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Bennett, Alavanja score only goals as team drops second straight

The Detroit Ignition took a giant step toward the first Xtreme Soccer League championship on Sunday afternoon, knocking off the Chicago Storm 11-4 at the Sears Centre.
By the time Chicago (7-11) managed to get on the board with Lazo Alavanja’s goal, the Ignition led 9-2 early in the fourth quarter. Ian Bennett added a team-best 12th goal of the season in the final minute on a nice volley set up by Carlos Clay.
Detroit (10-7) now leads Milwaukee by one game and New Jersey by 1.5 games. The Ignition own the head-to-head tiebreakers with the Wave and Ironmen and have just three games remaining.
Detroit led 3-0 at halftime on Leo Gibson’s 3-pointer, fired into an open net after a steal in the Storm’s defensive half. Gibson set up Mike Apple on the second Ignition goal, and Zach Wilkes and Droo Callahan pushed the margin to 9-0 after three quarters.
The Storm are off until a trip to New Jersey on April 3. Their last home game of the season is at 3 p.m. April 5 against the Milwaukee Wave. It’s Fan Appreciation Day, and all fans will be invited on the field following the game to get autographs from their favorite Storm players. Call 1-866-STORM81 or visit for tickets.
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