Rowdies edge Stars in shootout for NASL crown

  • Article by: NEWS SERVICES
  • Updated: October 28, 2012 - 12:06 AM

ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. - The North American Soccer League Soccer Bowl has a new home.

The Tampa Bay Rowdies earned the 2012 NASL crown after a thrilling shootout victory Saturday night at Al Lang Stadium, beating the Minnesota Stars FC 3-1 to tie the aggregate goal series, then prevailing after Jeff Attinella made three saves during penalty kicks. The Rowdies held on through the entire extra time period despite playing a man down.

The Stars, trying to repeat as NASL champions and leading in total goals after winning 2-0 a week ago in Blaine in the first of the two-game series, knew the Rowdies would be pressing from the start, and they had a storm to weather in the first half. The pressure paid off for Tampa Bay in the 24th minute, when Carl Cort converted a rebound after Stars goalkeeper Matt VanOekel blocked Keith Savage's shot from 14 yards out for a 1-0 lead.

The Rowdies got the series-equalizing goal right away in the second half. Former Stars back Andres Arango nodded a header down, which Savage turned in at the back post to send the crowd of 6,208 into a frenzy.

Stars substitute Lucas Rodriguez hammered his first touch past Attinella at 51:51 to cut the margin to 2-1, but Rowdies leading scorer Daniel Antoniuk came off the bench to snatch an 85th-minute goal that brought the series level on aggregate.

The Stars couldn't score in the 30 minutes of extra time, even after Tampa Bay midfielder Shane Hill got a red card for a reckless challenge and put the Rowdies a man down, and Attinella was brilliant in goal in the shootout.

  • Tampa bay 3, Minnesota stars fc 1 (tampa bay wins series in shootout)
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Toronto - WP: M. Stroman 8
San Francisco - LP: T. Hudson 1 FINAL
Philadelphia - WP: C. Hamels 2
Texas - LP: C. Lewis 2 FINAL
NY Yankees - WP: B. McCarthy 4
Houston - LP: S. Feldman 1 FINAL
Oakland - WP: J. Samardzija 13
Miami - WP: H. Alvarez 3 FINAL
Atlanta - LP: C. Kimbrel 2
San Diego - WP: T. Ross 13 FINAL
Chicago Cubs - LP: E. Jackson 3
NY Mets - LP: D. Gee 1 FINAL
Milwaukee - WP: M. Garza 9
Chicago WSox - WP: H. Noesi 5 FINAL
Minnesota - LP: P. Hughes 2
Cleveland - LP: M. Rzepczynski 1 FINAL
Kansas City - WP: A. Crow 2
Detroit - WP: M. Scherzer 6 FINAL
LA Angels - LP: G. Richards 4
Baltimore - WP: W. Chen 4 FINAL
Seattle - LP: H. Iwakuma 0
Montreal 1 FINAL
Real Salt Lake 3
Calgary 26 FINAL
Edmonton 22
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Brt Columbia
Ottawa 7/26/14 6:00 PM
Hamilton
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Seattle 80
Phoenix 93 FINAL
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