MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Wave captured its seventh indoor soccer title, recording a 5-2 victory over the Monterrey Flash to capture the Major Arena Soccer League championship at Panther Arena Sunday night.
Striker Ian Bennett scored two goals in the third quarter and Max Ferdinand added a goal and two assists for the Wave, which broke the game open with four goals during that period before a season-high crowd of 7,901.
The Wave secured its first crown since 2012.
Goalkeeper Josh Lemos, who had an 89.5 save percentage in the match, backstopped Milwaukee to the win.
Monterrey struck first on Edgar Flores’ goal at 11:35 of the first quarter.
After that, it was all Milwaukee, which had lost only once at home all season.
The hosts equalized by halftime, on man of the match Marcio Leite’s goal at 12:13 in the second period.
Ferdinand gave Milwaukee a 2-1 lead only 1:49 into the third quarter and the team never looked back.
Bennett, off a Ferdinand feed, gave the Wave some breathing room at 6:23 before Andre Hayne (Leite assist) and Bennett (Ferdinand assist) tallied only 36 seconds apart at 8:24 and 9:00, respectively, for a 5-1 margin.
Flores found the net for Monterrey at 6:12 of the fourth period.