Silva showcases ability to predict his clutch play All-Star notes

February 14, 1992|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

Never fear, John Silva is here.

Those were the words the Seton Hall midfielder had for East coach Mike Stankovic with five minutes left in regulation play last night in the USAir College Indoor Soccer Showcase at the Baltimore Arena.

"John told me not to worry, he would get the winning goal and he did," Stankovic said moments after Silva turned and drilled a 35-foot shot into the net with 13:57 gone in sudden-death overtime, lifting the East to a 7-6 victory over the West in the game featuring the top 32 seniors in the country.

Silva was standing at the top of the penalty box on the left side when the ball came bouncing to him off the body of a West defender.

"I settled it with my chest, turned and hit it," said Silva. "I don't think he [West goalkeeper Markus Roy] was expecting me to shoot it that quickly. I had my back turned to him and that might have thrown him off a little."

UMBC midfielder Jason Dieter was credited with the assist on the winning goal.

"I hit the ball off the boards and it got deflected to John," said Dieter. "I didn't think he [Silva] had an opening and I was hollering for him to get the ball back over to me. But all of a sudden he hit the shot."

Silva's winning goal came 52 seconds after Towson State's Ed McCue nearly tapped a shot into the net after it was vacated by Roy. But McCue's shot was saved by West midfielder Terry Pryer just before it crossed the goal line.

East forward Larry Martin, from Clarkson University, forced the overtime with a goal at 9:02.

Martin and Towson State forward Joe Layfield scored goals in the fourth quarter for the East.

It was the second goal of the game for Layfield.

"I was a little nervous at first, but once I got the first goal I was fine," said Layfield, who tied the game at 1 at 13:08 of the first quarter. "The game was everything I expected it to be. It tops off a super college career and I have to give a lot of the credit to my parents [George and Sharon] who took me to games as far away as New York when I was a kid."

* The cold war between the outdoor American Professional Soccer League and the Major Soccer League continued when the APSL turned down the MSL's offer to send a select team of all-stars against the five APSL teams in a single-elimination outdoor tournament.

MSL commissioner Earl Foreman said: "I can't think of anything better for the APSL to do to help the advancement of the game of soccer than to accept our proposal."

APSL commissioner Bill Sage said his league had nothing to gain from meeting an MSL select team.

* Foreman said San Antonio is a strong candidate for gaining an MSL expansion franchise for the 1992-93 season.

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