4 are hobbled, not out after win Troy, Stitz, Hunjak, Wittman hurting Spirit notebook

November 09, 1993|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,Staff Writer

One by one, the injured Spirit players hobbled into Du Burns Arena yesterday.

Among the souvenirs from Saturday night's victory over the Canton Invaders: Rusty Troy has a pulled thigh muscle; Barry Stitz, an injured ankle; Goran Hunjak, a sprained ankle; and Tim Wittman, injured ankle and right knee.

"I got the left ankle in the first quarter," said Wittman, who scored three goals. "In the fourth quarter, I tried to deflect [Paul Wright's] shot into the goal and it caught the end of my foot, twisting my knee and ankle."

Hunjak, who had a club-record five assists, said it "doesn't look good for Harrisburg." But trainer Marty McGinty lists all of them as probable for Friday's road game against the Heat.

Hartlove or Boehmcke?

Coach Kenny Cooper is considering elevating Shawn Boehmcke, a rookie out of Loyola College, from No. 3 to No. 2 goalie in place of Brian Hartlove.

Hartlove, subbing for Cris Vaccaro in the fourth quarter, gave up 11 points in seven minutes as Canton rallied from 21-6 to 21-17. Cooper quickly installed Vaccaro, who allowed one point in the final 3 1/2 minutes and scored two goals himself on court-length heaves into an open Canton net.

"When the third three-pointer ripped by I told myself I had to keep my composure," Hartlove said. "With that three-point shot, no lead is safe.

"It reminded me of my pro debut last season against Harrisburg. I went in for one second for Cris and gave up a two-point penalty shot by Franklin McIntosh. One second of playing time, two points."

Cooper initially took Vaccaro out because he thought the game was well in hand and to give Hartlove game action.

"We were shaky while Brian was in there," Cooper said. "Once Cris went back in, we were back to normal. We've got to give Shawn a chance to be No. 2."

Wigs for Wright fans

Wright, the Spirit's top scorer, shaves his head, prompting Wittman to suggest that fans bring "bald wigs" to games and put them on after Wright scores.

"He's the fastest player in the league and you know he's going to score a lot," Wittman said, noting that Wright has 11 points in two games. "The bald wigs would be a great thing to do to stir up interest."

Nogueira saluted

Milwaukee Wave goalie Victor Nogueira was named National Professional Soccer League Player of the Week after totaling 25 saves in victories over Canton and the Wichita Wings.

He edged out, among others, Vaccaro. In two games, Vaccaro has tied the league record for most goals in one season (three) by a goalie. He set a second league record with two goals against Canton in one game. It was the first time Vaccaro had scored a pair in a game in his 14-year pro career.


In only 27 NPSL games, Wright has scored 115 points, an average of 4.26. . . . WAMD (970 AM), a Harford County station, has been added to the Spirit's radio network and will carry all games except those on Dec. 4, 12, 18, 26 and 29, Jan. 2 and 15 and Feb. 2. WWLG (1360 AM) is airing all games. The Spirit's Jason Dieter will be a guest on host Nestor Aparicio's WWLG talk show on Thursday from 7 to 8 p.m. . . . Harrisburg's McIntosh, who was holding out, rejoined the team and was scoreless in seven shots in a 16-5 loss to the Chicago Power. . . . The Cleveland Crunch's Hector Marinaro, the defending NPSL scoring champion, is the early leader with 18 points. . . . Teammate Zoran Karic has tied the league record for most consecutive games (16) with at least one assist, starting with 14 at the end of last season.

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