The Maryland Bays missed a chance to regain first place in the American Soccer League's Northern Division last night when they were stunned in sudden-death overtime by the last-place New Jersey Eagles, 3-2, before 2,462 spectators at Columbia's Cedar Lane Park.
Paul Riley collected a centering pass during a counterattack and scored his second goal of the match 5:50 into extra time to give the Eagles the upset. New Jersey (5-12), which was handed seven yellow cards, shares the league's worst record with the Washington Diplomats.
The Bays (12-5, 35 points) had slipped from first to third place earlier this weekend when Penn-Jersey (12-5, 37) defeated Miami Friday and Albany (12-5, 36) beat Boston Saturday afternoon.
Phillip Gyau, a Gwynn Park High School and Howard University graduate, scored his ASL-best 10th goal of the season in the 17th minute.
Paul Kitson tied it in the 55th minute on a 30-yard shot that eluded goalie Charlie Arndt and settled into the upper left corner of the net.
The Eagles took the lead eight minutes later with an assist from a giant mud puddle in the Bays' penalty area. A Maryland defender's back pass to Arndt stalled in the water. Riley took control of the loose ball, steered around the fallen goalie and rolled the ball in.
Jean Harbor's penalty kick in the 71st minute after teammate Kevin Sloan was spilled inside the penalty area tied the match again.