Now that the Minnesota Twins' 15-game baseball winning streak is over, the team to talk to about streaks is the Maryland Bays of the American Professional Soccer League.
The Bays, who are in first place in the Western Conference, go into tonight's road game against the Salt Lake Sting with a 7-0 record and 15 consecutive APSL victories dating to July 21, 1990.
Forward Jean Harbor has scored seven goals in seven games and leads the APSL in scoring with 18 points (seven goals, four assists). Securing second place in the league's scoring is midfielder Kevin Sloan with nine points (four goals, one assist). Sloan, on a streak of his own, has scored five points in the past five games.
How about some defense?
Goalkeeper Steve Powers, who is ranked second in the league with a goals-against average of 0.65, will be looking for his 15th consecutive win.
But Powers said his streak, which dates back to June 30, 1990, is not the most important one in the midst of the Bays' success this season.
"I'm more concerned with the team's streak and making it 8-0 instead of me winning my 15th game," he said.
The Sting, which has been hampered by one-goal losses all season, surprised the Colorado Foxes with a 4-1 victory Wednesday. Powers said the Bays really aren't sure what to expect from the Sting but added, "Let them worry about us."
But there is more than just streaks tied to this game. Bays midfielder Rob Ryerson has family ties with Sting sweeper Rich Ryerson, who is his younger brother.
But because he is recovering from reconstructive knee surgery, Rob will not be able to play against his brother tonight.
Rob, who started practicing about three games ago, said he hopes to play July 14, when Rich and the Sting will play the Bays at Cedar Lane Park in Columbia.
Tonight's game will be played on natural grass, a switch for the Bays from the Prescription Athletic Turf they play on at RFK Stadium. PAT is a grass surface laid over a sophisticated drainage system.
Powers said playing on natural grass will not pose a problem for the Bays.
"You have to change your style a little bit," Powers said. "But we're a tough team no matter where you put us."
Opponent: Salt Lake Sting
Site: Derks Field, Salt Lake City, 9:35
Radio: WCBM (680 AM), 10 p.m. (tape delay)
Outlook: The Bays are coming off a 2-1 win Sunday over Los Millonarios of Colombia. The Sting moved out of the basement of the Western Division with a 4-1 victory over division rival Colorado Foxes. For the Bays, forward Jean Harbor and midfielder Kevin Sloan will look to extend their scoring streaks. Harbor, the APSL's leading scorer (7 goals, 4 assists for 18 points), has 7 goals in 7 games, and Sloan has a 5-game point scoring streak. The Bays, on a streak of their own, will be
shooting for their 16th straight APSL victory.