Baltimore Comets Nip Dallas Tornado

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Del Rio News-Herald

DALLAS (AP) — The Baltimore Comets came to Texas Stadium needing a win for a wild card berth in the North American Soccer League playoffs and got it—beating the Dallas Tornado 2-1 on a rain-soaked field before about 3,000 fans Saturday night.

The Tornado, who already had clenched their division title, needed a maximum points win to get a bye into the second of the playoffs. Their one goal gave them a total of 100 points for the season.

Dallas had an opportunity to open scoring in the 12th minute, but Kyle Rote's header was queered off the goal line by a Baltimore defender.

Baltimore scored first in the 41st minute off a corner kick by Alvin Henderson. Kenny Cooper came out for the ball but Peter Sylvester got to it first and headed it to teammate Frank Lodge, who in turn headed it into an empty net.

The Tornado made a frantic effort to equalize the last six minutes, but Baltimore managed to fend them off.

The Comets increased their season point total to 105, getting 8 points for their victory.

Baltimore will play Boston in the first round of the playoffs next week, and Dallas will play San Jose or Seattle next Wednesday at Texas Stadium.