Cedar Rapids Rampage

Dazzling debut by goalkeeper Rainer Hauss yields victory for Cedar Rapids Rampage

Major Arena Soccer League: Cedar Rapids (6-4) nearly posts shutout in 6-2 victory over St. Louis

St. Louis Ambush coach and player Hewerton Moreira (79), left and the Rampage’s Bobby Hurwitz (7) battle for the ball during a game at the US Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids on Sunday, November 26, 2017. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)
St. Louis Ambush coach and player Hewerton Moreira (79), left and the Rampage’s Bobby Hurwitz (7) battle for the ball during a game at the US Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids on Sunday, November 26, 2017. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — A scoreless quarter is pretty rare in the Major Arena Soccer League.

A scoreless half? Almost unheard of.

The Cedar Rapids Rampage and St. Louis Ambush went nearly 35 minutes of game time without a score, but Rampage goalkeeper Rainer Hauss gained the eventual upper hand in a stunning debut as Cedar Rapids defeated St. Louis, 6-2, Friday night at the U.S. Cellular Center.

“It was great,” Hauss said. “I’ve been working hard. I never gave up. I knew I would have my chance. That’s how we do. We keep working hard and we need to be ready for the time that you have a chance.”

Hauss played in place of Brett Petricek, who has been suspended indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team. The 29-year-old Brazil native is in his third year with the franchise, but had yet to see any action in a regular-season game.

The two goals allowed equaled a franchise low that occurred twice last season, and Hauss and the Rampage defense were 1:59 away from a landmark shutout.

“We did really well defending,” Hauss said. “I made good saves, but the guys had amazing blocks, too. … It was a team effort. Everybody played great defending.”

Cedar Rapids midfielder Bobby Hurwitz broke the scoreless tie with a strike off a restart that caromed off a St. Louis defender nearly five minutes into the third quarter.

For the third time this season, Hurwitz added a pair of goals late with a sixth attacker in for St. Louis (1-9). His 11 goals this season ranks third on the team.

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“It’s another year under my belt in the league, less pressure,” said Hurwitz, who recorded his second hat trick this sseason. “I feel more composed and just getting into the swing of things, getting the confidence from my teammates.”

Goals by combo player Mohamed Kenowy and forward Taylor Bond extended the Rampage lead to 3-0 with 12:48 left in the game.

The Cedar Rapids lead stretched to 5-0 after a breakaway score by Sam Guernsey with 4:12 to go.

Lucas Almeida and Jerjer Gibson prevented a shutout with two St. Louis goals in the final two minutes.

In its third game since the firing of first-year player-coach Jonathan Greenfield, Cedar Rapids (6-4) won for the fifth time in six games.

The Rampage will host the two-time defending MASL champion Baltimore Blast at 3:05 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.

AT U.S. CELLULAR CENTER

Cedar Rapids Rampage 6, St. Louis Ambush 2

St. Louis 0 0 0 2—2

Cedar Rapids 0 0 2 4—6

Shots on goal — St. Louis 23, Cedar Rapids 26.

First period

Scoring — None.

Second period

Scoring — None.

Third period

Scoring — 1. Cedar Rapids: Bobby Hurwitz, 10:39; 2. Cedar Rapids: Mohamed Kenowy (Gordy Gurson), 7:58.

Fourth period

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Scoring — 3. Cedar Rapids: Taylor Bond (Alex Bradley), 12:48; 4. Cedar Rapids: Bobby Hurwitz, 4:25; 5. Cedar Rapids: Sam Guernsey, 4:12; 6. St. Louis: Lucas Almeida, 1:59; 7. St. Louis: Jerjer Gibson (Hewerton Moreira), 0:39; 8. Cedar Rapids: Bobby Hurwitz, 0:09.

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