime period to drop the Storm to 16-18 in the MISL and two games behind Cleveland and St. Louis for the fourth and last playoff spot. The Storm will now turn their attention to the St. Louis Steamers as they will face their rivals tomorrow, April 3 at the UIC Pavilion, starting at 6:00 p.m. The game will be televised live on Comcast SportsNet. Prior to the match, the Storm will host the Chicago Soccer Legends Game at 4:30 p.m. CT, where Team Granitza will face Team Steffenhagen. The Storm will also retire former Chicago Sting superstar Karl-Heinz Granitza’s #12 jersey tomorrow at the Pavilion. For more information call the Chicago Storm at (312) 226-GOAL (4625).

“This was a tough loss for us,” said Storm Head Coach and GM Frank Klopas. “Kansas City is a tough team and we knew they would come out and play hard tonight. We need to do a better job finishing off our opponents. Now we have to focus on St. Louis tomorrow to get ourselves back on track for the playoffs.”

Kansas City’s Jamar Beasley slipped past the Storm defense and slid a shot to the back post that got under Storm goalkeeper Danny Waltman. Kante was positioned at the back post and shot the ball into the open net to give the Comets the 6-5 win at 1:25 of overtime.

Kansas City scored the first goal of the game as Kante flicked a shot past Waltman at 6:22 of the first quarter. Chicago answered at 9:05 of the first when Nino DaSilva knocked in a pass from Fred DeGand to tie the game 1-1. The Storm then took their first lead of the game when midfielder Sandre Naumoski headed a shot at goal. Comets goalkeeper Chris Damico parried the shot with a diving save, but the rebound hit Naumoski in the leg and scooted into the back of the net for a 2-1 Storm lead at 1:41 of the second quarter.

Comets midfielder Miodrag Djerisilo countered at 10:49 of the second stanza to tie the game at 2-2. Kansas City then overtook the Storm for their second lead of the contest, when James Koehler blasted a bicycle kick shot from the top of the arch into the top right corner past a diving Waltman for a 3-2 Comets advantage. Kansas City took the lead into the half as the Storm looked to regroup for the second half.

The “Yellow and Black” came out strong in the third quarter and Awadalla Morad scored his first goal of two on the night at 7:12 of the period to tie the game 3-3. Morad then put the Storm on top 4-3 with another tally at 11:05 of the quarter. The Comets retaliated to tie the game again at 4-4 when defender Vlatko Andonovski blasted a freekick from the left side past a stunned Waltman at 5:33 of the fourth quarter.

The Comets took another lead with 1:09 left in the game as Jamar Beasley slotted a shootout attempt into the back of the net for a 5-4 advantage. Storm defender Denny Clanton tripped up Drew Perkins as he dribbled in alone on Waltman. The foul triggered a shootout attempt for the Comets. Midfielder Dino Delevski stepped up to take the attempt and he dribbled in on Waltman as the goalkeeper charged out to cut down the angle. Delevski then passed the ball to his right to Beasley and he calmly shot the ball into the open net.

The Storm battled back again, but this time with Novi as the sixth attacker on the field. Chicago attacked the Comets to tie the game and Mark Ughy knocked in a rebound to send the game to overtime with a 5-5 deadlock.

Scoring Summary
6:22 (1st) – Kansas City Comets – Ibrahim Kante (Dino Delevski)
9:05 (1st) – Chicago Storm – Nino DaSilva (Fred DeGand)
1:41 (2nd) – Chicago Storm – Sandre Naumoski (unassisted)
10:49 (2nd) – Kansas City Comets – Miodrag Djerisilo (Drew Perkins)
13:28 (2nd) – Kansas City Comets – James Koehler (unassisted)
7:12 (3rd) – Chicago Storm – Awadalla Morad (unassisted) PP
11:05 (3rd) – Chicago Storm – Awadalla Morad (unassisted) PP
5:33 (4th) – Kansas City Comets – Vlatko Andonovski (unassisted)
13:51 (4th) – Kansas City Comets – Jamar Beasley (Dino Delevski) PP
14:13 (4th) – Chicago Storm – Mark Ughy (unassisted)
1:25 (OT) – Kansas City Comets – Ibrahim Kante (Jamar Beasley)

