Bays easily top Flamingos, 4-1

June 27, 1994|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Sun Staff Writer

Conventional and comfortable -- the Baltimore Bays haven't experienced much of either in their second outdoor season in the U.S. Interregional Soccer League.

The Bays dominated the visiting South Florida Flamingos from start to finish and came away with a 4-1 win at UMBC Stadium yesterday.

"It feels nice to sit on the side and be able to relax late in a game," said Bays coach Kevin Healey.

Bays rookie Aaron Velli's first goal of the year midway through the second half proved to be the game-winner.

The Bays (4-9) controlled the tempo and owned an 18-1 edge in shots in a first half that saw them take a 1-0 lead.

The Barger brothers connected for the Bays with 20:24 left in the half. Greg Barger took a feed from Joe Barger 20 yards out and sent a soft chip past South Florida goalie John Morton, who left his goal line to try and cut off the angle. It was the second goal in as many days for Greg Barger, who also added an assist in Saturday night's game against Raleigh.

The Flamingos (3-11) tied it 1-1 in the opening minute of the second half on their second shot of the game, as Jesus Martin collected a pass from Patrick Watt along the left side and sent a hard shot that found the upper right corner.

"We were dominating the game and at the half we were worried about their counter-attacks and that's what happened. They got a pretty nice goal," said Healey.

"But we stayed composed and were a little more creative and quicker in the second half. Their score added a little emergency to things."

Velli, who replaced forward Tarik Walker a minute prior, split a pair of defenders and then beat Morton with a shot to the left side. The shot also got past a South Florida defender who tried to turn it back along the goal line.

"He plays hard and gives us a lot of versatility with the ability to go forward and score goals. He comes off the side, stays composed and scores a really nice goal," Healey said.

Rob Elliot added an insurance goal with 8:05 left in the game on a shoot-out situation after South Florida received its seventh foul of the second half.

Danny Santoro closed out the scoring with just over three minutes left, when he took a feed from Derrick Marcano. Marcano broke free along the left side and found Santoro cutting along the right side with Morton caught in between. After Marcano's pass got past Morton, Santoro had an open net to shoot at. Meanwhile, a report has been sent to league officials concerning Saturday night's controversial finish in the Bays' game against Raleigh.

After the two teams were tied at two after two overtimes, the game went to a shootout, where Billy Ronson's goal in the fifth and final round apparently tied the shootout at three apiece.

The referee first disallowed the goal, misinterpreting the rule that states the shooter must get the shot off within five seconds.

After both teams left the field, the referee reversed the decision -- giving Ronson the goal and tying the score. Raleigh did not return to the field, and the Bays are seeking a forfeit. A decision is expected later this week.

South Florida 0 1 -- 1

Bays .. ... ..1 3 -- 4

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