Clippers Win 8th, Take Lead

Date Published: 
1968-08-24
Source: 
Oakland Tribune
Page: 
13,15

NEW YORK — Oakland Manager Dr. Aleksandar Obradovic isn't worried today that his front-running Clippers have two less games to play than the San Diego Toros.

"We're in the lead now (by four points) and they're going to have to catch us," the Dr. said after the Clippers completely outshot, outhustled and outran the New York Generals, 4-2, last night at Randalls Island before a small crowd of 1,554.

"We've won eight in a row now and I honestly feel that the boys have really reached their peak. Although San Diego has two more games to play than us, remember that one of those matches is against us and I feel we can beat them.

"The boys really played great under very poor field conditions. You could see that the ball was taking very strange bounces on the choppy turf and the lighting was horrible. Whenever a ball went high in the air you couldn't see it until it came down to eye level."

Despite the poor conditions, the Clippers wore out the Generals and this Obradovic credits to their good physical condition.

"We were able to outrun them and constantly beat them to the ball because of the condition of our players. Considering the fact that we played Wednesday night I was extremely proud of our effort."

Sele Milosevic, who was forced out of action after 20 minutes of the first half with a side injury which Obradovic doesn't expect to hinder him during the remainder of the season, got the Clippers out in front with eight minutes gone.

He took a cross pass from Mel Scott and headed the ball past General goalie Geoffrey Sidebottom.

Six minutes later the Generals knotted the count as Barrie Wright fired a bullet at Mirko Stojanovic.

The Yugoslavian goalie made a great save of the ball but the rebound came out to George Kirby who booted it home. Two minutes later Warren Archibald made it 2-1 in favor of the Generals after taking a 20-yard cross from Wright.

The Clippers tied the count on a 25-yarder by Dave Davidovic one minute after Archibald's goal. Ademar Saccone broke the deadlock after taking a pass from Edgar Marin with 28 minutes gone in the game and the same combination clicked eight minutes later to end the scoring.

FIRST HALF

Scoring — OAK, Milosevic (Scott) 5:00; N.Y., KIRBY (Wright) 14:00; N.Y., Archibald (Wright) 14:00; N.Y., Archibald (Wright) 16:00; OAK, Davidovic 17:00; OAK, Saccone (Marin) 23:00; OAK, Saccone (Marin) 36:00.
Shots—N.Y. 12; OAK 8
SAVES — Sidebotiom (N.Y) 2; Stoianovic 7.

SECOND HALF

Saves—Sidebottom (N.Y.) 2; Stolanovic 7.

ATTENDANCE — 1,554.

North American Soccer League
Western Conference
Pacific Division

             W  L  T BP Pts. GF GA
Oakland     17  8  5 53 170  65 35
San Diego   17  7  4 52 166  56 31
Los Angeles 10 10  8 45 129  51 43
Vancouver   11 14  4 44 122  46 56

Gulf Division

Kansas City 13 10  5 42 135  56 37
St. Louis   12 11  6 40 130  47 53
Houston     12 12  4 40 124  50 36
Dallas       2 24  4 27  51  27 104

Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division

Washington  15  9  6 55 163  62 51
Atlanta     16  6  5 43 154  45 27
New York    10  7 12 50 146  55 47
Baltimore   12 14  3 37 118  37 40
Boston       7 16  6 46 106  48 68

Lakes Division

Cleveland   12  6 11 51 156  54 40
Chicago     11  8  9 51 144  59 56
Toronto     11 12  6 42 126  44 61
Detroit      5 13  4 34  76  40 57

Friday's Results

Oakland 4, New York 2
Washington 4, Boston 1
Los Angeles 3, Dallas 0

Saturday's Games

Kansas City at Cleveland