Game 35 | Sunday Apr 03, 2005
CHICAGO STORM DEFEATED BY ST. LOUIS 7-5
Awadalla Morad and Nino DaSilva Add Goal and Assist Each

Highlights

MISL 1 2 3 4 F
St. Louis Steamers (19-16) 3 0 2 2 7
Chicago Storm (16-19) 2 1 1 1 5

Chicago (Sunday, April 3, 2005) – The Chicago Storm dropped a 7-5 decision tonight to the St. Louis Steamers at the UIC Pavilion and remains in fifth place in the MISL with a record of 16-19. The Steamers improved to 19-16 in the MISL, moving into third place just in front of the Cleveland Force. Steamers midfielder Sterling Wescott scored the game-winner in the contest to give the Storm their second consecutive loss. The Storm will return to the UIC Pavilion on Saturday, April 9 at 7:00 p.m. CT. The game can be heard live on www.chicagostorm.net in English and on Univision Radio WRTO 1200 AM in Spanish.

“This was another tough loss for us,” said Storm Head Coach Frank Klopas. “We need to be more disciplined throughout the field and play better defense. We did not take advantage of our scoring opportunities in the game either. We just have to stay focused on the game. Next week’s game becomes even more important with the loss today.”

The Storm got on the scoreboard first as Awadalla Morad fed a pass to Matthew Stewart, who was racing down the right wing. The El Paso, TX native flipped a shot past Phillips to put the Storm up 1-0 at 4:28 of the first quarter. St. Louis countered with a goal by Mariano Bollella at 6:06 of the first, tying the game 1-1. The Steamers broke the tie at the 11:27 mark after Daryl Doran connected with Shaun David, who rifled a shot past Storm goalkeeper Danny Waltman. The “Yellow and Black” answered right back less than a minute later to tie the game up 2-2 after Nino DaSilva found Andy Guastaferro on the far right wing. The U.S. National Futsal Team member buried a shot past Steamers goalkeeper Brett Phillips for this 10th goal of the season. Wescott scored his first of the game just 21 seconds later to give the lead back to the Steamers 3-2.

Just 36 seconds into the second quarter, Storm midfielder Lazo Alavanja stole a pass in the Steamers defensive zone and blasted a shot past Phillips to tie the game 3-3. The tie stood for the remainder of the second quarter.

Steamers forward Cal Thomas deflected a shot past Waltman to give St. Louis the lead again, 4-3, at 3:01 of the third quarter. Chicago answered at the 7:53 mark when Nino DaSilva hit a scissors kick that bounced past Phillips and into the back of the net to tie the game 4-4.

St. Louis regained the lead and did not look back when Jeff DiMaria knocked in a goal for the 5-4 advantage at 12:39 of the third stanza. Wescott registered the game-winner at the 3:00 mark of the fourth quarter. Matt Caution then iced the game for St. Louis at 7:25 of the fourth quarter when he knocked in a rebound of a Jeff DiMaria shot. The initial shot was parried away by a diving Waltman, but the ball hit Caution and bounced into the net for the 7-4 Steamers lead. Chicago added a consolation goal with the sixth attacker on the field when Morad scored his 15th goal of the season.

Scoring Summary
4:28 (1st) – Chicago Storm – Matthew Stewart (Awadalla Morad)
6:06 (1st) – St. Louis Steamers – Mariano Bollella (Sterling Wescott)
11:27 (1st) – St. Louis Steamers – Shaun David (Daryl Doran)
12:04 (1st) – Chicago Storm – Andy Guastaferro (Nino DaSilva)
12:25 (1st) – St. Louis Steamers – Sterling Wescott (Carlos Farias)
:36 (2nd) – Chicago Storm – Lazo Alavanja (unassisted)
3:01 (3rd) – St. Louis Steamers – Cal Thomas (Brett Phillips)
7:53 (3rd) – Chicago Storm – Nino DaSilva (Ted Chronopoulos)
12:39 (3rd) – St. Louis Steamers – Jeff DiMaria (Carlos Farias)
3:00 (4th) – St. Louis Steamers – Sterling Wescott (Fernando Errecalde)
7:25 (4th) – St. Louis Steamers – Matt Caution (Jeff DiMaria)
10:36 (4th) – Chicago Storm – Awadalla Morad (Mark Ughy)

