TAMPA, AUG. 10 -- In both of their regular season games against the Tampa Bay Rowdies this year, the Maryland Bays wound their way to victory by scoring an abundance of goals.

Friday night, in the opening round of the American Soccer League postseason, the Bays proved to be equally effective in a low-scoring game.

Striker Jean Harbor scored late in the first overtime, leading Maryland to a 2-1 victory over the Rowdies in the first game of the Southern Division playoffs.

"This is really a great lift for us," said Bays Coach Pete Caringi, whose team had scored seven goals against Tampa. "I had said before the game this was going to be another high-scoring affair. But {the Rowdies} made some great plays near the goal."

Harbor, who had been knocked down all night by defender David Byrne, finally got even with less than a minute remaining in the first overtime. Midfielder John Ade laced a pass toward the right side of the penalty area, and Harbor lined it into the back of the net.

Kurt Dasbach put Maryland (16-5) ahead in the first half by slicing a low shot just under goalkeeper Winston Dubose. Midfielder Mark Wright tied the game with 15 minutes left in regulation by redirecting a Giles Hooper pass under goalie Stephen Powers.

The teams will play the second game of the series at 7:05 p.m. Sunday at Cedar Lane Park in Columbia, Md. If the Rowdies (10-11) win, there will be a 30-minute mini-game immediately after the regular contest to determine the division winner.