Scorps host Darts today

Don Pickard
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Syracuse Herald

3 p.m. at Griffin Field

Defense will be the key when the Syracuse Scorpions take on the Washington Darts this afternoon at Griffin Field.

The Darts have show the best defense in the American Soccer League thus far in the young season, shutting out three straight foes in as many games, while the Scorpion defense is going to have to stop a scoring attack which has exploded for totals of three and four goals in two if its games.

A interesting encounter on the Liverpool turf in this afternoon's 3 p.m. contest should be that between the two goal-tenders.

In the nets for Washington is player-coach Lincoln Phillips, who has been at that post for all three games this year, running up a string of 270 scoreless minutes against the opposition.

Phillips was the league's all-star selection last year.

On the other hand, the Scorpions were literally forced into using Claude Campos in goal in its two previous games, but nobody's complaining about the turn of events.

Campos was pressed into action in the MacArthur Stadium opener against New York when the scheduled starter, Bill Harper, suffered severe rib injuries. In the opener, Campos allowed but one goal as the Scorpions outlegged a strong Inter club.

Last week, in the rain at Rochester, he was victimized for four tallies, but reports are that a dry field would have been a different story.

If the Scorpion defense can hold up like it did in the opener — and the kickers can set one or two past Phillips — things could be looking up for the locals once again.