DALLAS, June 29 (UPI) -- Jason Kreis capped off an evening of intense offensive pressure by Dallas Saturday night with a golden goal in the 98th minute to give the Burn a 1-0 victory over the Columbus Crew.
The second half belonged to the Burn, who applied even and consistent pressure on the Columbus defense for the entire period. The Burn attack mustered several shots on goalkeeper Tom Presthus, but none could find their way into the back of the net.
Kreis had a good chance in the 60th minute, snapping a close range header on net from inside the six-yard box. Presthus was in perfect position to cover the shot, however, and easily made the stop.
The relentless Dallas attack pressed on in the 61st, when the Crew got help from the woodwork to keep the game scoreless. Antonio Martinez sent in a precision corner kick, dropping the ball in the middle of the chaos in front of the net. As Crew and Burn players tangled in the box, Kreis snuck up to blast a shot off the underside of the crossbar.
The game moved on to overtime, where the Burn continued to press for the game-winning goal. Jorge Rodriguez started the scoring run in the 98th minute, blasting a long ball from deep within his own territory. Second-half substitute Ronald Cerritos attempt to get underneath the ball in the Crew box, but was thwarted by an onrushing Presthus.
Kreis slid into the loose rebound, poking the ball into the back of the empty net for the golden goal. The tally was Kreis' 11th of the 2002 campaign, moving him into a tie with New England's Taylor Twellman for the scoring lead.
Dallas moved upward in the Western Conference, overtaking the Colorado Rapids for second place.