Elliott's six goals boost Bays, 16-6

January 29, 1994|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

The Baltimore Bays let it be known early they weren't about to give up a share of first place to the visiting Richmond Kickers last night.

Rob Elliott tied a club record with six goals and Billy Ronson added four to lead the Bays to a 16-6 victory at Du Burns Arena in Canton.

The Bays remain unbeaten (9-0) and are two games in front of the second-place Kickers (7-2) in the U.S. Interregional Soccer League's Northern Division.

"It was an unbelievable effort," Bays coach Kevin Healey said. "In the first half we came out and really felt challenged. We did a good job finishing, got on a roll and that set them back a little."

The Bays made sure that a close first-place battle did not materialize. After edging the Kickers, 11-9, in the second week of the season in December, the Bays clearly showed they were the better team this time.

Elliott, who has 15 goals and 11 assists, set the tone early with the game's first two goals and closed the first quarter with his third goal with four-tenths of a second left.

"Rob Elliott is an outstanding talent and really showed what he's capable of tonight," Healey said. "That's what I like about this team. Every night it's a different guy. It doesn't matter who's scoring the goals. We work as a unit."

Derrick Marcano and Eric Piedlbauer scored along with Elliott's three first-half goals, and the Bays enjoyed a 5-0 lead.

After the Kickers had some solid scoring chances in the opening moments, Elliott stole a pass at midfield and went in alone against goalie Richmond goalie Joe O'Carroll, beating him to the right side. The goal came 2:52 into the game and seemed to relax the Bays from then on.

The Bays didn't let up in the second quarter. Elliott added his fourth two minutes in and Ronson's second goal of the quarter gave the Bays a 9-0 lead before Richmond's Mike Wolf and Tony Blunt scored late in the quarter. Steve Quaranta, in the Bays' lineup after missing one game, scored with 27 seconds left to give the Bays a 10-2 halftime lead.

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