Howard's Peter Prom scored on a breakaway with three minutes to play to give the Bison a 2-1 victory over American yesterday in a Capital Collegiate Conference soccer game at AU.
Prom took a looping, through pass from Carlton Briscoe down the left wing and cut toward the center of the field. Eagle defenders thought the play was offside and stopped running, allowing Prom to break in alone on goalkeeper Steve Giordano.
Prom struck the ball with the outside of his right foot and curved it past Giordano into the upper right corner from 20 yards.
Howard Coach Keith Tucker felt certain the winning goal was illegal. "There's no way that play wasn't offside," said Tucker, whose team is 3-2-2, 2-0 in the CCC. "I was so surprised when the whistle didn't blow. But it was a nice present."
The Bison took a 1-0 lead at 38:28 as Howard's Juan Estrada stole a clearing pass and chipped a cross to Ronald Simmons, cutting down the middle of the field. Simmons cut in alone and got off a weak shot before colliding with Giordano, but the ball continued into the net.
American (3-6, 1-1) tied the score on another controversial goal 17 minutes into the second half. After Bison goalkeeper Gilbert McPherson stopped a header from David Hodgkins and fell into the crease, AU's Tommy Kramer swept the ball from McPherson's hands into the net.
NASL Playoffs: Tulsa's Ron Futcher scored two goals to lead the Roughnecks to a 3-0 shutout of visiting Montreal, sending his team to the North American Soccer League's championship game on Saturday against Toronto in Vancouver, B.C.