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STING TAKE 3-1 WIN IN SUCCESSFUL DEBUT OVER NEW MEXICO

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The Salt Lake Sting soccer team made a successful debut Friday night, defeating the New Mexico Chiles 3-1 at Wilson Stadium.

Dominic Militello, a former standout for UNLV, scored all three Salt Lake goals, two late in the first half and another midway through the second.On the defensive end, Sting goalkeeper Paul Parkinson allowed just one New Mexico goal midway through the second half, but otherwise kept the Chiles at bay.

"It was a great team effort," said Salt Lake Coach Laurie Calloway. "Our whole backline was brilliant. We really controlled the first half."

Salt Lake now moves over to Mesa to face the Arizona Condors Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

The Sting jumped out to a 2-0 halftime lead on a pair of Militello goals. The first came with less than four minutes remaining off an assist from Craig Huft. A couple of minutes later Militello scored again off an assist from Kenny Mays.

With the wind at its back, New Mexico put on more pressure in the second half and scored at the 24-minute mark when Melvin Williams found the net. But a minute later, Militello got an assist from Barney Boyce to give the Sting a two-goal cushion.

Despite Militello's effort, Albuquerque goalkeeper Jim Derose was selected "player of the game" by the media. According to Calloway, Derose had several brilliant saves on Sting shots.

Salt Lake had 16 shots on goal including 11 in the first half. New Mexico countered with 11 shots, 9 coming in the second half. Derose had seven saves for the Chiles, otherwise Salt Lake may have broken the game open earlier.

The Sting had a nice effort from stopper Chris Wentzien, who kept the Chiles from getting many chances to score. However, Wentzien injured his foot and is doubtful for Saturday's game. Another defensive player, Joe Silvera, injured his leg Friday, but is listed as probable for Saturday.

Both Salt Lake and New Mexico are expansion teams along with the Colorado Foxes in the Western Division of the newly-formed American Professional Soccer League.

The Sting's game with the Condors Saturday will be played at Mesa Community College. The Condors defeated New Mexico 2-0 in a preseason contest.

Salt Lake's home opener will be April 21 against the highly-regarded San Francisco Bay Blackhawks at Derks Field with an exhibition game against F.C. Dallas the following Saturday.