Game 36 | Saturday Apr 09, 2005
CHICAGO STORM TOPPLES ST. LOUIS 7-2
Matthew Stewart Registers a Goal and Two Assists; Danny Waltman Makes 11 Saves


MISL 1 2 3 4 F
St. Louis Steamers (19-17) 0 1 0 1 2
Chicago Storm (17-19) 2 1 1 3 7

Chicago (Saturday, April 9, 2005) – The Chicago Storm defeated the St. Louis Steamers 7-2 tonight at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. Storm midfielder Matthew Stewart scored a goal and assisted on two others to increase the “Yellow and Black’s” record to 17-19 in the MISL. The Storm moved two games behind the Cleveland Force (18-16) and St. Louis (19-17) for the fourth and final playoff spot with only three regular season games remaining for Chicago. The Storm will return to action on Friday, April 15 when they travel to Cleveland to face the Force at 6:35 p.m. CT.

“We scored some beautiful goals tonight,” said Storm Head Coach and GM Frank Klopas. “We did a lot of good things tonight and we were able to finish some good chances. We also made some mental mistakes and we were fortunate that they did not score on them. This was a good win tonight and we have to focus on the next game and just take it one game at a time at this point.”

The Chicago Storm lit the scoreboard first at 4:16 of the opening stanza when Stewart came away with a loose ball from Steamers defender Mali Walton along the left wing boards. The El Paso, TX native got away from Walton and fed a pass across the penalty area to Novi Marojevic, who was making a run. Novi blasted a right-footed shot past the diving St. Louis goalkeeper Brett Phillips to give the Storm a 1-0 lead and to give the Indian Head Park native his 25th goal of the season.

The “Yellow and Black” compounded the Steamers’ woes at 10:19 of the first quarter when Awadalla Morad flipped a pass to Leo Pernia at the top of the St. Louis arc. The Argentina native one-timed a shot past Phillips for the 2-0 advantage.

At the start of the second quarter, Fred DeGand found Sandre Naumoski racing up the right wing and fed him with a through-ball. Naumoski touched the ball forward twice and ripped a shot from just outside the St. Louis yellow line that found the lower left corner past a diving Phillips for a 3-0 Storm lead. St. Louis cut into the Storm lead at 3-1, when Shaun David tallied an unassisted goal at 10:48 of the second quarter.

The Storm caught the Steamers on a counter attack at 4:58 of the third quarter, when Stewart raced up the right wing on a two-on-one break. Jorge Valle ran up the left side as Stewart dribbled forward and Walton raced back to defend. Stewart placed a pass across to Valle and the Mexico City native one-timed a shot past Phillips for the 4-1 lead.

St. Louis cut the Storm lead in half after player/head coach Daryl Doran knocked in a shot in front of the Chicago net. Farias maneuvered around the Storm’s David Schneider and sent in a pass to Doran, who was holding off a Storm defender. Doran got his foot on the pass and put it past Waltman to make it 4-2 Chicago.

The Storm started to pull away when Mark Ughy found the back of the net for his 29th goal of the season. Novi found the Hungarian forward in front of the Steamer’s goal and Ughy faked to the right causing St. Louis goalkeeper Bob Graeff to fall to the ground. Ughy then flipped a shot into the open net to make it 5-2 for the Storm.

Chicago added two empty net goals late in the contest by Stewart and Nino DaSilva to ice the game at 7-2. Stewart’s tally came when he intercepted a pass at the midfield line and lofted a shot over several St. Louis players and into the center of the net.

The Storm will return to Chicago on Saturday, April 16 when they face the two-time defending MISL champion Baltimore Blast at 3:00 p.m. CT. The game can be heard live on www.chicagostorm.net in English and Univision Radio WRTO 1200 AM in Spanish.

