Bays top Charlotte, 3-0, to end 5-game skid

June 19, 1994|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Sun Staff Writer

Last night's effort was a welcome sight to the Baltimore Bays. It was one that found results.

The Bays scored in the opening minutes against the visiting Charlotte Eagles, added another midway through the first half and stayed in control throughout to come away with a much-needed 3-0 win before 1,227 at UMBC Stadium.

The win broke a five-game losing streak for the Bays and avenged an earlier loss to the Eagles.

The effort has been with the Bays (3-9) most of the season, but that hard work hasn't netted positive results. Friday night's 2-1 overtime loss at Richmond was a case in point.

"We had a tough game last night and really left our hearts out on the field at Richmond," said Bays coach Kevin Healey.

"We talked in the locker room before the game and said we had to come away with a win in front of the home crowd and really put on a good performance."

The Bays wasted little time getting on the board as Jeff Nattans scored two minutes into the game.

Billy Ronson initiated the play with a free kick along the left sideline. He sent a cross to the far post that Joe Barger headed back across the crease to a waiting Nattans, who headed it home.

"Scoring early just got our confidence up and showed how much Barger means to us," Healey said. "He could have shot the ball and the goalie would have eaten it up, but he brought it back and [Nattans] was there."

Tarik Walker added to the Bays' lead with an unassisted tally with 18:35 left in the half to make it 2-0. He collected the ball from 30 yards out, beat two Charlotte defenders before taking one dribble past the 18-yard mark and firing a shot past goalie Kevin Shockley.

With 7:35 left in the half, Walker took a feed from midfield and was alone with Shockley, who came out of the penalty area and took the Bays' forward down. Shockley was sent off with a red card and Charlotte was forced to play one man down for the rest of the game, with Graham Dancy, who regularly plays forward, in goal.

Charlotte's best scoring opportunity came a minute after the incident when Jean-Rene Tassy was all alone in front of Bays goalie Scoop Stanisic, who turned back a low shot from 10 yards out.

Steve Nichols and newcomer Scott Krosnowski, a Calvert Hall and American University graduate, played strong defense throughout the game in front of Stanisic.

"Scott plays with a lot of composure back there and really helps us in two spots because it enables us to use Nichols as a marking back, and that's his strength," Healey said.

Rob Elliott added an unassisted insurance goal with a little more than three minutes remaining to give the Bays their three-goal margin.

Before the men's game, the Baltimore Lady Bays made their home debut a successful one with an 11-0 win over the Columbia Chargers Under-19 state title team in an exhibition game.

The Lady Bays opened their inaugural season under coach Maurice Boylan with a 3-1 road win over the South Jersey Imperials last week.

Charlotte 0 0 -- 0

Baltimore 2 1 -- 3

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