KiXX-Rampage: Philadelphia Completes Sweeps of Rockford
Less than 24 hours after a thrilling 23-20 Liacouras Center win over Rockford (3-4), the Philadelphia KiXX repeat the feat to secure a two game sweep of their home-and-home series with the Rampage.
With the 10-9 win, Philadelphia improves to 3-5 on the season and moves another game up the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) standings.
As a matter of fact, the KiXX are now only a ½ game behind LaRaZa de Monterrey (4-5) and Rockford for third place in the standings, which will eventually be the final position for the MISL playoffs. Picking up two victories this weekend also has Philadelphia just two games out of first place in the standings behind the first place Milwaukee Wave (5-3) and Baltimore Blast (5-3).
As far as tonight’s game was concerned, the KiXX jumped out to an 8-0 lead and never looked back. Philadelphia knew the key to this match would be a fast start, and the team responded with an early Rey Martinez to Ryan Heins goal at 1:56 to take an early advantage, 2-0.
With the final seconds ticking off a power play opportunity for Philadelphia midway through the period, veteran defender Pat Morris, who scored his 175th career goal and registered a hat trick on Saturday, finished a Sandre Naumoski pass at 7:51 to give the KiXX a 4-0 lead.
Philadelphia then came out with the same intensity in the second stanza that they possessed in the opening frame. First, Villanova graduate Joe Taylor struck for his second goal of the season at 1:20 after being fed the ball from Leo Gibson, and Morris scored his second power play goal of the evening at 3:57 to put Philadelphia on top, 8-0. With the KiXX defense buckling down and goalkeeper Sanaldo making some key saves, Philadelphia held on the rest of the quarter for its second first half shutout of the Rampage in Rockford this season.
The next game action for the KiXX is a home match at the Liacouras Center on Saturday, January 23rd, when the team once again hosts Rockford. Tickets for that contest are available now by calling 1-888-888-KiXX or logging onto www.ComcastTix.com .
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