The Maryland Bays and Washington Diplomats showed how not to shoot penalty kicks last night. Eighty percent is the average success rate, but despite missing four of six from the 12-yard mark, the Bays survived a two-goal second-half deficit and defeated the Diplomats in a shootout, 3-2, before 2,126 at Cedar Lane Park in Columbia.
Forward Jean Harbor made the winning kick in the third round of the shootout after he missed a penalty kick with eight minutes left in regulation. Since only two points are awarded for shootout victories, that miss cost the Bays (10-4) a point and left them in third place in the American Soccer League's Northern Division.
For the fourth straight week, the Diplomats (5-9) missed a chance to move into second in the Southern Division, losing for the seventh time in eight matches.
"It was just bad luck," said Diplomats Coach Stojan Nikolic. "We played an excellent game today, but we gave up two goals we shouldn't have."
The one-name wonder, Drago, gave the Diplomats a 2-0 lead midway in the second half, but Harbor scored in the 68th minute and substitute Scott Cook scored a sensational equalizer in the 76th minute.
In the shootout, Diplomats goalie Vojislav Stanisic did his job with two diving saves. Bays midfielder Kevin Sloan also missed with a high shot. But Washington couldn't capitalize as Scott Henderson did its only scoring in the third round.
Rusty Troy missed high, Drago had his shot stopped by goalie Charles Arndt, Leonel Suazo hit the left post and Mike Stankovic missed wide left in the fifth round to end it.Washington Diplomats 0 2 0 2 Maryland 0 2 0 2
GOALS -- Washington: Drago 59:30, 64:00; Maryland: Harbor 67:25, 75:40.
SHOOTOUT GOALS -- Washington: Henderson; Maryland: Namazi, Harbor.
ASSISTS -- Washington: Suazo, S. Coreas; Maryland: Nattans, Harbor, Gyau.
SHOTS -- Washington 12, Maryland 22.
SAVES -- Washington: Stanisic 6; Maryland: Arndt 4.