Capitals hand Bays 3-0 loss, first shutout defeat in 19 games


ALBANY, N.Y. -- Mike Masters had two goals and an assist, as the Albany Capitals beat the Maryland Bays, 3-0, in an American Professional Soccer League game at Bleecker Stadium yesterday.

It was the first time the Bays (12-2, 98 points) had been shut out in 19 games, dating to June 1990 against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers.

The shutout ended Kevin Sloan's streak of nine consecutive games with at least one point. Sloan had set the league record Saturday night against the Penn-Jersey Spirit.

Ramiro Borja gave the Capitals (8-7, 71) a 1-0 lead with a goal off a pass from Masters 9 minutes, 13 seconds into the game. Masters broke down the right side and crossed to Borja, who scored with a left-foot shot from 18 yards that beat goalkeeper Warren Westcoat (Severna Park), who was making his first start of the season.

Masters increased the lead to 2-0 with a penalty kick 14:00 into the second half. The Bays' George Gelnovatch had pulled down John Garvey and was ejected from the game, setting up Masters' penalty shot.

Masters concluded the scoring when he headed in a shot from Jimmy McGeough at 63:53.

Albany goalie Scoop Stanisic, formerly of the MSL's Baltimore Blast, had 12 saves.

Maryland 0 0 -- 0

Albany 1 2 -- 3

Goals: A--Masters 2, Borja. Assists: A--Masters, McGeough. Saves: M--Westcoat 6, A--Stanisic 12.

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