San Diego’s Steve Zungul, who can be a magician with a soccer ball, says he used no tricks when he booted in the game-clinching goal as the West took an 11-7 victory over the East in Sunday’s sixth annual Major Indoor Soccer League All-Star Game.
The goal, with four minutes remaining, came after Baltimore’s Stan Stamenkovic had pulled the East within 8-7 on his third goal of the second half.
“I got out ahead of everybody and knew what I was going to do,” Zungul said. “I just didn’t give him (East goalie Scott Manning) a chance to react. I didn’t fake or anything. I just took the shot, and I think that surprised him.”
Zungul, the MISL’s leading career scorer, had three goals in Sunday’s game, including two in the final four minutes. He and San Diego teammate Branko Segota each scored goals in the last minute.
“Whatever we did, we did perfect,” Zungul said.
Stamenkovic, who also had two assists, was named the game’s most valuable player for the third straight year despite the East loss.
“In these games, everybody plays for the fans,” he said. “There were 18 goals, so everybody is happy.”
The victory was the fifth in the six games for the West, which got two goals each from Erik Rasmussen of Wichita, Tatu of Dallas and Julie Veee of Las Vegas.