Scoring Summary
4:16 (1st) – Chicago Storm – Novi Marojevic 25 (Matthew Stewart 10)
10:19 (1st) – Chicago Storm – Leo Pernia 8 (Awadalla Morad 6)
1:07 (2nd) – Chicago Storm – Sandre Naumoski 14 (Fred DeGand 10)
10:48 (2nd) – St. Louis Steamers – Shaun David (Carlos Farias)
4:58 (3rd) – Chicago Storm – Jorge Valle 13 (Matthew Stewart 11)
6:40 (4th) – St. Louis Steamers – Daryl Doran (Carlos Farias)
8:47 (4th) – Chicago Storm – Mark Ughy 29 (Novi Marojevic 18 )
12:03 (4th) – Chicago Storm – Matthew Stewart 19 (unassisted)
13:02 (4th) – Chicago Storm – Nino DaSilva 12 (unassisted)

Game 37 | Friday Apr 15, 2005
CHICAGO STORM DEFEATED 7-2 BY CLEVELAND
“Yellow and Black” Needs to Win Remaining Two Games and Get Help to Make Playoffs


MISL 1 2 3 4 F
Chicago Storm (17-20) 2 0 0 0 2
Cleveland Force (20-16) 2 3 2 0 7

Cleveland, OH (Friday, April 15, 2005) – The Chicago Storm dropped a 7-2 result tonight to the Cleveland Force at the Wolstein Convocation Center in Cleveland, OH. The win clinched a playoff spot for Cleveland and dropped the Storm to 17-20 and fifth-place in the MISL. The Storm’s playoff hopes dimmed as they will need to win both of their remaining games of the campaign and the St. Louis Steamers will need to drop their final three contests. The Storm will return to Chicago for an afternoon date with the Baltimore Blast on Saturday, April 16 at 3:00 p.m. CT at the UIC Pavilion. Prior to the game, the Storm will know if their playoff hopes are still alive as the St. Louis Steamers host the Milwaukee Wave at 1:05 p.m. CT.

“This was a tough loss again in Cleveland,” said Storm Head Coach Frank Klopas. “We started out well and were able to score some goals and do a lot of the little things, but they capitalized on some mistakes and the game got away from us. We did not take advantage of our opportunities and that cost us.”

The Cleveland Force started the contest by scoring two first quarter goals for a 2-0 advantage on the Storm. Cleveland defender Josh Timbers gathered a pass from Gary DePalma along the left wing. He blasted a shot to that hit the near post and ricocheted into the goal for a 1-0 lead at 7:17. Exactly two minutes later, Force forward Antonio Sutton hit a shot from the top of the arc that deflected off of Storm defender Denny Clanton. The shot bounced to the right as Storm goalkeeper Danny Waltman was diving to the left and the ball found the back of the net to double Cleveland’s lead.

The Storm answered with two first quarter goals of their own to tie the game at 2-2. At 11:35 of the period Novi Marojevic powered a shot from the right wing to the far top corner past a diving Force goalkeeper Jim Larkin to cut the deficit to one. The Storm’s German international David Schneider tallied his second goal of the season at 13:06 to knot the score.

The teams battled in the second quarter as both has opportunities to take the lead, but Waltman and Larkin made saves to stymie the opposing offense. Cleveland got the upper hand on Chicago at 8:19 of the second stanza when Aduato Neto headed home a goal for a 3-2 Force lead. The Force added two more goals in the quarter to extend the lead to 5-2 going into halftime. Genoni Martinez and Allen Eller tallied for the Force as they started to pull away from the Storm. Cleveland added two more goals in the third quarter from Aduato Neto and Robbie Aristodemo to make it 7-2.

The Storm will return to Chicago on Saturday, April 16 when they face the two-time defending MISL champion Baltimore Blast at 3:00 p.m. CT. The game can be heard live on www.chicagostorm.net in English and Univision Radio WRTO 1200 AM in Spanish.

