Bays bounce Tulsa, take USISL title second time MVP Ronson and Cabral sparkle in 13-10 victory

March 10, 1997|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

There was no love lost between the Bays and their faithful fans last night at Du Burns Arena.

Moments after capturing their second consecutive United Systems of Independent Soccer Leagues championship with a 13-10 victory over the Tulsa Roughnecks, the Bays showed their appreciation by standing in the center of the floor and applauding their fans.

"You have to applaud Baltimore for being able to put out an outstanding team like this," said Bays coach Kevin Healey, who earned Coach of the Year honors for the second year in a row. "There's no egos. They get along great and they do what they have to do to win. We felt like we should win this. We had a very good team and this proves that we have an outstanding team."

Billy Ronson, the USISL's leading scorer, led the Bays with four goals and two assists and midfielder Denison Cabral added four more and one assist.

The win extended the Bays' winning streak to 23 games and gave Baltimore (13-0) its second consecutive undefeated season.

"We gave away some weak goals but we knew we could score and the bottom line is we won another championship," said Ronson, who was named league MVP in a post-game awards ceremony.

Tulsa (10-6) got on the scoreboard first but Baltimore answered with three straight goals. Cabral got things started when he picked the ball away from Tulsa's Tama Aondofar and beat Roughnecks goalie Christian Butler.

Ronson helped give the Bays the lead when he fed Joe Koziol at the 8: 11 mark of the first quarter. Then he made the lead 3-1 when he converted a feed off the boards from Troy Snyder.

Bays goalie David Tenney, the league's stingiest keeper this season with an 85.5 save percentage, preserved Baltimore's early lead with some acrobatics and Ronson tallied two goals and two assists in the first quarter that ended with Baltimore ahead, 5-2.

The Bays, who squandered a 4-1 lead before defeating the Roughnecks, 5-4, in overtime Friday in Tulsa, Okla., matched Tulsa goal for goal in the second quarter and led 8-5 at halftime. Cabral closed out the first-half scoring with a diving header on an assist from Tarik Walker and celebrated with a back flip that electrified the capacity crowd.

Ronson and Cabral took over in the second half, scoring two goals each -- and Cabral added another back flip.

Pub Date: 3/10/97

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