SAN DIEGO -- Billy Ronson scored his sixth goal of the season at 5 minutes, 33 seconds of overtime last night to give the Baltimore Blast a 5-4 win over the San Diego Sockers.
The win was Baltimore's second in a row and improved its record to 4-4.
Ronson, who has scored a goal or an assist in all eight Blast games this season, made it look easy, as he ended a seesaw battle that had been sent into overtime with 36 seconds to play in regulation.
Ronson, hustling downfield on a counterattack with only one defender in the San Diego end, took a long pass from Mike Stankovic and beat goalkeeper Victor Noguiera on the left side from about 25 feet away.
Baltimore came into the contest with two losses in its past three games. San Diego (3-6) had yet to win at home.
"It was a game we had to win," Blast coach Kenny Cooper said. "They came into Baltimore last week and beat us, and this time we did the same thing. We needed to show them we can win in this building. It's hard to play here in San Diego."
Ronson's goal spoiled a big night for Noguiera, who made 16 saves.
"Victor Noguiera was fabulous in goal tonight," Cooper said.
Sockers coach Ron Newman agreed, saying, "If it weren't for Victor, it would have been worse."
Paul Wright and Waad Hirmez led the San Diego rally with goals at 8:25 and 11:10 of the final period to put the Sockers ahead, 4-3, but Baltimore's Domenic Mobilio scored his second goal of the night with 36 seconds to play in regulation to tie it.
The Sockers were playing spirited soccer on both offense and defense in the final quarter and were closing in on their first home win of the season when the Blast came through with the tying goal.
Stankovic fired a shot that was blocked by a San Diego defender. The ball bounced straight to Mobilio, who beat Noguiera from five feet away.
After trailing at halftime, 2-0, the Blast came out firing in the second half, tying the contest at 2-2 with goals by Mobilio and Chris Haywood in the first 2:19 of the third period. Baltimore then took the lead on an own goal by the Sockers that was credited to Dale Mitchell.
The Blast took advantage of a defensive lapse by the Sockers to score its first goal, at 1:29 of the third quarter.
Mobilio slipped past a defender, took a lob pass from Angelo Panzetta and knocked in his eighth goal of the season, from 10 feet out.