The day before the Major League Indoor Soccer League championship series began on Friday, veteran Milwaukee Wave defender Joe Hammes said world titles are the expectation of the team.
It's a pressure the team feels - coach Keith Tozer admitted as well - but one they embrace. And, more often than not, the team rises to the challenge.
Hammes and the Wave did just that Sunday afternoon, as Hammes scored off a restart 46 seconds into overtime to give the Milwaukee Wave a 12-10 overtime victory and the 2012 MISL Championship with a 2-0 series victory against the Baltimore Blast on Sunday evening at U.S. Cellular Arena in Milwaukee in front of 5,243 fans.
The championship was the Wave’s second in a row, and sixth overall in the club’s history. Wave forward Marcio Leite earned the series’ Most Valuable Player award after scoring five goals in the two games.
Hammes heroics were set up after the Blast sent a ball into the stands when trying to clear it. Tozer called for time, drawing up a play that saw Wave forward Marco Terminesi set up a right-footed boot from Hammes into the right corner of the net.
The Wave had to rally from an early 4-0 and 6-2 deficits and a late 10-8 disadvantage to send it to overtime.