Bays' 12-5 win over Reading set up by third-quarter surge

January 14, 1995|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Sun Staff Writer

It took little more than a half for the Baltimore Bays to shake a stubborn and physical Reading team last night at Du Burns Arena in Canton.

A three-goal spurt in the third quarter gave the Bays some comfort in a 12-5 win over the Freedom.

Dan Santoro (three goals) and Billy Ronson (three goals, two assists) led the way offensively and keeper Dave Tenney kept busy in the Bays' net with 18 saves.

The Bays improved to 8-2 and are alone atop the U.S. Interregional Soccer League's North-South Division.

"I was very happy the way we played tonight," said Bays coach Kevin Healey. "The last time we had a big win against Atlanta, we came back and lost the one to Orlando. We came off a good weekend in Florida and came back and played well."

The game's decisive point came after Mike Moyer scored for Reading to cut the Bays' lead to 5-3.

Dave Parravano got it started 8:36 into the period. Joe Layfield scored a minute later, and Santoro made it 8-3 with 1:32 left.

Santoro got his hat trick a minute into the fourth quarter to give the Bays a six-goal lead.

"We've been getting a good mixture of scoring with youth and the veterans contributing," Healey said. "Santoro did a lot of scoring and Parravano scored a clutch goal in the third. And Billy Ronson just passes the ball so well -- he's the master."

The Bays took a 5-2 lead into halftime despite only outshootinReading 18-17 in a physical first half.

The visiting Freedom had a number of chances early with the Bays caught up field, but weren't able to capitalize with Tenney coming up with 10 saves in the first half.

Baltimore got on the board midway through the first quarter when Ron Chesney beat a defender in the right corner and used the boards to find Ronson in front.

Layfield and John Stroud scored a minute apart -- the latte coming with 3:17 left in the quarter -- to give the Bays a 3-0 lead before Nigel Sparks got Reading on the board with a goal late in the quarter.

All the second-quarter scoring was done late with Mark Mettrick taking a short ball in the penalty area from Ronson at the 3:21 mark.

Reading .. ..1 ..1 ..1 ..2 ..-- 5

Baltimore ...3 ..2 ..3 ..4 .-- 12

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