Bays break drought, beat Columbia, 2-0


The Baltimore Bays have an offense, after all.

Tarik Walker and Rob Elliott scored second-half goals to give the Bays a 2-0 win over the Columbia Heat last night before 209 at UMBC Stadium. The Bays were shut out Friday night by the Washington Mustangs.

Walker, who leads the Bays with five goals -- all in the past seven games -- scored the first goal with 27:15 left. Elliott scored a free-kick shootout goal with 6:07 remaining.

"I noticed they had only three people on their wall, making it easy to play around it," Walker said. "I thought the shot was going over the goal, but it dipped at the last moment."

The Bays (5-10) remain in seventh place in the U.S. Interregional Soccer League's Atlantic Division, behind sixth-place Columbia (S.C.). The Heat (6-7) has dropped five straight.

The Bays played one man short for the final 19:23 after goalie Scoop Stanisic was red-carded for misconduct, an automatic ejection. He also must sit out the next game. Brian Hartlove replaced Stanisic in the goal, and Ed McCue came out of the game, leaving the Bays with 10 players.

"Tarik came back after missing a shootout and gave us a big goal," Bays coach Kevin Healey said. "There was more urgency to our attack tonight."

NOTES: Last night's referee was Leann Hepburn, a suburban Denver resident who is the first woman in this country to become a national level referee. . . . The Bays' next two games are at Greensboro on Saturday and Detroit on July 15. They will end the regular season with home games against the Philadelphia Freedom July 17 and the Hampton Roads July 22.

Columbia 0 0 -- 0

Bays 0 2 -- 2

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