Aztecs Win In Rain, 4-2

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Pasadena Star-News

Whip St. Louis, Again

ST. LOUIS — Douglas McMillan pushed a goal past St. Louis goalie Mike Winter with three minutes left to play, then passed to Tony Douglas for another tally just two minutes later, lifting the Los Angeles Aztecs to a 4-2 victory over the Stars Saturday night in Busch Stadium.

With rain pouring down throughout the contest, 6,419 fans watched the two teams play a rematch of last weekend's 4-3 Aztec victory.

McMillan assisted Uri Banhoffer for the first Aztec goal 12 minutes into the contest, but St. Louis countered with a goal by Al Trost and another by Mike Seerey to post a 2-1 halftime advantage.

It didn't take the Aztecs long to tie the game however, as Douglas passed to Peter Filotis, who slipped the ball past a diving Winter only two minutes into the second half.

The Aztecs, now 4-0 in North American Soccer League action and all alone on top of the Western Division, controlled the game the rest of the way.

Aztec defender Pedro Martinez was ejected with 18 minutes remaining by referee John Davies for tripping St. Louis forward Larry Hausmann, leaving Los Angeles with only 10 players for the remainder of the game.

"That picked us up," McMillan said later. "It was an even game until then. I think we were concentrating on the wet turf too much. When we lost Pedro, we just thought about winning the game."

Aztec coach Alex Perolli, who picked up goalie Bias Sanchez from Mexico's Universidad during the week to replace Kelvin Barclay who gave up three goals against the Stars last Sunday, was enthused about his team's performance.

"St. Louis played much better tonight than when we beat them in Los Angeles," he said, "but we are getting a little better each game as well. This team may be undefeated but we're not at our best yet."

The Aztecs will have a quick chance to improve further as they host Vancouver at 3 p.m. Monday in the East Los Angeles Stadium.