Dallas Tornado Falls to Aztecs

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Del Rio News-Herald

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The soccer team that takes the most shots on goals usually wins. That came true in the Los Angeles Aztecs' game with the Dallas Tornados.

Los Angeles pelted Dallas goalie Ken Cooper with 26 shots and permitted only 12 shots by the visitors in racking up a 3-2 North American Soccer League victory Sunday.

Los Angeles overcame a 2-0 first-half lead by Dallas and remained undefeated in NASL competition before 5,768 fans.

"I wasn't playing defense because I wanted to," said a glum Dallas Coach Ron Newman. "Los Angeles was keeping the pressure on us the entire second half."

The Aztecs won the game by edging the Tornados 7-6 on overtime penalty kicks. Dallas
had a chance to win but Kyle Rote Jr.'s penalty shot was saved by Los Angeles goalie Kelvin Barclay.

Rote was the 15th player with a one-on-one opportunity against the goalie.

Aztec defender Ricardo De Rienzo then slammed the ball past Cooper for the victory. It was Los Angeles' second consecutive NASL triumph. The Aztecs beat Seattle last Sunday.

The Aztecs now share the Western Division lead with San Jose, both teams with 14 points.

Dallas scored only four minutes in the game when Albert Jackson took a pass from Rote and beat Barclay. Rote, the winner of the rich Superstars competition, then scored in the final minute of the first half on a 10-yard head shot.

Renato Costa scored the first Los Angeles goal in the 58th minute after taking a pass from Luis Marotte. The tying goal game on a 25 yard shot by Tony Douglas with only nine minutes left in the game.

The teams tied 4-4 after five penalty kicks each in the overtime series prior to the sudden death kicks.