Back-to-back wins mark dynamo Spirit weekend

January 04, 1993|By Gary Weaver | Gary Weaver,Contributing Writer

DAYTON, Ohio -- The Baltimore Spirit, on the strength of Rusty Troy's hat trick, defeated the Dayton Dynamo, 14-8, last night before 2,660 at the Ervin J. Nutter Center.

The Spirit victory came less than 24 hours after a come-from-behind 18-13 victory over the Dynamo at the Baltimore Arena.

Although the victory improved the Spirit's National Professional Soccer League-leading record to 11-2, there was some bad news for the club.

With 6:27 gone in the first period, Spirit goalkeeper Cris Vaccaro, a 13-year indoor soccer veteran, suffered a severely sprained right hand while making a goal-saving stop of a shot by Dennis Brose.

The shot was a rocket that sailed wide right, and Vaccaro didn't have much time to position for a better angle in which to block it.

Brian Hartlove replaced Vaccaro and played well in goal, holding Dayton below its average of 12.4 points.

Vaccaro is listed as day-to-day, and watched the remainder of the game from the bench.

"He's just having a great season for us," Spirit coach Kenny Cooper said. "We didn't want to take a chance leaving him in there. Brian Hartlove came in and did a terrific job for us."

Troy, who was born in Dayton, scored the game's first goal, a header with 12 seconds left in the first quarter, off a long pass from Goran Hunjak, giving the Spirit a 2-0 lead.

Dayton tied the score at 2 with a goal by Vincent Beck with 11:03 left in the half, but Hunjak, who had five points on the night (one goal, three assists) answered with a goal at the 9:41 mark. Unlike Saturday night, in which Baltimore trailed big, the Spirit never again was tied or trailed.

"It's been a big weekend," Cooper said. "We played hard last night and with us winning the game at home, it may have given us a bit of a psychological lift."

In the third period, Baltimore began to wear down Dayton. Troy scored his second goal early in the period, Joe Koziol scored the first of his two goals at the 8:56 mark, and Emil Dragicevic scored his only goal of the game with 5:58 remaining in the third, giving the Spirit 10-2 lead.

But Dayton came back. With 3:52 left in the third, Beck scored his second goal of the game, a beautiful three-pointer to pull the Dynamo to 10-5, and less than a minute later, Brose scored a one-point shootout goal, pulling Dayton to 10-6.

Dayton got within 10-8 on Tony Bono's two-pointer, but just when it seemed Baltimore was in trouble, Troy scored his third goal of the game, this one off a penalty kick with 7:24 left in the game. It was a toe shot from the top of the arc, putting the Spirit back up by four, 12-8, and killing the Dynamo comeback.

"We executed real well," Cooper said. "And in the third quarter, we lost some discipline and got a little bit rugged. In the fourth quarter, we got back to doing what we do best and that's play smarter.

"The unity tonight was good balance, good shape and working hard for each other. This weekend was a win for the team."

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