Pennsylvania Stoners 3, Nashville Diamonds 2 (05.16.82)

Pennsylvania 3-2 Nashville

May 16, 1982 — (Allentown, Pa.)

Scoring Summary
PENN — George Tiger (Roman Urbanczuk) 16′
NASH — Frank Lawson 31′
PENN — Kevin Costello (penalty) 43′
PENN — Sandje Ivanchuckov 61′
NASH — Goran Meskovic (penalty) 74′


Diamonds Dumped by Host Stoners

(Nashville Tennessean, 05.17.82)

ALLENTOWN, Pa. — The Nashville Diamonds dropped a 3-2 decision to the host Pennsylvania Stoners last night, spoiling the new American Soccer League franchise’s first road appearance of the season.

Despite the defeat, Nashville moved into sole possession of second place in the league, thanks to the bonus point rule, which awarded the team two points for last night’s scoring. The Diamonds visit the league-leading Georgia Generals this Friday night in Atlanta.

The host Stoners, opening their 1982 ASL campaign in front of a partisan crowd, got on the scoreboard first when George Tiger took a pass from teammate Roman Urbanczuk and scored in the 16th minute of the first half. It was the first goal scored on Nashville this season, as the Diamonds shut out defending league champ Carolina 2-0 this past Saturday night at Tennessee State.

Nashville tied the game in the 31st minute, when Frank Lawson netted his first goal of the year, putting in a rebound off of the Stoners’ goalie George Taratsides.

Just two minutes before the end of the first 45-minute half last night, Pennsylvania’s Kevin Costello drove home a penalty kick to give the Stoners a 2-1 lead. Midfielder Sandje Ivanchuckov tallied 16 minutes into the second half from 10 yards out to give his team some breathing room against the Diamonds.

Yugoslavia’s Goran Meskovic — at age 32 the second-oldest player on the Diamonds’ roster — scored in the 74th minute, also on a penalty kick, to provide the final margin.

Pennsylvania outshot the Nashville squad 22-10 in the contest. The Stoners fired 17 shots at the Diamonds goal in the first half, while the Nashville squad managed only three shot attempts in the second half.

Taratsides was credited with four saves in the game while Diamonds goalkeeper Fred Armstrong had seven saves.

Nashville’s next home contest is Sunday, when the Stoners visit for an afternoon contest at TSU.