Bays top Sting, 4-1, for 16th in a row


SALT LAKE CITY -- The Maryland Bays stayed unbeaten this year and extended their two-year winning streak to 16 with a come-from-behind 4-1 victory over the Salt Lake Sting last night before 2,366 at Derks Field.

The Bays (8-0) scored four second-half goals.

"I thought Salt Lake outplayed us in the first half in every phase of the game," said Maryland coach Gary Hindley. "But we got some things straightened out in the second half. We needed to get the ball forward better. Then we had some talented people hitting those free kicks."

The game might be the last for the Sting, who began the season without an owner.

Several prospective buyers have come and gone, leaving the Sting players in a state of flux. The league gave the club until Wednesday to come up with a buyer or fold. But on Wednesday, commissioner William Sage said the league would continue to operate the club through the Maryland game. The Sting has no games until July 10, so league officials are hopeful the franchise will be solidified by then.

The Sting (3-8) took a 1-0 lead at 31 minutes, 25 seconds of the first half when Dzung Tran beat goal keeper Steve Powers with his fifth goal of the season.

The Bays scored twice in the early part of the second half.

They tied it at the four-minute mark when Kevin Sloan scored off a deflection of a shot by Jeff Agoos.

Then at the 16-minute mark, the Bays capitalized on another free kick, as Bruce Murray's screamer over a wall of defenders found the right corner of the net.

Maryland .. .. .. 0 .. .. .. 4 .. .. ..-- .. .. .. 4

Salt Lake .. .. . 1 .. .. .. 0 .. .. ..-- .. .. .. 1

Goals: M--Sloan, Murray, Haynes, Harbor; SL--Tran. Assists: M--Agoos; SL--Lee. Saves: M--Powers 6; SL--Parkinson 6, Lehnert 2.

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