Bays' comeback falls short in loss to Battery, 5-3 SOCCER

June 21, 1993|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

The Charleston Battery spoiled a Bays comeback by scoring the last three goals to defeat Baltimore, 5-3, in a U.S. Interregional Soccer League game yesterday at UMBC Stadium.

The Bays' loss -- which put them 16 points behind Charleston (6-3) in the race for the fourth and final playoff spot in the Atlantic Division -- spoiled the home debut of Tarik Walker, who had a goal and an assist.

The Bays (3-7) had rallied from a 2-0 first-half deficit to take a 3-2 lead on an unassisted goal by Walker.

The Bays tied the score at 2 going into intermission on goals by John Stroud, assisted by Walker, and Mark Mettrick, who scored his team-leading fourth of the season on a penalty kick. They went ahead five minutes into the second half on Walker's effort.

The former Virginia Tech standout broke free along the left side and sent a rocket low to the near post past Charleston goalie Mike Compisi. It was the second goal of the season for Walker, who joined the team during its last road trip.

"He's played very well and is exactly what we were looking for up front," said Bays coach Kevin Healey. "He's got great speed and power and really had a tremendous effort today."

Both teams had solid scoring chances, and the Bays finished with a 17-15 edge in shots. But the Battery weathered the heat better and made the most of its opportunities.

It took the Battery only six minutes to tie the game at 3 on a goal by Rob Williams. He followed up on a rebound in close along the left side to beat Bays goalie Zac Thornton.

The game-winner with 21 minutes left was by Nigel James, unassisted. Clark Brisson fired a low shot that Thornton stopped, but the ball squirted free to James, who tapped it in. Paterick Olalere added an insurance goal with eight minutes left off a short cross from Mario Lane.

"It was a war of desire with the heat out there," said Healey. "I thought both teams got tired and it was just a matter of who would convert on their chances. I thought we played pretty well and had our chances. They just did the better job finishing today.

"We did everything we wanted to do but one -- win. We scored some goals, created some excitement for our fans [a crowd of 1,099] and didn't give up. We'll just have to work on some things and get back at it next weekend."

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