Sonny Askew scored on an indirect free kick with 3:45 remaining in the second overtime tonight to lift the Washington Diplomats to a 3-2 North American Soccer League victory over the Los Angeles Aztecs.
In downing Johan Cruyff and the Aztecs, the Diplomats improved their league record to 13-6.
The winning goal was set up by an Aztec infraction in front of the L.A. goal.
The indirect kick from seven yards was taken by midfielder Joe Horvath, who slipped it to Askew for the score. Horvath enjoyed one of his better nights of the season, scoring one and assisting on both other Washington goals.
The Dips continue on their western trip, already one game over 500 [5-4] on the road. They play in Portland Wednesday night.
The first half provided action aplenty, including numerous fouls of serious nature.
The first foul resulted in the opening goal. A collision in the penalty area left the aztecs with their second penalty kick of the season.
Hubert Smeets had no difficulty outsmarting Dips' goalkeeper Bill Irwin. For Smeets, a 6-foot-5 native of Holland, it was his fifth goal and 13th point of the season.
The Dips despite being outshot in the half, 10-6, managed to even the count with 15:58 gone.
A pushing foul on Aztec defender John McGrane gave the visitors a direct kick just outside the penalty area. Midfielder Horvath curled a beautiful left-footed shot around the Aztecs wall and out of the reach of a diving Bob Rigby.
The goal was the sixth on the year for Horvath, equalling his total of last year for Rochester.
A total of 28 fouls were called in the first half, includng yellow-card bookings of the Dips' Rene Brisevoort and forward Walter Wagner of the Aztecs. Wagner was also involved in the collision that resulted in the first penalty kick.
Irwin recorded one save in the half, Rigby had none.
A wild and furious second half led to two more goals as the teams played to a 2-2 draw in the regulation 90 minutes.
The Aztecs' second penalty kick was awarded with less than four minutes remaining but this time, Irwin guessed right as he smothered Smeets' attempt from the 12-yard spot.
The Aztecs took a 2-1 lead on a goal by Thomas Rongen with Cruyff assisting. It was Cruyff's 20th Point of the season [six goals and eight assists].
It took only 1:04 for the Dips to again tie the score. Horvath lofted a long cross into the Aztecs' penalty area, with defender Jim Steele knocking it home for his first goal of the season. CAPTION: Picture, Catcher Rick Cerone's throw ships by Toronto second baseman Dan Ainge as Gary Roennicke steals, Doug DeCinces scores from third. AP