Playing their last home game before heading out on a five-game road trip, the Milwaukee Wave continued their momentum by extending their winning streak to 16 games with a 14-11 victory against the Rochester Lancers on Sunday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Arena.
Israel Sesay and Nick Perera each scored twice for the Wave as they held off a strong second half by Rochester.
Sesay got the scoring going, as his goal gave the Wave an early 2-0 lead. Giuliano Oliviero pushed the Wave ahead 4-0 with a goal on an assist from Marcio Leite, but the Lancers would hit back through Mauricio Salles to trim the deficit to 4-2. It looked like the Wave would add another 2-point goal off a free kick from Luan Oliveira, but it was rescinded on a penalty by Fabinho, and the score remained at 4-2 after the first quarter.
The Wave came out firing at the beginning of the second quarter as JP Rodrigues and Nick Perera extended the Wave’s advantage to 8-2 with goals 30 seconds apart in the opening minute of the quarter. Salles would score again, this time an unassisted goal to make it 8-4, but Sesay added his second near the end of the quarter, putting the Wave on top 10-4 heading into the half.
The Lancers would rally in the third quarter, holding the Wave scoreless in the quarter, and they capitalized on a penalty by Milwaukee’s Tom Oatley when Pedrinho scored on the power play, making it 10-6. It would become 10-9 after Rochester’s Paul Craig blasted a 3-point shot into the top-left corner of the net, leaving the Wave clinging to a one-point lead with 15 minutes to play.
The Wave were able to get back on track at the beginning of the fourth quarter, however, as Perera came through, extending the team’s lead to 12-9 with his second of the game. Ian Bennett would then find the net with just under five minutes to play, giving Milwaukee a cushion it would need as the MISL points leader Doug Miller would pull a goal back 35 seconds later, but the Wave would hold on to a 14-11 victory, keeping their winning streak intact.