MKE WAVE FALL SHORT IN MAJOR ARENA SOCCER LEAGUE EASTERN CONFERENCE FINAL.
WIN GAME TWO; LOSE MINI GAME THREE TO DEFENDING CHAMPION BALTIMORE BLAST.
By: Meredith Lorraine Ketzler
Head Coach Giuliano Oliviero on…
Game 2 and 3 of the Baltimore series…
"I thought we did a great job in game 2 of the series playing start to finish. We played with a lot of energy and heart. The players delivered the game plan perfectly. When you fast forward to the 15 minute mini-game anything can happen. I thought we dominated the mini- game as well. The Baltimore Blast are the defending champs for a reason and they found a way to execute it. You have to give them full credit. We wish them all the best in the championship."
The season as a whole…
"We’ve made a lot of changes to the roster this year and could see the progression the players have made. We really came together as a team and bonded. I am disappointed we aren’t playing in the championship, but I couldn’t be more proud of the players on this team, their ability, and how they came together. They played their hearts out in front of our fans."
Midfielder, number 26 Ian Bennett on…
The games against Baltimore…
"In the first game we had control of it and let it slip away, but knew we had to come back and play the second game to win it. We did what we had to do in the second game that advanced us to the mini game. In that game we fell short a little bit. I definitely didn’t have my best performance today and I want to apologize to the team. It’s a learning curve. Hopefully we’ll fix it for next year."
"It’s been a good season. We started off a little slow, but at the end we came together as team and as a family. We had a really good season and honestly were the best team but we just let it slip away. I’m proud of the guys. Everyone stepped up. I just want to reiterate I’m sorry for my performance, but next season we’ll be ready to go."
"Thanks to the coaching staff, the fans, the league, and the players. It was an interesting and exciting year, hopefully it continues."
Defender, number 16 Drew Ruggles on…
The games against Baltimore…
"It’s always going to be a good battle when you play Baltimore. We prepared all season for this moment. It was just unfortunate that all the hard work wasn’t enough in the end. You win as a team and lose as a team. Tonight Baltimore had a game plan but couldn’t figure it out in the mini game."
Comments on his hat trick…
"It was really just being in the right place and the right time. We practiced that and it was a good start. It got the guys going and anything I can do to help the team is always satisfying."
“How would you describe the season?”
"It’s been phenomenal! Day 1 if you were to ask me if this is where we would be at the end of the season I would’ve said no. This is a special group of guys. A lot of people doubted us this year, but we kept fighting because we knew what we were capable of and tried to show it on the field. We’ll keep doing it every game no matter the results. This is a great team and I’m glad to be a part of it. We’ll get them next year." ###
MKE Wave 2016-2017 Regular Season Scores / Results:
vs Chicago 4 - 5 L Central Sun. Mar 5 Final
vs Kansas City 7 – 5 W Central Sat Feb 18 Final
vs Cedar Rapids 8 – 2 W Central Sun. Feb 12 Final
at Baltimore 2 - 5 L Central / Eastern Sat, Feb 4 Final
at Syracuse 8 - 6 W Central / Eastern Fri, Feb 3 Final
vs Cedar Rapids 14 – 3 W Central Sun. Jan 29 Final
at St. Louis 5 – 3 W Central Sun. Jan 22 Final
vs Baltimore 7 – 2 W Eastern / Central Sat. Jan 21 Final
at Chicago 10 - 8 W Central Sat. Jan 14 Final
vs St. Louis 5 – 3 W Central Sat. Jan 7 Final
vs Chicago 9 - 4 W Central Sat. Dec 31 Final
vs Syracuse 3 - 6 L Central / Eastern Sat Dec 17 Final
at Chicago 8 - 11 W Central Sat Dec 10 Final
vs St. Louis 14 – 6 W Central Sat Dec 3 Final
at Cedar Rapids 7 – 5 L Central Sat Nov 26 Final
vs Kansas City 6 – 5 W Central Sat Nov 19 Final
at Cedar Rapids 5 – 4 L Central Fri Nov 18 Final OT
at Harrisburg 6 – 5 L Eastern / Central Sat Nov 12 Final OT
at Baltimore 3 – 4 W Eastern / Central Fri Nov 11 Final
at Kansas City 11 – 4 L Central Fri Nov 4 Final
MKE Wave Post Season Scores / Results:
Milwaukee vs Kansas City 3 - 2 W Central Sun Mar 12 Final OT UWMPA Central Div Gm3
Milwaukee vs Kansas City 7 - 5 W Central Sun Mar 12 Final OT UWMPA Central Div Gm2
Kansas City vs Milwaukee 7 - 6 L Central Thu Mar 9 Final Silverstein Eye Centers Arena Gm1