Scoring Summary
7:17 (1st) – Cleveland Force – Josh Timbers (Gary DePalma)
5:17 (1st) – Cleveland Force – Antonio Sutton (Tamas Weisz)
11:35 (1st) – Chicago Storm – Novi (unassisted)
13:06 (1st) – Chicago Storm – David Schneider (Awadalla Morad)
8:19 (2nd) – Cleveland Force – Aduato Neto (unassisted)
13:00 (2nd) – Cleveland Force – Genoni Martinez (Aaron Susi)
13:27 (2nd) – Cleveland Force – Allen Eller (unassisted)
0:20 (3rd) – Cleveland Force – Aduato Neto (unassisted)
13:53 (3rd) – Cleveland Force – Robbie Aristodemo (Aaron Susi)

Game 38 | Saturday Apr 16, 2005
NOVI’S HAT TRICK POWERS THE CHICAGO STORM PAST BALTIMORE 6-5
Andy Rosenband’s Tally With 8 Seconds Remaining Keeps the Storm’s Playoff Hopes Alive


MISL 1 2 3 4 F
Baltimore Blast (15-22) 1 0 2 2 5
Chicago Storm (18-20) 0 0 1 5 6

Chicago (Saturday, April 16, 2005) – The Chicago Storm won a heart stopping 6-5 contest over the two-time defending MISL champion Baltimore Blast today at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. The win increases the Storm’s record to 18-20 in the MISL. The Storm’s playoff hopes remain intact as the St. Louis Steamers were defeated earlier in the day by the Milwaukee Wave, 7-2. The top four teams in the league make the playoffs and only one spot remains as Milwaukee, Philadelphia and Cleveland have clinched berths. The “Yellow and Black” needs the Steamers to lose at Kansas City on Friday, April 22 and then the Storm must defeat St. Louis on Saturday, April 23 at 7:00 p.m. CT at the Savvis Center to make the playoffs. The Storm-Steamers contest can be heard live on www.chicagostorm.net.

“This is what indoor soccer is all about,” said Storm Head Coach Frank Klopas. “There were a lot of shots and some goal, but there was a tremendous ending. The team stayed in the game and worked hard and we got some good bounces and some great finishes. Novi was spectacular and took control of the fourth quarter. Andy Rosenband scored the goal he deserved. He works so hard and to see him score a goal like that just makes you feel good for him.”

The Storm clinched the victory with eight seconds remaining in the contest. Forward Jorge Valle found midfielder Andy Rosenband darting up the right wing. The Hammond, Indiana native jetted past two defenders and blasted a shot to the top right corner past a diving Baltimore goalkeeper Brian Rowland to give the Storm the 6-5 win. The goal was the Storm’s third with the sixth attacker on the field.

Chicago trailed the entire contest until Novi registered a sixth attacker goal to level the score at 5-5 with 1:03 left in the game. Storm midfielder Lazo Alavanja dished a pass to Novi just beyond the Baltimore arc and he ripped a shot that banked off of the lower portion of the left post and into the back of the net.

The Baltimore Blast got on the scoreboard first after forward Mike Apple fired a shot from the left wing that Storm goalkeeper Danny Waltman parried. The rebound fell to Giuliano Celenza and he quickly slotted it into the goal past the prone goalkeeper to give the two-time defending champions a 1-0 lead at 10:35 of the first quarter.

The Blast lead held up for the first half and Baltimore compounded the Storm’s woes when Sipho Sibiya deposited a goal to make it 2-0, at 4:13 of the third quarter.

The Storm cut into the lead at 12:16 of the third when Novi scored his first goal of the afternoon to make it 2-1. Only 1:10 later, Baltimore came right back and made it 3-1 when David Bascome tallied his first of the game.

The Blast extended their lead to 4-1 when Nate Houser blasted a shot past Storm goalkeeper Danny Waltman just 20 seconds into the fourth quarter. Chicago chipped away at the Baltimore lead and forward Awadalla Morad muscled in his 16th goal of the season at 1:11 of the fourth. Novi scored his second of the night when Matthew Stewart found him camped at the back post. The Serbian midfield maestro found an opening in the Blast defense and Stewart’s pin-point pass landed right on his foot and then into the back of the net to cut the Blast lead to 4-3.

Baltimore scored again when Bascome trickled in a shot under the arm of a diving Waltman to make it 5-3.

The Storm returns to action in their last game of their inaugural campaign on Saturday, April 23 at the St. Louis Steamers at 7:00 p.m. CT at the Savvis Center in St. Louis, MO. The game can be heard live on www.chicagostorm.net.

