Harbor makes big impression at Blast scrimmage SOCCER

November 20, 1991|By Bill Free

Before Jean Harbor ever stepped onto the floor with the Baltimore Blast, teammate Billy Ronson said: "My God. He's like the Jolly Green Giant. The rest of us are going to look like ants trying to climb on him. I've never seen a player in this league that big. And he seems so sure of himself but he's not arrogant. He's always smiling and seems to enjoy life."

Nothing Harbor, 6 feet 2, 195 pounds, did yesterday at Myers Pavilion in his first scrimmage with the Blast changed Ronson's mind or disappointed anybody connected with the team.

Harbor had been on the floor with Baltimore only a few minutes yesterday when he got the ball in front of the goal and proved he could score indoors as well as outdoors.

Harbor, a renowned outdoors player from the Maryland Bays, drew Steve Powers out with a little fake and then slid the ball softly past him for the goal.

"I thought Jean was going to blast the ball on me," said Powers, who has played with Harbor for two seasons on the Bays. "I never expected him to deke me like that and take an easy shot."

Powers has been working out with the Blast a few days a week DTC and will be activated if No. 1 goalkeeper Cris Vaccaro should get hurt.

After scoring the early goal, Harbor made perfect passes to teammates Doug Miller and Emil Dragicevic for goals. Harbor, in his first workout since signing Saturday with the Blast, seemed bent on proving he could pass the ball as well as score.

The only negative aspect of the practice for Harbor was that he twice came up limping on his left foot because of an apparent shoe problem and wound up leaving the scrimmage 10 minutes early.

Also, Harbor said he was winded by the constant flow of the indoor game.

"I'm dying," said Harbor, breathing heavily.

But he went back on the floor after receiving ice treatment on his foot and nearly made it through the scrimmage.

Blast coach Kenny Cooper patted Harbor on the back as he left the floor a little early and said: "Don't worry about it. Everything went fine. Way to go."

NOTES: Harbor has been able to add an extra day (tomorrow) to his practice schedule this week before going to Cleveland on Friday evening to play in Saturday's 1:05 p.m. game against the Crunch. Harbor will not be able to join the team full time until the end of the month but will not miss any games. Harbor has given his employers in Rockville 2 weeks' notice before taking a leave of absence. . . . Waad Hirmez, who was released by the Blast Saturday, said yesterday that he had talked to Storm coach Don Popovic about the possibility of signing with St. Louis. "I think the chances are good with St. Louis," said Hirmez. "It's nice to know there are 2 teams [San Diego first expressed interest] that want me."

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