Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Ambush's No. 2 Goalie Earns First Crack against Rockers

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Ambush's No. 2 Goalie Earns First Crack against Rockers

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The license plate on Bill Cowie's 1992 green Volkswagen Jetta sums up his philosophy nicely: NO-GOAL.

Just in case anyone might misinterpret that to mean he has no ambition in life, he gets more specific with a pair of miniature goalie gloves that hang from his rear-view mirror.

Cowie, a soccer goalie with the passion of a tent preacher, is on a crusade to save goals.

He's done a pretty good job of it in his last two outings for the Ambush. He limited the Milwaukee Wave to just 18 points last week as the Ambush won twice at home to advance to the second round of the National Professional Soccer League playoffs.

"I'm grateful that when they called on me, I was able to help the team," said Cowie, 30, a former Vianney and Webster University netminder. "As big as these goals are (in the NPSL), you can't win or lose a game singlehandedly. All your team can ask is that you play solid."

Player-coach Daryl Doran thought Cowie played solidly enough to merit another start in the second round of the playoffs. Doran said he'll probably start Cowie tonight when the Ambush opens a best-of-three semifinal series at Detroit against the Rockers.

Doran said Jeff Robben, who started in goal in 29 of the Ambush's 40 regular-season matches, will get the call in Game 2 Friday night at The Arena. Game 3, if necessary, will be Saturday night at The Arena.

Robben yielded 29 points in the series opener in Milwaukee, which the Wave won 29-20. Doran said he wasn't down on his No. 1 keeper.

"I still have confidence in Robbs," Doran said. "It's just that Billy really played well. And in the playoffs, you go with the hot one."

Even with Cowie's exemplary netminding, the Ambush almost didn't survive the first round. Trailing 10-9 in the decisive Game 3 Saturday night, Doran's team was down to its last 42 seconds when Ted Eck struck the winning goal.

The Ambush had eeked out a 12-8 victory over the Wave on Friday night to even the best-of-three series 1-1.

"My family was praying the rosary all weekend," a relieved Doran said. …

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