Bays fall to Washington in OT


Kevin Healey couldn't have been more blunt in discussing the Baltimore Bays' playoff chances.

"We have to win most of our games," the Bays coach said, "if not all of them."

That was before last night's game. The Bays made their job even harder by losing to the Washington Mustangs, 1-0, in overtime before an estimated 200 at UMBC Stadium.

Leonel Suazo kicked in the winner 2:50 into overtime in the game's 63rd minute. John Stroud, who played last year for the Bays, got an assist when he headed the ball to Suazo, the U.S. Interregional Soccer League's No. 7 scorer with 14 goals.

"We stopped two shots before the goal," said Healey. "After the second one, the ball went wide, one of their players chipped it back and Stroud headed it to Suazo."

Baltimore's offense was virtually non-existent. The Bays were outshot, 21-13.

"I'm disappointed in our offense," Healey said. "We gave the ball away a lot under very little pressure. The defense was fine."

Four teams make the playoffs. The Bays (4-10) are in seventh place in the U.S. Interregional Soccer League's Atlantic Division. Standing between them and fourth place are the teams they're playing this weekend -- the Columbia Heat, in sixth place at 6-6, and Washington, in fifth at 8-4.

With five games remaining, the Bays' playoff chances are dim.

The USISL has yet to make a decision on the Bays' request for a forfeit win after a controversial finish in last week's game against the Raleigh Flyers.

After two overtimes, Billy Ronson's shootout goal was first disallowed, but the referee reversed the decision, giving Ronson the goal and tying the score. When Raleigh didn't return to the field, the Bays asked for a forfeit.

"The USISL kicked it upstairs, to the U.S. Soccer Federation, asking them to rule on it," Healey said.

NOTES: In addition to Stroud, a midfielder, another ex-Bay, goalie Steve Powers, plays for the Mustangs. . . . The Bays' Joe Layfield (groin) and Mark Mettrick (knee) missed the game.

Washington 0 0 1 -- 1

Bays 0 0 0 -- 0

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