WASHINGTON -- The Maryland Bays managed to outfox American Professional Soccer League Western Division rival Colorado, 2-1, yesterday at RFK Stadium.
But "it almost became a very tough lesson. Hopefully it's a lesson with a win," said Bays coach Gary Hindley.
It was the Bays' 17th straight victory and the ninth this season.
Colorado sweeper Robin Fraser scored unassisted with two minutes remaining in the first half to bring the Foxes within 2-1 and threaten Bays goalkeeper Steve Powers' 16-game win streak, which dates back to July 15, 1990.
After that goal, the Bays did not recover offensively, playing cautiously during the scoreless second half.
"That was a bad psychological goal for us," Hindley said.
"We felt down going into the locker room, and that's not like us," Powers said.
"We're supposed to be the best team in the United States," Bays midfielder Michael Brady said. "If we have letdowns with two minutes left in the half, then we're not going to stay on top for very long."
Brady scored with 25 minutes, 26 seconds remaining in the first half to give the Bays a 1-0 lead. Forward Philip Gyau, a former teammate of Brady's on Club Espana, got the assist, kicking the ball back to Brady as he skidded out of bounds.
"I said, 'Phil, if you get down the line, I'll hang out at the edge of the box, so just pull it back.' And that's what I did," Brady said.
But just the right touch on Brian Haynes' Rockette-style kick gave the Bays a 2-0 advantage 36:00 into the half.
He capitalized on midfielder Omid Namazi's clear, which landed right in front of Haynes, who delicately blooped the kick over the head of Foxes goalie Ed Carvacho.
Forward Jean Harbor's goal-a-game streak was broken. Harbor is the APSL's leading scorer with 20 points.
Powers wasn't discouraged.
"My streak's still alive. I'm 17-0," Powers said.
The Bays, who are in first place in the Western Division, will play the Foxes on Friday in Parker, Colo.
The nine-game APSL win streak in a season ties the league record held by Colorado last season and the Washington Stars in 1989. The 9-0 start is an APSL best, besting the 7-0 start by the New Jersey Eagles in 1988.
Colorado.. .. .. 1.. .. . 0 -- 1
Maryland .. .. .. 2 .. .. .0 -- 2
Goals: C--Fraser; M--Brady, Haynes. Assists: M--Gyau, Barger, Namazi. Saves: C--Carvacho 3; M--Powers 5. A: 1,096.