Vacarro repeats as Player of Week

December 03, 1991|By Sandra McKee | Sandra McKee,Evening Sun Staff

After learning he was named the Major Soccer League's Defensive Player of the Week for the second straight week, Blast goalkeeper Cris Vaccaro proved to be as adept at deflecting praise as he is shots on goal.

"I'm only as good as the people in front of me," Vaccaro said yesterday. "We're playing more as a unit all the time, as we become more familiar with one another. Awards like this are nice, but they are only a reflection of how we're playing as a whole. If we keep winning, they'll keep coming. I wouldn't mind going for three weeks straight."

This week, Vaccaro went 2-0 with a total of 26 saves in back-to-back 7-5 victories over Wichita and St. Louis. A week ago he earned the honor with a victory over Cleveland, notching a second-half shutout on the way to a 6-3 victory and leading the team in scoring with a goal and an assist -- the first time in MSL history a goalkeeper had ever led a team in scoring.

On the offensive side, St. Louis midfielder Branko Segota is the star of the week, with six goals, three assists in two games, including the game-winner in a 9-8 overtime win against Cleveland.

"I'm feeling more comfortable in the net," said Vaccaro, 5-4 with a 4.42 goals-against average. "You have to remember we have 11 new guys on this team. Not only have I had to learn their tendencies, they've had to learn mine and each other's. Right now, we're playing with a lot of confidence and we're playing a lot more intelligently."

* In MSL Player of the Month voting, Wichita's Dale Ervine won on offense and San Diego goalkeeper Victor Nogueira was named on defense.

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