Metros dominate Blast in 3-0 shutout win

Monday, June 25, 2001 at 1:00am

All week long Nashville Metros coach Brett Mosen said his team urgently needed the four points it could get from a win against the Indiana Blast.

Well coach, how about five instead?

Yep, he'll take it.

"Yes, I'm pleased," said a grinning Mosen after the Metros had dispatched the Blast 3-0 Sunday night. "What I was really pleased about tonight was that we were patient. We wanted the three goals, we wanted the full five points, and we got them.

"We knew we could do it, but it took patience. It was a pleasure to watch. It was important for us to get the points tonight because had we lost we'd have been left behind, and we can't afford to get left behind at this stage in the season. We've got work to do, but we're still hanging in there with the big boys and that's the main thing."

Forward Gabe Valencia scored two goals and fellow striker Jeff Houser added one to give Nashville four standings points for the win and a bonus point for scoring three or more goals in the contest. Nashville (5-4-2, 25 points) is now just three points behind the second-place Richmond Kickers and seven points behind the Central Conference-leading Charleston Battery.

The victory before 1,230 fans also marked the franchise's first shutout since they blanked the Cincinnati Riverhawks 1-0 on August 13, 1999, when they still played home games in Franklin as the Tennessee Rhythm.

"We said we wanted the five points, and we went out there and got them. Shutting them out was good too," said long-time franchise defender Danny DeVall.

Indiana had dropped a 3-2 overtime loss on Friday night to the Cincinnati Riverhawks at home after holding a two-goal lead late in the second half - the second time in the past two weeks that they had blown such a lead

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