Wings win second straight MISL game
12/03/2011 12:00 AM
12/04/2011 9:20 AM
PARK CITY — As many of the 2,800 fans at Hartman Arena were screaming at Wings forward Chile Farias to shoot, Farias took a step back and prepared to release the ball.
Only Farias wasn't looking to shoot. As talented a scorer as he is and has been in his career, that hasn't been his greatest asset for the Wings.
Farias quickly scanned the field, noticing teammate Jamar Beasley in position to score. He passed to Beasley, who put away the tying goal.
A quarter later, Farias assisted on another Beasley goal to give the lead to the Wings, who defeated Norfolk 15-4 for their second straight win. Wichita has won three of four after an 0-4 start.
Farias leads the MISL with 12 assists, including four on Saturday. He kicks with his left foot and is tough to defend, but he has most often used that advantage to benefit his teammates.
"That's a full credit to him being a consummate professional," Wings coach LeBaron Hollimon said. "Buying into the fact that teams are going to clue in on him, and bringing his teammates into the game."
Saturday's game followed a similar path to the Wings' 20-4 win over Syracuse on Friday. Wichita allowed a goal in the opening seconds before a dominating quarter allowed them to pull away.
Friday, the Wings had a significant lead by the end of the first quarter. Against winless Norfolk, Wichita was tied 4-4 at halftime before finding the energy that also allowed them to score 10 unanswered points against Milwaukee eight days ago.
Since Farias is the Wings' best ball-handler and his field vision is virtually unmatched, he often handles Wichita's re-starts. His assists in those situations aren't usually as flashy as those that come when Farias is driving, but they're equally effective.
To start the third quarter scoring, Farias found Beasley on a restart for a relatively routine goal that put Wichita ahead 4-4. Beasley and Farias, two of the first-year franchise's most established players, seem to have established chemistry, with Farias assisting on five Beasley goals.
"We've played together in St. Louis and Detroit, now here, so I know how he moves," Farias said. "I understand him. We just need to use he's speed. He's fast, so we need to use it. He moves good, so I'm going to find him."
The rest of the third quarter padded Farias' league assist lead — Beasley entered Saturday tied for second — and Wichita's lead. Defender Brian Cushing scored on a shot that rolled along the wall before settling in the corner of the net, giving Wichita a two-goal cushion.
Omar Quiroz drilled a three-pointer and Farias displayed his unselfishness again by passing up a possible shot by passing to Freddy Moojen for a breakaway goal. Moojen scored again early in the fourth, giving him six goals in the last two games.
The Wings' offensive surge — 47 points in nine quarters — has almost overshadowed the efforts of the defense. Norfolk went scoreless for the final three quarters after the Wings allowed four points during the previous five quarters.
"We don't want to get too carried away," Hollimon said. "While we're playing well, we realize we've got to maintain that."
Norfolk (0-6) 4 0 0 0 — 4 Wichita (3-5) 2 2 9 2 — 15
Scoring—1. Norfolk, Lewis (Dos Santos), 1:53; 2. Norfolk, Clare (unassisted), 10:38; 3. Wichita, Ten Eyck (Jobe), 13:36. Penalties— None.
Scoring—4.Wichita, Beasley (Farias), 13:24. Penalties— None.
Scoring—5. Wichita, Beasley (Farias), 0:38; 6. Wichita, Cushing (unassisted), 1:35; 7. Wichita, Qurioz, 3-pt (Beasley), 11:48; 8. Wichita, Moojen (Farias), 14:39. Penalties— Norfolk, Rizzo (dissent yellow card), 2:55.
Scoring—9. Wichita, Moojen (unassisted), 1:34; 10. Wichita, Perez PP (Farias), 13:46. Penalties— Norfolk, Lewis (violent conduct red card), 11:51.
Power play—Norfolk 0 for 0, Wichita 1 for 2.
Shots—Norfolk 12, Wichita 26.
Saves—Norfolk, Sowell 13, Lieberman 1; Wichita, Carvalho 6, Martinez 1.
T—1:38. A— 2,800.