The Milwaukee Wave indoor soccer team clinched a spot in the 2014 postseason over the weekend. The team, now with 11 wins and two losses, defeated the St. Louis Ambush to garner a half-game lead over second place rivals Baltimore, and secure a top-four seed in the upcoming March playoffs. Forward Carlos Munoz was named player of the week for his effort in helping the Wave to overcome a 10-6 Ambush lead at halftime, scoring the tying goal in the waning seconds of the third quarter. Pablo Da Silva would hit the go-ahead goal in the middle of the fourth, allowing Milwaukee to blow the game open with another five combined points from Judson McKinney and rookie and Wisconsin-native JC Banks.
Saturday's berth into the 2014 postseason is the 25th time in the Wave's 30-year history that it will appear in the playoffs. Not since 1993 has the team failed to qualify. They have won nine division titles during that time, and are likely to add their 10th this season if they can maintain a lead over the Blast. They won their first league championship in 1998 as part of the National Professional Soccer League, and have claimed six more since then. All have come under the helm of head coach Keith Tozer, who is in his 21st season with the Wave. The team's most recent title came in 2012.
As the Wave's weekend playoff berth suggests, 2013 has been yet another successful year for the country's longest-running professional soccer franchise. Sue Black took ownership of the team during the off-season, and has helped maintaining the Wave's claim to one of the highest average attendances in all of the Major Indoor Soccer League. Black's leadership has also pulled the team out of a financial tailspin that saw the Wave lose over $1 million in 2009 under then-owner Jim Lindenburg.
Back on the field, the team has gone undefeated at the US Cellular Arena so far this season, with six wins at the venue. Their only losses have come at the hands of the Missouri Comets, who defeated the Wave in December and January to tie the season at two-apiece. The pair will play another two games in Milwaukee yet this year, including the season finale on March 2nd.
Milwaukee Wave Remaining Regular Season Schedule
- 7th @ Syracuse Silver Knights (6:30PM)
- 9th @ Rochester Lancers (2:00PM)
- 13th vs. TBD (10:30AM)
- 16th vs. Pennsylvania Roar (2:00PM)
- 21st @ St. Louis Ambush (7:35PM)
- 23rd vs. Missouri Comets (2:00PM)
- 1st vs. St. Louis Ambush (7:35PM)
- 2nd vs. Missouri Comets (2:00PM)