Cuomo's goal puts Baltimore into under-19 title game, 2-1 Ray's late save boosts F.C. Bullets in OT win

July 24, 1998|By Gary Davidson | Gary Davidson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

PHOENIX -- Ryan Cuomo scored in the 115th minute to lead the Baltimore F.C. Bullets to a 2-1 overtime victory over the Club Ohio

Dynamo last night in the boys under-19 semifinals of the United States Youth Soccer National Championships at the Rose Mofford Sport Complex.

Bullets goalkeeper Rob Ray provided the impetus, just when things looked dour for Baltimore. A minute after a Dynamo goal was negated by an offsides call, Ray slid out to stuff point-blank a shot by Ryan Winkler, who had made a free run to the top of the penalty area.

The Bullets quickly counterattacked and Ryan Lampton sent a long pass from the right flank that skipped off a defender to the far post, where Cuomo netted an 8-yard header.

"I was at the [18-yard line]. I just saw it pop up in the air," said Cuomo, son of coach Rich Cuomo and an Archbishop Curley graduate now attending UMBC. "I had a man in front of me. I just tried to get up as high as I could and put it on the ground. Luckily it went in off the post. I guess they were trying to head it out and it went right up in the air. I just put it down.

"Our goalkeeper played an excellent game. He's notorious for making big saves That save definitely bounced us back."

While his teammates celebrated, Ray quietly toweled off in a corner. "I'm just here to do my job and I did it today," said Ray, a Dundalk alumnus who now plays for Mount St. Mary's. "I'm not into the big glory or anything The attention is always nice if it's there, but it doesn't matter as long as I did my job.

"On the one-on-one, the guy made a run at me, got a good through ball and he just touched it a little far and I just slid out. He tried to touch it by me and it went of my hip and went out."

Club Ohio scored first in the 30th minute when Frank Sprochi pounced on a defensive carom of Jamie Chiero's entry pass.

Richard Kuhn tied it in the 42d minute, slipping alone to the far post for a short, uncontested header of Kurt Meyers' long cross from the right sideline.

The Bullets will play tomorrow for the championship against the winner of last night's game between Cisco '79 Flames of Phoenix and the Dallas Texans Red. In today's semifinals, the Columbia Darby faces Club Ohio

Dynamo in the U-20 men's division and the U-18 S.C. Baltimore Stars play Busch S.C. of St. Louis.

Pub Date: 7/24/98

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