Darts Play Havoc With Stars' Goalie

Don Dunn
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Cumberland Evening Times

WASHINGTON—"Who knows how to lose to a North American Soccer League team?" That question may be put forward by coach Lincoln Phillips and the Washington Darts, and they provided their own answer yesterday at Catholic University Field for the second time this season, topping the St. Louis Stars 4-0.

The Darts, now carrying a record of 2-1-1, received their only defeat in the 2-0 match dropped Friday to Berlin (Germany) Hertha, having also beaten Atlanta and tied Dallas to round out that count. All four matches were in Washington.

The Stars, men, joined Atlanta in having the knowledge of how to lose to an American team, but they know how to get defeated by a team which cannot top Washington—the Darts themselves!

Roland Crispin, entering the match midway through the first half, put the first shot in the nets 27 minutes after the action began, hitting a 10-yard firing as he approached the left side of the goal. The acrobatic defenseman-halfback scored on goalkeeper Miguel de Lima, who is in his fourth year in the NASL.

Five minutes later the Brazilian goalie allowed another goal, this time from the opposite side
of the target and the same distance. Dart Gerry Browne, the team's top scorer last season in the American League, received a pass from Joseph (Nana) Gyau and put it past de Lima for a 2-0 lead in the 32nd minute of play.

As if that didn't bother the visitors' 'keeper enough, Frank Donlevey scored with 40 minutes gone in the half from directly in front of the goalmouth and 25 yards out.

The busy extremes of action shook up de Lima considerably and he gave way to American Dave Jokerst, a 22-year-old St. Louis native who held Washington the last five minutes of the half to their 3-0 lead. Jokerst gave up but one score, taken by Bert Grell two minutes after the second stanza began to build the total to 4-0 which held until the close of the match.

The Darts picked up nine points in the standings for the win (six for winning and three bonus points for scoring) to grab first place in the NASL Southern Division, entering the game a point behind Dallas and tied with Atlanta.

In taking the important victory, the Darts played their usual defensive game, Grell, Crispin, Phillips, Selris Figaro and Willie Evans holding St. Louis to but a single serious threat for the afternoon, pleasing the home crowd of 3,165 to extremes.

Next Sunday, the Darts travel to Kansas City for their first away contest of the season, and return to RFK Stadium Friday May 22, for an 8 p.m. meeting with England's Coventry City.