Triumphant indoors, Bays now seek USISL outdoor title Season begins tonight at Hampton Roads, Va.

April 13, 1996|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Undefeated defending U.S. Interregional Soccer League indoor champions.

That's a title the Bays will wear with pride throughout the outdoor season, which begins tonight when they visit the Hampton Roads (Va.) Mariners in their USISL opener.

"Winning breeds confidence," said Bays coach Kevin Healey, who was named the USISL Coach of the Year after his team captured the indoor title by downing the defending champion Atlantic Magic, 10-8, in the championship game in Tulsa, Okla.

"We had an outstanding indoor team and a lot of the guys on that team are ready to take on the challenge outdoors."

After tonight's game, a 7: 30 start at First Colonial High School in Hampton Roads, Va., the Bays will have two weeks to prepare for their home opener. Baltimore will play its first home game on April 27 against New Hampshire at Bel Air High School, but will play its remaining 10 home games at Catonsville Community College.

Denison Cabral, who scored 13 goals in the indoor tournament and was named both the tournament and league MVP, and fellow midfielder Marcelo Valencia will play for the Bays until mid-June. Then they will join the Washington Warthogs for the start of the Continental Indoor Soccer League season.

Even without Cabral and Valencia in the lineup, the Bays are loaded with experienced players. The only question now is, can the Bays excel in the outdoor game?

The leader in the midfield, Joe Koziol, believes the Bays control their own destiny.

"The key is going to be commitment," said Koziol. "We were successful indoors because of the commitment from upper management through the players. In years past, the same commitment was not there for outdoors and we felt like we could win with whatever personnel we had. I think now we've learned that if we train hard in practice, work hard in games and play tremendous defense, we'll be successful."

What Baltimore lacks in size up front, it makes up for with skilled players, including NPSL stars Tarik Walker (Harrisburg Heat) and Danny Santora (Tampa Bay Terror) and mainstay Rob Elliott.

The Bays are anything but small on defense. Stopper Steve Boardman (6 feet 2), sweeper Scott Krosnowski (6-3) and Derrick Marcano (6-0) should supply plenty of support for returning goalkeeper Dave Barrueta.

Bays schedule

Date Opponent Time

April 13 at Hampton Roads 7: 30

April 27 New Hampshire 7: 30

May 3 Philadelphia 7: 30

May 11 at Richmond 7: 30

May 17 Chattanooga 7: 30

May 18 at Albany 7: 30

May 24 Central Jersey 7: 30

May 25 at Washington 7: 30

June 1 Charleston 7: 30

June 8 Albany 6

June 15 Washington 8

June 21 at Reading 7: 30

June 22 at Philadelphia 7: 30

June 29 at Rhode Island 7: 30

June 30 at New Hampshire 7: 30

July 5 Worchester 7: 30

July 7 Rhode Island 2: 00

July 17 Richmond 7: 30

July 19 at Delaware 7: 30

July 27 at Worchester 7: 30

July 28 at North Jersey 7: 30

Aug. 3 Reading 8

Home games: All at Catonsville CC except for April 27, which will be played at Bel Air High.

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Pub Date: 4/13/96

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