Riedlbauer leads again, as Bays top Jersey, 13-3

January 15, 1994|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

The Baltimore Bays took up right where they left off last week with a 13-3 win last night over the undermanned Jersey Dragons at Du Burns Arena in Canton.

Eric Riedlbauer continued to impress with his play on the first line, getting three goals and one assist. Each of his goals came off assists from Billy Ronson, and he set up Ronson for his assist.

In the past two games as a starter for injured Derrick Marcano, Riedlbauer has five goals and five assists.

"I just want to come out and produce," Riedlbauer said.

"Billy and I are working pretty well together. I love playing with him. Every time you give him the ball, you know you'll get it back, and we're producing pretty well right now."

In going 7-0 this season, the Bays have outscored their opponents 123-23 -- best in the U.S. Interregional Soccer League.

Steve Quaranta also had three goals for the Bays, with Jeff Nattans and Joe Layfield each adding two before a crowd of 603. Ronson increased his league-leading total of assists to 24 with four.

"We got off to a pretty quick start and played very well early," Bays coach Kevin Healey said.

"We got a bit lackadaisical late, but overall it was a pretty good effort."

Goalie Scott Manning just missed a shutout for the second week in the row. After beating Toledo, 20-1, last Friday, Manning shut out Jersey well into the third quarter until Bays defender Eric Spalt sent an errant ball back to him that went over his head into the goal. The Bays were ahead 11-0 at the time.

Jersey's Pedro Rodrigues was credited with the goal and moments later scored a more conventional goal to make it 11-2.

Rookie goalie Jason Wright then replaced Manning in the fourth quarter.

Manning gave the Bays a 1-0 lead 3:49 into the first quarter. He collected an errant Dragons pass in front of his red line and sent a long chip intended for Joe Koziol in front of the Dragons goal. Koziol leapfrogged the pass, and it got by screened Dragons goalie Miguel Pinho.

Ronson made it 2-0 with a give-and-go from Riedlbauer 5:10 into the game, and the Bays broke it open minutes later with goals 18 seconds apart.

Koziol sent a short chip to Nattans, who was waiting in front, and Nattans headed the ball past Pinho for a 3-0 lead. Ronson then fed Riedlbauer, who sent a shot into the top right corner from 10 yards out to make it 4-0.

The Dragons, who dressed only eight field players and two goalies, showed signs of getting tired in the second quarter as the Bays built their lead to 7-0 with two goals from Layfield and one by Quaranta.

The Dragons didn't sit in the second half, making things a bit more respectable with three goals.

"They had some skill and never let down. I was glad to see that," Healey said.

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