Blast's Campbell stars in first start

Patapsco High graduate records 14 saves to lead 15-6 win over Blizzard

Soccer

January 22, 2001|By Mike Haim | Mike Haim,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

BUFFALO, N.Y. - The Blast, nursing a two-game losing streak, dialed a local number to get a key win in a road game.

The call came at the right time for Josh Campbell, the Patapsco High product who made his first career start and recorded 14 saves in the Blast's 15-6 victory over the Buffalo Blizzard yesterday afternoon.

"They planned from the beginning to get my first start on the road, and it worked out well," said Campbell, whose only other NPSL action came late in the season opener against Kansas City. "[Waiting] was a little frustrating at times, but I knew my time was coming."

Blast coach Kevin Healey called it "a good opportunity [to play Campbell] because it was a big field. He's a quality goalkeeper that we're trying to bring along."

Campbell covered the entire goal, diving and jumping to make several saves. He was aided by a strong team defensive effort, as the Blast combined for 17 blocked shots.

Campbell surrendered just two goals in the second quarter and one late in the fourth, after the Blast had scored 11 straight points. He made five saves in the first quarter to set the tone for the day.

"You come in a little nervous, a little shaky," Campbell said. "You make those first couple of saves, you kind of settle down, and things start going your way."

Denison Cabral scored three goals - two on shootouts - while Lance Johnson and Danny Kelly each added two goals for the Blast (13-6). Lee Tschantret contributed three assists as Baltimore got back to within 1 1/2 games of first-place Philadelphia in the American Conference. Buffalo, loser of four in a row, fell to 7-13.

"We needed to win this game, coming off the loss [Friday] at Detroit," Healey said. "We wanted to get on the right track and not have a lost weekend."

After a scoreless first quarter, the clubs twice traded two-point goals before a key penalty resulted in a shootout goal by Cabral. That goal put the Blast up 5-4, a lead that would not be relinquished.

The goal also gave Cabral points in 44 consecutive games. With the five-point game, Cabral has 372 points in his career, seven behind Barry Stitz for second on the club's scoring list and 21 behind record-holder Franklin McIntosh.

The Blast broke the game open in the second half. Johnson netted his second goal of the game with 4:19 remaining in the third quarter, completing a two-on-one break after a pass from Tschantret.

The Blast scored eight points in the fourth quarter. Kelly made it 9-4 at the 2:33 mark, and Cabral scored a shootout goal at 4:21. Cabral followed up by drilling a three-pointer on the power play five seconds later.

The Blast next plays a home-and-home series against the Cleveland Crunch. The clubs will play in Cleveland on Friday, then travel to Baltimore for a Saturday night contest.

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