Bays find mark, beat Millonarios, 2-1


WASHINGTON -- In the first half, the Maryland Bays hit every part of the goal except the back of the net.

Forward Jean Harbor and midfielder John Abe both found the right goal post, and midfielder Kevin Sloan found the top of the goal.

But Abe and Harbor both would score in the second half to give the Bays a 2-1 win over Millonarios of Colombia at RFK Stadium yesterday.

The victory enabled the Bays to remain in first place in the Western Conference of the American Professional Soccer League with a 7-0 record and 55 points.

"You do try and get a few shots on goal," Sloan said. "It's frustrating when it doesn't go in, but it definitely motivates you when you come out in the second half."

Millonarios, which showed off its precise passing skills, took a 1-0 lead off a fast break 21 minutes into the first half when forward Jair Abonia scored off a feed from forward Jorge Ramoa and midfielder Santiago Escobar.

Abonia's goal was the first goal on the Bays' defense in 296 minutes.

But despite trailing 1-0 at the half and the near misses on goals, Sloan was confident in a Bays comeback.

"We definitely felt like we were going to get more opportunities and we were going to be able to put them in," Sloan said.

Bays coach Gary Hindley said the Bays finished up strong the last 20-25 minutes of the first half after the rough start.

"You can never be as prepared as you want to be in an international game," Hindley said. The Bays got a big break 21:00 into the second half when Abe scored off a penalty kick to even the score at 1-1. The penalty was awarded to the Bays after Harbor was elbowed by Millonarios goalie Oscar Cordoba.

"This game was very, very emotional, frustrating, anything you can think of," said Harbor, who has scored seven goals in seven games.

Sounds easy, but Harbor contends it's not.

"It's not easy, I have to work very hard," said the APSL's leading scorer with 18 points. "I try to do everything in my power to get something going."

The Nigerian midfielder put in the game-winning goal off his head with 10:00 left in regulation to seal the 15th straight APSL win. Yesterday's game counted in the APSL standings.

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