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South Jersey Barons Defense Rips Rhode Island For Revenge In The Rain, 8-1

Saturday, June 23, 2001

By Forrest Robleto
SJSports Staff Writer

Defensemen Kevin Kelly and Kim Harvey got a combined seven goals in a game that featured several torrential downpours, to defeat the Rhode Island Rays 8-1. The South Jersey Barons were just back from a three week road trip and a 5-1 loss to the Rhode Island Rays. The Barons were playing in the second game of a soccer double header. In the first game the South Jersey Banshees lost to the Piedmont Spark 2-1. The women played in intermittent rain but by the time the men took the field the skies looked ominous.

While the sun was still out and the game was fresh forward Les Lunford passed the ball to Jim Harvey who slipped the ball passed Rhode Island keeper Steve Pickman for his first of four goals at the 4-minute mark. Seven minutes later Magic Agu set up Scott Middlemass for the second Barons goal and the only goal scored by the Barons offense. One minute later Agu set up Jim Harvey for his second goal. The skies were beginning to darken for the Stingrays. At the 24th minute Agu again set up Harvey for the hat trick, but Harvey wasn't done yet. With just 2 minutes left in the half, another defenseman Kevin Kelly began a streak of his own to make the score 5-0 at the half.

The rain started with the start of the second half and the Stingrays put on some pressure. But at the 66th minute Kevin Kelly made it 6-0 on his second goal with an assist from fellow defensemen Mark Southern. Magic Agu got his fourth assist on Kevin Kelly's third goal to make it 7-0. A penalty gave Stingray Mark Manganello an easy shot to break the shutout (7-1) but Kevin Kelly scored one more on a nice cross from Charlie McDoniel to finish the scoring at 8-1.

The Barons meet the New Hampshire Phantoms Saturday June 30 at Cherokee High School in Marlton, NJ. The game is the second of a soccer double header. The Banshees meet the New Hampshire Lady Phantoms immediately preceding.

Photos by Forrest Robleto

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