'Quakes beaten in tie-breaker

Tim Hunt
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Daily Review

SAN JOSE—Something just had to give.

The San Jose Earthquakes and the Miami Toros both carried perfect records in North American Soccer League tie-breakers (penalty kicks) going into last night's game in Spartan Stadium.

Unfortunately for the record crowd of 16,367 fans that crowded into the confines of Spartan Stadium, it was the Quakes who gave way as the Toros posted a 1-0 tie-breaker win.

Esteban Aranguiz scored what proved to be the deciding penalty kick goal on the fifth Miami shot but the contest was left in the hands of San Jose's Paul Child and Miami's goalkeeper Osvaldo Toriani.

Toriani, after a baffling series of jitterish movement, bluffed Child into trying to kick the ball high and into the center of the net. The Miami goal keeper, taking a quick step to his right, blocked the shot to give the Toros the victory and four points.

Child explained his strategy, commenting, "I thought the goalkeeper was going to dive. He was moving all over and didn't dive.''

The disappointing loss spoiled one of the best San Jose efforts of the season as the home squad, reacting to the enthusiasm of the full crowd, continually pressured the Miami goal in the second half. However, the poised and experienced Toro defense gave Toriani the neccessary support to maintain the shutout.

San Jose had several good scoring opportunities in the second half but each time Toriani was equal to the task. The Earthquake midfield, which did not come into play enough in the first half, was very active offensively in the second period as San Jose peppered 11 shots at the Miami goal.

The Toros, who had taken 10 shots to just three for the Earthquakes in a one-sided first half, had just three tries against Quake goalie Mike Ivanow in the second half. One of those shots, taken by Ronald Sharp, was just deflected by Ivanow and went off the cross bar with just eight minutes to go in the game.

Ivanow, in his second full NASL game as an amateur, turned in another excellent performance against a very quick Miami forward line.

He has allowed just one goal in two full games.

The highly-touted Warren Archibald, the leading goal scorer in the NASL last year, was simply not a factor in his 45 minute appearance against the Quakes.

Archibald, who has seen just limited action in the last three games after suffering an injury, was completely stifled by the fine defensive work of Davie Kemp. Kemp, starting in place of injured player-coach Gabbo Gavric commented, "Archibald plays more for the crowd than for the team. It's no problem to mark him if you do intelligent running off the ball. He acts a lot for the crowd." Kemp went on to relate how Archibald had faked a foul and laid laughing on the turf when the official blew the whistle. Several Earthquake players and officials had complaints about the referee, feeling he had let the game get far out of hand.

Each team was called for 29 fouls in the very physical game, however, only two yellow caution cards were brought into view by the official. Dieter Zajdal and Art Welch both played very well in the midfield for San Jose, particularly in the second half. Gavric noted, "The difference in our performance in the halves was that we used the midfielders more in the second half. We did not go to them enough offensively in the first half. We pressured well in the second half but their goalie made some outstanding saves."