Kevin Sloan had the flu, but you couldn't prove it by the Tampa Bay Terror and the St. Louis Ambush. After a four-goal effort Friday night in the Spirit's win over Tampa Bay, Sloan scored four more last night to lead a dramatic comeback that resulted in a 22-16 win over St. Louis before 4,628 at the Baltimore Arena. "The guys dug down and it showed," said Spirit coach Dave MacWilliams. "We were beat up and sick, but just wouldn't quit. That says something to me. That's building a foundation." The Spirit (9-3) gained undisputed possession of second place in the National Professional Soccer League's American Division behind the Cleveland Crunch breaking its tie with the Buffalo Blizzard, which lost to the Cincinnati Silverbacks, 22-21. The Spirit was behind by as much as 11-2 and trailed at half-time 12-6. Sloan had two goals in a wild third period in which the Spirit outscored the defending NPSL champion 11-4 and took a 17-16 advantage, its first lead of the game. "The turning point for me was after Jamie Christie was penalized, and I wanted to make my presence known," Sloan said. "Then I got penalized, leaving us two men down. But I came out of the penalty box and scored. Adrenaline took over after that." The key Spirit player in the third quarter was Franklin McIntosh, who scored three goals after being blanked in the first half. His third-quarter production included a three-point goal, a two-pointer, a one-point shootout and three assists. "We gave up too many easy goals," said St. Louis player-coach Daryl Doran. "Even in the fourth quarter, we gave up blatant goals. An experienced team like ours shouldn't do that." Joe Mallia, filling in for flu-ridden Cris Vaccaro, had 25 saves after 15 Friday night in the win over Tampa Bay. He stopped seven St. Louis shootout attempts. Alluding to the 11-2 second quarter deficit, Mallia said: "Anyone who's been in this league a few years knows there will be games like this. Anything can happen. It happened tonight." A flu bug is working its way through the Spirit. It affected half a dozen players last night, knocking Vaccaro out of his scheduled start. "With the flu, plus a few injuries, people are struggling and we're short bodies," MacWilliams said before the game. "We'll have change strategy. We can't afford to get into a running game with them. We'll try to slow it town a bit." The Spirit couldn't slow St. Louis in the first half. In the space of 83 seconds, the Ambush scored three goals worth seven points for a 9-2 lead early in the second quarter. NOTES: Mike 8tankovic, the club's No. 3 scorer who missed the Tampa Bay game with the flu, played last night. David Vaudreuil sat out with a pulled stomach muscle suffered Friday night. Bobby Joe Esposito, who missed the past five games with a strained hip flexor, saw his first action since Nov. 18.... At his present pace, McIntosh, the NPSL's career points leader, could reach 1,000 Feb. 4 against the Milwaukee Wave.... The game marked the third time this season and second straight weekend that the Spirit has had back-to-back games.... Midfielder Barry Stitz played in his franchise-record 88th straight game. Sloan has played in 52 straight since joining the club last year.... The Spirit entered the game with an NAPS-leading 14 three-point goals.