MISL Still Undecided In Final Weekend

With just four games remaining in the MISL Soccer regular season schedule, a league champion is still undecided. The Milwaukee Wave (15-3) and Baltimore Blast (16-3) are virtually deadlocked on top of the standings. Missouri Comets (13-6) and Syracuse Silver Knights (11-8) have clinched the two other playoff spots as the third and fourth seeds no matter what result this weekend.

If Milwaukee win their final two games they will win the regular season title and earn the top-seed for the MISL playoffs. The Wave hold a tie-breaker with Baltimore by winning both head-to-head matchups earlier this season. MISL featured an unbalanced schedule this season and the two powerhouses only faced each other twice. That schedule also meant Baltimore played eastern opponent Pennsylvania Roar (1-18) a total of six time while Milwaukee had just two matchups with the struggling expansion club. Fair or not, it is how this MISL season has played out.

Milwaukee host the St. Louis Ambush (4-15) on Saturday night before closing the season against their rival Comets on Sunday afternoon. Sitting atop the league table from day 1, Milwaukee stumbled last weekend losing 15-9 to Missouri. The Wave now face a must-win scenario in their final two games in order to clinch the top spot for their playoff run.

Team scoring has been the strength for the Wave all season with ten players with 18 points or more. Ian Bennett (26 goals, 6 assists) is currently second in league scoring, followed closely by teammates Marcio Leite (16 goals, 20 assists), Carlos Munoz (19 goals, 6 assists) and Nicolas Perera (16 goals, 12 assists). Veteran goaltender Marcel Feenstra has had a solid season for Milwaukee, posting a 12-2 record to go with his 9.97 GAA and .747 save%.

The defending champion Blast have used team defense as their primary means of dominating opponents this season. Goalie William Vanzela leads the league with a 5.54 GAA and .831 save% with a 11-3 record in net. Those stellar numbers include two shutouts during the regular season.

While not scoring as often as Milwaukee, the Baltimore offense is not lacking scorers. Mike Lookingland (17 goals, 16 assists) leads the Blast in scoring despite not scoring a goal until game six into the season. Tony Donateli (18 goals, 9 assists) is the team leader in goals while Max Ferdinand (15 goals, 5 assists) and Lucas Roque (11 goals, 12 assists) have contributed often.

Baltimore close the season on Sunday with another matchup at Santander Arena against the Roar. With a victory the Blast would need one loss by Milwaukee to win the regular season and top-seed.

Fans can watch all four final MISL games live via YouTube.

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Author: Scott Ludwig

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