Stubborn Miami stops Harbor, not Bays, 3-1

August 25, 1991|By Jeff Rusnak | Jeff Rusnak,Special to The Sun

MIAMI -- The question before the Maryland Bays' regular-season finale at Miami was whether Bays forward Jean Harbor would score his 18th goal to set an American Professional Soccer League record.

But for 65 minutes Miami stole the spotlight from Harbor last night at the Orange Bowl. The Miami Freedom, last in the American Conference, played the Bays even until an inadvertent goal of its own making and a score by Brian Haynes gave Maryland a 3-1 win.

Harbor didn't get his record-setting goal and finished the season with 17, tying him with Chance Fry for the APSL record.

Maryland improved to 19-2 with 158 points, both league marks. Bays coach Gary Hindley rested starters Steve Powers, Kevin Sloan, Philip Gyau and John Abe. Warren Westcoat started in goal for Powers and made 10 saves, including several diving stops in the last five minutes.

The Freedom finished 6-15 with 51 points, worst in the league.

The Bays, who were outshot, 25-7, for the game and 12-4 in the first half, lacked intensity after beating the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, 1-0, Friday night.

"It's understandable," Hindley said. "We played a tough game Friday, and had different players out of position. I'm just glad it didn't end up in a loss. It could have been a loss as easily as a win. But 19 wins in a year -- nobody's done that."

The Bays took the lead at 1-0 on defender Chris Reif's goal at 24:40. Rob Ryerson assisted for his first point of the season.

Harbor had three chances to break the goal-scoring record. He hit the post from 15 yards in the 30th minute, then shot just wide from 12 yards in the 43rd minute. In the 88th minute, he did score -- but the goal was nullified on an offsides call.

The Bays defense broke down and allowed Miami's Laszlo Barna to get free 10 yards straight on. Barna settled a pass from Dorian Mesa and beat Westcoat at 52:20 to make it 1-1.

The brief prosperity didn't last long for the Freedom. At 65:15, Maryland's Haynes sent a cross that bounced off the head of Miami defender Huber Vallejo for an own goal and a 2-1 Bays lead.

Miami sagged noticeably after that. Two minutes after the own goal, Haynes took a touch pass from Harbor and scored from 6 yards to make it 3-1. It was Harbor's 11th assist, one short of Chico Borja's league record.

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