'Quakes visit Rochester

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Daily Review

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — If there is one thing the San Jose Earthquakes are finding out so far this North American Soccer League season, it's that they're not the speediest team in the loop.

Tonight, in fact, they'll get a chance to see how fast the Rochester Lancers are as the two hook up in an afternoon contest where the Quakes have a lot at stake.

For one thing, San Jose will know how arch Western Division rival Los Angeles has fared against the Stars in St. Louis last night.

The Quakes and Aztecs are tied in the total points column, the one that counts toward the playoffs, with 23 apiece despite the fact the Quakes have only a 1-2-2 record compared to Los Angeles' 2-0-1 going into last night.

For another, the Quakes need a win over the 1-2-0 Lancers to insure at least a split on this short junket to the East.

Friday night, Baltimore was just too fast and too big and it counted in the early going as the Comets stacked up a 3-0 halftime lead and coasted to a 6-2 victory.

In fact, the score was 5-0 before the Quakes got on the board in the 75th minute when Mike Mesaros tipped in a 45 yarder by Laurie Calloway.

Quakes struck again six minutes later when Boris Bandov, moved from defense to midfield when Mesaros came in as a sub, put in an unassisted shot in the 81st minute.

But Keith Aqui insured things when he scored in 89th minute as the Quakes were, playing under a handicap of only 10 men on the field when Archie Roboostoff was ejected from the game for roughing up Baltimore's goalie.