Drillers' home touch flattens Blast, 13-7 Walker has five points, but losers now 0-6 on road

December 21, 1998|By R. John Hayes | R. John Hayes,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

EDMONTON, Alberta -- The Drillers scored seven points in the second quarter yesterday, and that proved the difference as Edmonton beat the Blast, 13-7, in an NPSL game.

Sipho Sibiya put Edmonton up 3-2 early in the second quarter with a three-point goal to cancel Tarik Walker's first-quarter two-pointer.

Then, in a two-minute span, the game's star, Martin Dugas, set up Edmonton's leading scorer, Chris Clarke, twice for two points each, and the Drillers led 7-2 at the half.

"We had a bad second quarter -- not that we got dominated, but we let in some goals," Blast coach Kevin Healey said.

"I thought we played very well in the second half. We got within two in the fourth quarter, but unfortunately gave up the goal."

Domenic Mobilio beat Blast goalkeeper Brett Phillips to cement the win. Mobilio came off the boards, danced past Phillips and found the back of the goal. The Canadian international player and former Blast member had scored seven points in the previous two games and this two-pointer started the Drillers on a six-point run to break the game open.

With their seventh straight win, the Drillers improved to 7-1 at home. Edmonton moved into sole possession of first place in the Northern Division, one game ahead of Buffalo.

"Edmonton is an athletic team, and they're a very tough team here," Healey said.

The Blast, which was missing several key players, fell to 0-6 on the road.

"We've definitely got some injuries -- our captain, Lance Johnson, as well as Jason Dieter in the back," Healey said. "And then our leading scorer, Denison Cabral, was not here, either.

"And obviously, that's a factor."

The Blast proved unable to come back on the uneven turf at the dTC Skyreach Centre.

Walker led the Blast with five points, scoring two goals on four shots.

"Tarik Walker was dangerous every time he touched the ball," Healey said. "It wasn't just that he was the best player on the field for us, but he looked dangerous every time he was out there."

Pub Date: 12/21/98

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