By The Associated Press
New York had to win to stay in contention in the Atlantic Division of the North American Soccer league and Warren Archibald saw to it that the Generals did.
The tiny 5-foot-7 Archibald blasted three goals and assisted on another as the Generals whipped first-place Atlanta 4-1 Friday night.
The Generals in third place with 139 points, and only five games remaining to play, are 11 points behind Atlanta, which has six games left. Washington is second with 145 points and five games remaining.
Archibald gave New York a 1-1 halftime tie with his first score after 36 minutes and put the Generals ahead to stay after 34 minutes of the second session. He added an assist four minutes later and wrapped up the scoring with two minutes to play.
In other games, St. Louis nipped Dallas 1-0 and Cleveland romped over Detroit 4-1.
St Louis' Casey Frankiewicz scored the game's only goal after 69 minutes to edge the Stars to within seven points of Gulf division leader Kansas City.
Amancio Cid's goal late in the first half put Cleveland ahead to stay and spoiled Detroit's debut for new coach Andre Nage. Cleveland increased its Lakes division lead to 13 points over Chicago.