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New Britain, CT – The Wolves needed a win against the New Jersey Stallions
to guarantee a place in the US Open Cup; but a 3-2 loss has them looking on
the outside of the six-team qualification zone.

The first 20 minutes saw the Wolves control the match, getting four corner
kicks, but were unable to capitalize on the opportunities. Several times the
Wolves were able to string double-digit passes together, but were once again
unable to make the final pass to give the scoring opportunity.

Against the run of play in the 24th minute Rogerio Da Silva fired a shot at
Wolves goalkeeper Anthony Latronica, who parried the shot off, only to have
Da Silva run onto the rebound and put the ball into the open net.

The Wolves Anthony Latronica was making his first start in a regular season
match, since the season opener against the New York Freedoms. Da Silva and
his counterpart Julio Santos combined for 9 shots on goal in the match and
Latronica registered 7 saves in the match.

Just before halftime, Santos found a seam in the Wolves defense and had a 1
on 1 situation with Latronica and Santos also found the back of the net.

Halftime provided a new and wild form of entertainment, as public address
announcer had nearly 100 kids chase Striker the Wolves mascot around the
field, as Striker was trying to throw lollipops. Needless to say, this
"chase" may need some fine-tuning.

In the second half the Wolves came out with a menacing look and Shane
Watkins took it upon himself to create something as he stripped New Jersey
defender Mark Bennett of the ball deep in the Stallions end. Watkins then
forced goalkeeper Emmett Idzahl to commit and then Watkins slid the ball
across the goal for O’Neil Peart to score his team-leading fourth goal of
the season in the 51st minute.

The Wolves continued to apply pressure, keeping the ball in the New Jersey
end for minutes at a time. In the 63rd minute Davy Williamson made a
brilliant tackle to win the ball about 35 yards from the New Jersey goal, he
passed it out wide to Roger Kennedy who then gave it back to Williamson 8
yards from goal, and Williamson one-timed the shot past Idzahl to equalize
the match at 2-2.

The lead was short-lived as New Jersey’s Kwein Blamo received a ball deep on
the Wolves right side, and made a great move to elude Chris Houser’s
attempted tackle. Blamo then found Santos on the back post with a cross, and
Santos made the score 3-2 with his second goal of the match.

Three minutes later Da Silva was ejected for his second caution of the match
for timewasting, and the Wolves had their chance with the man advantage. For
the next few minutes the Wolves put in several crosses and had chances, but
were unable to get past Idzahl. In the 90th minute Wolves leading scorer
O’Neil Peart was sent off for a challenge on Idzahl and just seconds later
the final whistle had blown.

New Jersey: 1 Idzahl, 5 Johnson, 4 Ruzek, 18 Bennett, 3 Gomes, 9 Rigby, 34
Kemal, 25 Villegas (Jenks 62nd) 10 Fracchia (Blamo 71st), Da Silva and

Wolves: 1 Latronica, 2 McDermott, 8 Danbusky, 20 Houser, 4 Kelly (Kennedy
54th), 7 Williamson (Sousa 85th), 26 Jair, 5 Ravanello (Lilburn 66th),
Cartiera (Phillips 33rd), Watkins and Peart.

Scoring Summary:
New Jersey 24th minute – Rogerio Da Silva
New Jersey 45th minute – Julio Cesar Santos
Connecticut 51st minute – O’Neil Peart (Shane Watkins)
Connecticut 63rd minute – Davy Williamson (Roger Kennedy)
New Jersey 78th minute - Julio Cesar Santos (Kwein Blamo)

Connecticut – Ravanello
New Jersey – Da Silva (49th), Santos (66th), and second caution to Da Silva
(82nd Ejected)

Connecticut – Peart (89th)

Shots on goal: Wolves 8 New Jersey 10
Saves: Wolves 7 New Jersey 6
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