Jolley's goal leads Metros over Columbus, 3:2
July 6, 2002 (Official Game Summary)

2:3
Columbus MetroStars
McBride
Cunningham
Faria
Paule
Jolley
07.06.02 · League

The MetroStars defeated the Crew, 3-2, in an exciting game at Columbus Crew Stadium. The MetroStars lost Clint Mathis (sprained right knee) and captain Tab Ramos (strained left hamstring) in the first half to injuries. Team doctors will examine Ramos on Monday, while Mathis will be examined by U.S. National Team doctors in Los Angeles while in the area on an appearance the next few days. The team will release news of the examinations, when available.

Rodrigo Faria opened the scoring on a warm and comfortable day in Columbus when he headed home a corner kick by Andy Williams in the fifth minute. The 2001 MLS Rookie of the Year planted the header past goalkeeper Tom Presthus into the right corner of the goal. Faria notched his sixth goal of the season on the play, while Williams notched his fifth assist in seven league games with the MetroStars.

The Crew battled back to tie behind U.S. National Team star striker Brian McBride in the 29th minute. Brian West found enough room in the box to fire a hard right-footed shot at goalkeeper Tim Howard, but the save and ensuing rebound found McBride all alone for the easy goal.

In the second half, the MetroStars took the lead briefly in the 59th minute when defender Daniel Torres grabbed the jersey of Williams during a solo run as he charged into the box. Williams fell to the ground with referee Jair Marrufo immediately pointing to the penalty spot. Midfielder Ross Paule, who would score his first goal as a MetroStar and first overall since May 26, 2001 as a previous member of the Colorado Rapids, knocked home the penalty fooling Presthus with a goal to the right corner.

Columbus, playing in front of a noisy home crowd of 19,756, immediately tied the game in their next trip down the field with McBride passing ahead to Jeff Cunningham, who fought off several white jerseys to get a shot off and score against Howard.

The MetroStars would nail the winner four minutes later when a Brad Davis free kick from 35-yards bounced off a group of leaping players and Presthus to an open Steve Jolley. The surprised MetroStars defender knocked home the goal for his first since June 24, 2000 in a 3-1 win at Colorado.

Lineup: Howard, Chronopoulos, Petke, Jolley, Ziadie, Moore, Paule, Williams, Ramos, Mathis, Faria. Subs: Davis, Lisi, Addo.

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