Bays look to league for victory

June 26, 1994|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Sun Staff Writer

The question left after last night's game between the Baltimore Bays and Raleigh Flyers at UMBC Stadium was: Who won?

After playing to a 2-2 tie in regulation, two scoreless overtime sessions and a wild shootout, the winner remained in doubt.

The Flyers appeared to be the winners after Billy Ronson's attempt to tie the five-round shootout was thwarted by officials when his goal was taken away because he did not take his shot within five seconds.

After both teams left the field, the referee reversed the call and awarded Ronson the goal, tying the shootout at 3. Raleigh refused to return to the field and the Bays requested a forfeit, which will be decided on by the league tomorrow.

The Bays had a number of chances to end the game in the first 10-minute overtime period, but couldn't get anything past Flyers goalie David Allred. Tarik Walker had a break-away chance snuffed by Allred in the fourth minute of the period and Ed McCue had a shot turned back minutes later.

An evenly played second overtime sent the game to a shootout.

The Bays were thoroughly outplayed in the first half, as the visiting Flyers, who had a 10-5 edge in shots on goal in the first, took a 2-0 lead.

Walker brought the Bays back with his fourth goal in four games 30 seconds into the second half.

The Bays wasted a number of opportunities until Greg Barger tied the game at 2 with a left-footed volley with 46 seconds left in regulation.

When Walker found the net after collecting a short feed from Barger at the start of the second half, the Bays found life in a game they were seemingly out of in the first half.

Rob Ukrop, familiar with scoring goals in Baltimore as a member of the Baltimore Spirit indoor team of the National Professional Soccer League, opened the scoring with a goal in the ninth minute.

From the right corner, Wendell Muldrow fed inside to Ukrop, who fired a shot past Bays goalie Scoop Stanisic from 8 yards out.

The Bays' best chance in the first half came moments after the Flyers took the 1-0 lead when Ronson found Walker inside the penalty area along the left side, but Walker's shot was deflected by a Raleigh defender.

Raleigh added to its lead with 12:37 left in the half when the Bays failed to clear an errant cross. Midfielder Mike Moltzon took advantage with an easy tap right in front.

@Raleigh 2 0 0 0 -- 0

Bays 0 2 0 0 -- 0

BAYS TODAY

Opponent: South Florida Flamingos

Site: UMBC Stadium

Time: 2 p.m.

Outlook: The Flamingos entered the weekend with a 3-10 mark in their first season in the U.S. Interregional Soccer League. The first 500 youths 16 and under to attend will receive a free Bays T-shirt, courtesy of Action Business Systems Inc. The Lady Bays will continue their inaugural exhibition season with a game after the men's match.

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