The Washington Stars dropped their third consecutive game, 3-2, last night to the Penn-Jersey Spirit in an American Soccer League game before a rain-soaked crowd of 682 at W.T. Woodson.
The loss left the Stars 3-9. The Spirit improved to 6-4.
The Spirit's Pat O'Kelly opened the scoring just 1:41 into the game after Stars goalkeeper Neil Cowley let the rebound of Keith Fulk's shot get away from him.
The Stars tied the score at 1-1 when Doug Bradley scored the first of his two penalty-shot goals after John Kerr Jr. was tripped in the Spirit's box by goalie Dale Kaya at 29:20.
The turning point of the game came with just :44 left in the first half as Dan Donigan kicked in Ted Gillen's rebound for a 2-1 Spirit lead. Substitute Duane Robinson finished off a 30-yard run with a 10-yard chip from the middle of the field.
Bradley's second goal came after Penn-Jersey's George Gelnovatch was flagged as he tackled Richard Eaton in the box with :32 left.
GOALS -- Spirit: O'Kelley, 1:41; Donigan, 19:36; Robinson, 34:35. Stars: Bradley, 29:20, 89:28.
ASSISTS -- Spirit: Fulk, Banks, Gillen 2.
SHOTS -- Spirit 15; Stars 14.
SAVES -- Spirit: Kaya 5. Stars: Cowley 4.
Bays Beat Rowdies
Gene Harbour netted two goals and goaltender Steve Powers had four saves to help lift the Maryland Bays to a 3-2 home victory over the Tampa Bay Rowdies.
Maryland scored the first goal at 26:19 when Harbour headed the ball in.
Harbour netted his second goal at 6:53 of the second half on assists from Eric Hawkes and Kurt Dasdach for a 2-0 score. Five minutes later John Abe added the last Bays goal on a breakaway assisted by Harbour.
Tampa Bay's offense awoke with 31 minutes left to shave the Bays' lead to 3-1. Rowdie Ray Hudson was assisted by David Byrne on the first Tampa Bay goal.
The Bays took 14 shots on goal, four fewer than Tampa Bay.