Dynamo rallies with three late goals to break Spirit streak, 10-8 INDOOR SOCCER

February 20, 1993|By Dave Long | Dave Long,Contributing Writer

DAYTON, Ohio -- Brad Smith is paid to score goals for the Dayton Dynamo. But his activity off the ball late in the fourth period proved crucial for the team last night.

He created the tying and winning goals to help the Dynamo come from behind to defeat the Baltimore Spirit, 10-8, before 5,012 at Wright State's Ervin J. Nutter Center.

The loss ended the Spirit's five-game winning streak. It was the Dynamo's fifth straight win and evened its record at 15-15.

The victory also was the Dynamo's seventh straight at home and ninth in the past 12 games at the Nutter Center. The Dynamo moved to 6 1/2 games behind the Spirit in the American Division of the National Professional Soccer League.

Kevin Sloan, who played two years with the Blast of the Major Soccer League, scored the winning goal with 4:17 left. Smith set it up with a beautiful slide tackle to take the ball from Baltimore's Joe Koziol.

"If I didn't get that ball, they would have been on a three-on-two break," Smith said. "I slid and got the ball, got up and controlled it and got it to Kevin breaking down the middle."

After Smith got Sloan the ball, he peeled behind him and down the side, taking a defender with him. Sloan took the ball down the middle.

"Brad created the deception and I chose to go to the inside," Sloan said. "I got some space and just struck the ball well. It felt good when I hit it."

The ball caught the crossbar in the middle and bounced straight down in back of Baltimore goalie Cris Vaccaro to make it 10-8.

Phil Wolf scored the tying goal at 9:55 of the fourth period with Sloan getting the assist.

"People told us coming in here that Dayton was hot," Spirit coach Kenny Cooper said. "They are. When you're on a roll like that you find ways to win. We missed some opportunities that came back to haunt us."

Smith scored a goal 2:14 into the game and assisted on one by Dennis Brose at 3:49 of the first period to give the Dynamo a 4-0 lead.

Jason Dieter got the Spirit on the board at 4:44 of the first period, scoring on a counter attack with Kevin Smith getting the assist.

Steve Boardman's goal off a free kick assist from Koziol tied the game at 4 at 5:49 of the second period. Goran Hunjak picked up a loose-ball goal at 10:30 to give the Spirit a 6-4 halftime lead.

Hunjak connected with Rusty Troy 56 seconds into the third period for an 8-4 lead.

Most of the second half was played outside of the goal boxes with both teams shutting down offensive opportunities.

Vincent Beck got Dayton back to 8-6 at 4:32 of the fourth period before Wolf and Sloan got their goals.

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