Bays put end to Atlanta's 39-game streak

November 20, 1994|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Sun Staff Writer

What 39-game winning streak?

That seemed to be the attitude of the Baltimore Bays last nighbefore they met the Atlanta Magic and its 39 straight wins at Du Burns Arena.

There was a touch of arrogance in the Bays from the start and they took that attitude on to the floor.

It proved to be just the right formula for a stunning 8-6 victory over the Magic.

"We decided before the game that we weren't going to drop back and play a defensive game like we did in Atlanta [an 11-2 loss two weeks ago]," defender Joe Barger said.

"The way to beat a team like that is to take it to them and give it your best shot."

Barger and the Bays flew all over the field for 60 minutes, outshooting the Magic 38-28 and forcing Atlanta goalkeeper Mike Potier to make one brilliant save after another.

Baltimore veterans Billy Ronson and Mark Mettrick were in top form, with Mettrick getting two goals and one assist and Ronson contributing two assists.

Ronson played with the flu and still had a superb game, assisting on the final two goals for the Bays, which broke a 6-6 tie at the end of the third quarter.

Ronson first got the ball to Dan Santoro for a goal with 6:59 left in the game, giving the Bays a 7-6 lead. Then he assisted on Carsten Siersback's goal with 2:04 left.

Siersback's goal virtually ended any hope the Magic had of extending its United States Interregional Soccer League winning streak.

Siersback finished with two goals for the Bays.

Bays coach Kevin Healy said he had a good feeling from the start last night.

"From the time I came through the door, I thought we could win," he said. "We did a lot of things right and Ronson was his usual

self. He always comes to play no matter what."

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