Blast gets back on track, 7-5 Win over Wichita ends 5-game streak

November 30, 1991|By Tracy Elliott | Tracy Elliott,Special to The Sun

WICHITA, Kan. -- If a streak is to be broken, why not in impressive fashion?

The Baltimore Blast broke a five-game losing streak in the Kansas Coliseum with a 7-5 victory last night over the Wichita Wings behind the play of defender Iain Fraser and leading scorer Domenic Mobilio.

Fraser stopped the Major Soccer League's leading scorer, Dale Ervine, and also had a goal and an assist as the Blast won back-to-back road games for the first time since April 1990.

With the victory, Baltimore improved its record to 4-4; Wichita lost its first-place standing and entered a three-way tie for the league lead at 5-3. The Blast's last victory in Wichita was by a 2-1 score on April 14, 1990.

"We're the type of team that is hard-working and a very fit team," said Billy Ronson, who assisted on the Blast's fifth and sixth goals. "If you don't work hard, you don't play."

Coach Kenny Cooper said the Blast's early training camp period has benefited the team, and Ronson agreed.

"Tonight we proved it," Ronson said. "We broke out quickly for goals and got back on defense."

Two goals by Mobilio gave the Blast a 3-0 lead. Fraser and Ronson led a three-goal surge for the Blast after the Wings cut it to 3-2.

Three sixth-attacker goals -- including Ervine's only goal, with 34 seconds to play -- made the score more respectable. The Wings, who had credited inspired play and strong work ethic for their start, were outplayed and out-hustled from the beginning.

Although Ervine did hit the post four times during the game, Baltimore allowed the Wings little offensively. Goalkeeper Cris Vaccaro was brilliant in the first half and, after gaining a 6-2 lead on Rod Castro's shot off the wall, the Blast packed it in.

Vaccaro played for the Wings during the 1988-89 season and knows the Kansas Coliseum well.

"We kept the momentum on our side and never let them get into the game," said Vaccaro, who made four tough saves in the first half to maintain the Blast's 3-0 lead.

The Wings cut into the deficit with two goals but trailed by 4-2 after three periods. Doug Neely gave Baltimore a two-goal lead, putting in a 45-foot shot after a flurry. Fraser followed with a restart goal less than three minutes later for a 5-2 lead.

Wichita goalkeeper Kris Peat saved two hard shots by Blast newcomer Kevin Sloan and had a foot save of a shot by Emil Dragicevic. Chico Borja blocked another shot by Dragicevic, but the ball made its way to Neely on the far side of the field.

It was the first goal of the season for Neely and cut short the Wings' rally. Borja had made it 3-2 with his ninth goal of the season.

He backed in to Neely with the ball, turned and beat Vaccaro off the far post with a 30-foot shot. Borja later beat two defenders on the wall and got the ball to Ervine in the goal mouth, but Ervine missed the shot.

Mobilio's two first-period goals came 27 seconds apart. He chipped in Fraser's pass from 10 feet, then followed with a shot from 30 feet after Wichita's David Byrne, a former Blast star, lost the ball at midfield.

Dragicevic made it 3-0 with his first goal of the season. Newcomer Jean Harbor took a restart pass and fed Dragicevic in the penalty area, where he beat Wichita's Kim Roentved and Peat by the post.

Baltimore 2 -- 1 -- 1 -- 3 -- 7

Wichita ..0 -- 1 -- 1 -- 3 -- 5

First period--1, Baltimore, Domenic Mobilio 12 (Iain Fraser), 6:38; 2, Baltimore, Mobilio 13 (Rusty Troy), 7:05. Penalties--none.

Second period--3, Baltimore, Emil Dragicevic 1 (Jean Harbor), 11:28; 4, Wichita, Steve Pittman 5 (Chico Borja), 13:10 pp. Penalties--Doug Neely, Baltimore (charging), 12:56; Coach Kenny Cooper, Baltimore (dissent), 13:30.

Third period--5, Wichita, Borja 9 (Danny Pena), 3:43; 6, Baltimore, Neely 1 (Joe Koziol), 14:07. Penalties--none.

Fourth period--7, Baltimore, Fraser 4 (Billy Ronson), 1:55; 8, Baltimore, Rod Castro 3 (Ronson), 7:46 pp; 9, Wichita, Pena 6 (David Byrne), 10:32; 10, Pena 7 (Pittman), 11:56; 11, Baltimore, Mark Mettrick 2 (Troy), 12:52; 12, Wichita, Dale Ervine 14 (Theo Kulsdom), 14:26. Penalties--Byrne, Wichita (unsportsmanlike conduct), 5:56.

Goalkeepers--Vaccaro, Bal (W,4-4) 60:00, 23 shots, 11 saves, 5 DTC goals; Peat, Wic (L,5-3) 53:50, 27 shots, 12 saves, 6 saves; Roentved, Wic 6:10, 1 shot, 0 saves, 1 goal. Shots on goal--Baltimore 5-4-9-10--28; Wichita 3-7-6-7--23. Fouls--Baltimore 3-5-1-2--11; Wichita 0-2-3-4--9. Power plays--Baltimore 1-1; Wichita 1-1. Officials--Silva, Terry, Stiles. A--8,249.

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