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Wednesday, August 30, 2000
Mutiny 4, Crew 3
Diallo gets hat trick for Mutiny
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Ticker) -- Mamadou Diallo recorded his second hat trick to move within one goal of the single-season MLS record as the Tampa Bay Mutiny edged the Columbus Crew, 4-3.
Crew midfielder Miles Joseph opened the scoring in the 14th minute, heading home a perfectly placed corner kick by Robert Warzycha. As the ball curled to the six-yard box, Joseph stepped up and nodded his first goal of the year past goalkeeper Scott Garlick.
A desperation foul in the box set up a Mutiny penalty kick in the 19th minute. As midfielder Carlos Valderrama generated a scoring chance in front of the goal mouth with a well-timed heel pass, Crew forward Dante Washington grabbed Manny Lagos for the foul. Diallo converted the spot kick to even the score.
Warzycha and Joseph connected again in the 35th minute to regain the lead before halftime. Taking a pass from Mike Duhaney, Warzycha launched a cross from the left side that penetrated the Mutiny defense and found Joseph on the far side of the box. Joseph hammered home his second goal, giving Warzycha his 11th assist.
The Crew padded their lead in the 52nd minute. Duhaney saved the ball from crossing the Mutiny end line, sending it back to a charging Washington. Washington played a tricky heel pass to midfielder John Wilmar Perez, who slotted the ball home from six yards.
Diallo recorded his second goal of the night less than a minute later. Valderrama fed Diallo with a long ball from the flank and the league's leading scorer launched a rocket from the right side that hit the inside of the far goalpost, beating 'keeper Mark Dougherty from 15 yards.
The Mutiny equalized in the 57th minute as Kevin Anderson stripped a defender on the edge of the box. With a quick turn, he rifled a shot that knotted it at 3-3.
Diallo completed his hat trick in the 81st minute, sliding in front of the goal mouth to finish off his 26th goal of the sason. Midfielder Eric Quill created the chance from deep in the left corner, sending a low ball in front of the net. Diallo outpaced his defender and slid, tipping the ball past Dougherty.
His next goal will tie the mark established by in 1996 Roy Lassiter.