Bays bow in debut, 2-1, to Delaware Wizards come alive after Baltimore run SOCCER

April 24, 1993|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Contributing Writer

GLASGOW, Del. -- The Baltimore Bays weren't half bad in the first half of their United States Interregional Soccer League debut last night at sold-out Glasgow High School.

It was the second half that cost them.

The latest Baltimore-area professional outdoor soccer team looked sharp in the early going, silencing a vocal crowd of 3,500 before giving up a pair of second-half goals in a 2-1 loss to the Delaware Wizards.

The Bays (0-1) controlled play for most of the first half, outshooting Delaware, 9-6, and taking a 1-0 lead when Billy Ronson fired in a direct free kick to the left of Wizards goalie David Whitcraft 20:49 before halftime.

The goal capped several minutes of dominating play by the Bays, in which they kept the ball at Delaware's end and fired four shots in a seven-minute span.

"It's a game we thought we should've won," said Bays coach Kevin Healey. "We can build off this, but I'd rather build on a win."

The Wizards' had the first shot on goal, as Andrew Logar's grounder from 15 yards out rolled just wide 4:54 into the game.

Baltimore nearly broke on top midway through the half, when John Strand's shot from 10 yards in front was met by a sliding kick save from Delaware's Manny Oudin.

Seconds after the break, the Wizards came within inches of tying the game when Shawn Miller (UMBC) sent a crossing pass to the waiting head of Michael Edwards, whose shot sailed just wide.

After several minutes of domination from the Wizards, they tied the game on Lance Johnson's header of Mike Kleinert's pass in front with 34:05 left.

The hosts then took the lead with 28:14 to play, when Andrew Logar punched in a pass from Johnson (Towson State) from 10 yards in front to make it 2-1. The Bays came up empty on three shots in the final five minutes of play.

had a lull in the second half," said Healey, "but the last 30 minutes were ours. We just couldn't put the ball in the net."

Goals: B--Ronson; D--L. Johnson, Logar. Assists: D--Kleinert, L.

Johnson. Saves: B--Powers 11; D--Whitcraft 14.

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