Bays' playoff hopes dim after 3-1 loss Team in 6th place with 4-10 record

July 11, 1993|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

Forward Tim Jones broke a 1-1 tie with less than five minutes remaining to help lift the Delaware Wizards past the Baltimore Bays, 3-1, in a U.S. Interregional Soccer League game last night at UMBC Stadium.

The loss further diminished playoff hopes for the Bays (4-10) in the Atlantic Division. With two games remaining, the Bays are in sixth place in the Atlantic, and the top four teams advance to postseason play. Second-place Delaware improved to 9-5.

Jones' goal came after the Bays were pressing the attack late after tying the game on Tarik Walker's fifth goal of the season with 20 minutes left.

With the Bays trailing 1-0 at the half, Walker scored in close off a Delaware giveaway.

The Bays then had an opportunity to go up for the first time when Jeff Nathans fired a shot in close that beat Delaware goalie Dave Whitcraft, but defender David Holmes headed the ball out of the goal.

With the Bays continuing to press, Jones slipped behind the Baltimore defense and neatly tucked a ball past goalie Steve Powers in the right corner for the game-winner. Eric Smith added insurance goal in the closing minutes to give the Wizards the two-goal win, taking a feed from midfielder Pat Walsh.

"We got back and tied it and then outplayed them in that second half," said Bays coach Kevin Healey.

"We played a pretty good defensive game and had some letdowns late that proved costly. It puts us in a tough situation as far as making the playoffs. We just have to go and win these last two games for the franchise and see what happens."

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