SAN DIEGO, JUNE 6 -- Goalie Scott Manning came within 6:11 of a shutout and the Baltimore Blast beat the San Diego Sockers, 3-2, tonight to stay alive in the Major Indoor Soccer League championship series.
Manning, staked to a 3-0 lead, didn't allow a goal until the Sockers replaced goalie Zoltan Toth with a sixth attacker with 7:14 left. The manpower advantage paid off, as Branko Segota scored from the top of the penalty box with 6:11 left and Brian Quinn scored unassisted with 2:19 remaining.
San Diego controlled the ball during the last minute, but the Blast prevailed to trim the Sockers' lead to 3-2 in the best-of-seven series.
The series switches to Baltimore for Game 6 Friday night and Game 7, if needed, on Saturday night.
Domenic Mobilio scored his team-leading eighth playoff goal at 11:24 of the first period, as his shot from the left corner deflected off defender Kevin Crow, who was facing the goal, and went past Toth.
Peter Ward gave the Blast a 2-0 lead at 7:23 into the third period by converting on the rebound of a shot by Carl Valentine. It was Ward's first goal of the series and second of the playoffs.
Paul Dougherty completed the Blast scoring at 3:43 of the fourth from close range.