Scoring Summary
10:35 (1st) – Baltimore Blast – Giuliano Celenza (Mike Apple)
4:13 (3rd) – Baltimore Blast – Sipho Sibiya (P.J. Wakefield)
12:16 (3rd) – Chicago Storm – Novi Marojevic (Nino DaSilva)
13:26 (3rd) – Baltimore Blast – David Bascome (Lee Tschantret)
:20 (4th) – Baltimore Blast – Nate Houser (P.J. Wakefield)
1:11 (4th) – Chicago Storm – Awadalla Morad (Matthew Stewart)
5:05 (4th) – Chicago Storm – Novi Marojevic (Matthew Stewart)
10:38 (4th) – Baltimore Blast – David Bascome (Lee Tschantret)
11:48 (4th) – Chicago Storm – Mark Ughy (Lazo Alavanja) 6AG
13:57 (4th) – Chicago Storm – Novi Marojevic (Lazo Alavanja) 6AG
14:52 (4th) – Chicago Storm – Andy Rosenband (Jorge Valle) 6AG

Game 39 | Saturday Apr 23, 2005
CHICAGO STORM DROPS 4-2 RESULT IN SEASON FINALE TO ST. LOUIS
Loss Ends the Storm’s Season as St. Louis Clinches Final Playoff Spot


MISL 1 2 3 4 F
Chicago Storm (18-21) 1 0 0 1 2
St. Louis Steamers (20-20) 2 0 2 0 4

Chicago (Saturday, April 23, 2005) – The Chicago Storm dropped a 4-2 result to the St. Louis Steamers tonight at the Savvis Center in St. Louis, MO in the Storm’s final game of their inaugural season. The loss eliminated the Storm from playoff contention as St. Louis clinched the fourth and final spot in post-season play. The Storm ended their season with an 18-21 record in the MISL.

“The team did well and fought hard,” said Storm Head Coach Frank Klopas. “Unfortunately, the ball did not bounce our way and we lost a very tough game. We knew they would come out hard and try to score early and we just did not take advantage of our opportunities early. It has been a great season with a lot of great memories, but it is unfortunate that it ended earlier than we hoped.”

The Storm scored the first goal of the game when forward Mark Ughy scored at 2:54 of the first quarter. Storm defender Gaston Pernia fired a pass up the middle of the field to a streaking Andy Rosenband. The Hammond, IN native collected the ball, drew two defenders to him and found Ughy with a pass as he was racing up the left wing all alone. The Hungarian forward quickly one-timed a shot past Steamers goalkeeper Brett Phillips to give the Storm a 1-0 lead.

St. Louis answered at 4:14 of the first quarter on a goal by Joe Reiniger to tie the game 1-1. The Steamers took the lead for the first time in the contest when forward Cal Thomas put a shot past Storm goalkeeper Danny Waltman, for a 2-1 advantage. Thomas pounced on a rebound after Randy Soderman’s shot was parried away by Waltman.

The Steamers began to pull away from the Storm as Sterling Wescott tallied twice in the third quarter. The first came at 13:37 when Daryl Doran found Wescott in the center of the Storm’s penalty area, where he one-timed a shot past Waltman to make it 3-1 for the Storm. Wescott’s second came with nine seconds remaining in the third stanza to extend the St. Louis lead 4-1.

Chicago cut into the St. Louis lead at 1:45 of the fourth quarter to make it 4-2. Novi Marojevic sent a high pass in front of the Steamer’s net and Nino DaSilva redirected the pass past Phillips for his 13th goal of the season.

Scoring Summary
2:54 (1st) – Chicago Storm – Mark Ughy (Andy Rosenband)
4:14 (1st) – St. Louis Steamers – Joe Reiniger (Randy Soderman)
12:50 (1st) – St. Louis Steamers – Cal Thomas (Randy Soderman)
13:37 (3rd) – St. Louis Steamers – Sterling Wescott (Daryl Doran)
14:51 (3rd) – St. Louis Steamers – Sterling Wescott
1:45 (4th) – Chicago Storm – Nino DaSilva (Novi Marojevic) PP