Blast take Game 1 of championship series, one win away from eighth title

Your Baltimore Blast are one win away from their eighth title after beating Soles de Sonora 7-4 Sunday night in Game 1 of the MASL Championship.

The game was much closer than that score would have you believe. Sonora struck first, with Franck Tayou scoring a goal early in the first quarter. The Blast notched two unanswered goals to close out the period, and then Sonora squared the match up early in the second. At this point, the Blast began playing a tight press against Soles goalie Diego Reynoso, yielding turnovers and two goals.

Sonora eeked out a goal with 17 seconds left in the half to make it 4-3.

As they have tended to do all season, the Blast put the clamps down in the second half, controlling possession with stingy defense. Goals by Jonatas Melo and Levi Houapeu staked the team a three-goal lead, and the Blast held Sonora scoreless in the quarter. By then, the stellar play of goalie William Vanzela, who at the start of the game collected the Golden Gloves award as the best keeper, and shutdown defense all but assured a Blast victory.

The Blast will travel to Mexico for Game 2, which takes place April 15 at 11 p.m. EST, so stay up late, cue up, and keep the champagne on ice. Should Sonora win, a mini game immediately after will determine who takes home the Ron Newman Cup.

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