Syracuse Silver Knights fall- playoff hopes still alive though

The Syracuse Silver Knights fought valiantly against the Milwaukee Wave on Wednesday night, but in the end fell just short.

The Knights trailed 10-2 at the halftime break, but rallied in the end falling by just four at 12-8.

The loss dampens playoff hopes, but doesn't end them. The Knights need to beat the team they're competing for the final spot with, Chicago, on Friday.

Below is the release on the game from the Silver Knights:

SYRACUSE, N.Y.â??The Syracuse Silver Knights of the MISL came into Wednesdayâ??s showdown with the Milwaukee Wave with one goal in mind: live to see another day. With the drama of the MISL playoff hunt coming to a head, the Knights would have to pick up a win against the leagueâ??s most successful franchise and two-time defending champion in Milwaukee. A loss on Wednesday would not completely shatter Syracuseâ??s playoff hopes however, as the current holder of the fourth and final spot, the expansion side Chicago Soul, needed to lose as they headed to Missouri to play the Comets.

The Knights took the field in front of 2,468 passionate fans after the team awards were announced and presented at midfield, but the enthusiastic buzz was quickly reduced to a whimper as Milwaukee burst into the game with a 10-2 first half lead. The hometown faithful was discouraged even further when a full-field blast from Wave goalkeeper Marcel Feenstra rained down toward Syracuse goalkeeper and 2012-2013 team MVP, Bryan Oâ??Quinn, before being deflected into from the chest of Nicolas Perera.

The Knights went into the break trailing 10-2, but the heroic performance Tommy Tannerâ??s team put in throughout the second half is sure to resonate with the Syracuse faithful until the 2013-14 season kicks off next November.

Syracuse continued to dominate with smothering offensive pressure, and Kenardo Forbes, who was presented with the teamâ??s unsung hero award before the game, brought the Knights even further by cutting the deficit to 12-8 with ten minutes left in the game.

Syracuse continued to press and send lasers at the Milwaukee goal, but a combination of Feenstra saves and balls off the post put the Knights into the loss column in their final regular season home game of the year. The possibility of the Knights playing in front of their fans this year is not over however, with an overtime Chicago loss to Missouri Wednesday night ensures that everything is still left to play for when the black and orange visit the Soul this Friday night. The team needs to win both road games and gain ground on goal differential. Tune in to Friday night at 8:30pm as the Syracuse Silver Knights take on the Chicago Soul.