Spirt's Vaccaro, Wright, Neely make All-Star team

February 08, 1994|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,Sun Staff Writer

The Spirit's Cris Vaccaro, Paul Wright and Doug Neely are on the American Division squad that will play in the NPSL All-Star Game Feb. 22 in St. Louis.

Vaccaro, the league's top-rated goalie, and Wright, No. 7 in the NPSL scoring race with 87 points, were named yesterday to the first team in the voting by coaches and players. Neely, the Spirit's leading defender, is on the second team.

The Spirit, the Buffalo Blizzard and the Cleveland Crunch each had the maximum three players named to the squad. The coaches are Cleveland's Gary Hindley (American) and St. Louis' Daryl Doran (National).

The selection of coaches is based on the standings at the season's midway point. St. Louis is in first place in its division and Baltimore leads the American, but Kenny Cooper is ineligible because he was an All-Star coach last year.

Boehmcke gets call

Reserve goalie Shawn Boehmcke, a rookie out of Loyola College, is scheduled for a start when the Spirit plays three games in three nights this weekend.

Vaccaro probably will start here Friday against the Buffalo Blizzard and Saturday against the Dayton Dynamo, with Boehmcke relieving him Sunday at Dayton. Brian Hartlove started last Wednesday in a 17-16 loss to the Canton Invaders.

"I regard Shawn as our No. 2 goalie," Cooper said. "He missed time with a turf toe and Brian filled in. It's important to establish a No. 2; otherwise, it's unsettling for the goalies and the team."

Cooper was displeased with Hart- love and the rest of the defense in the Canton defeat.

"Is 16 points enough to win?" he said. "It should be. But you won't win many games giving up 17 points. We didn't have the necessary defensive intensity."

The Spirit's Buffalo-Dayton-Dayton games represent its first three-in-three-nights stretch, to be followed by another Feb. 25-27. Each team has two such weekends during the season. Buffalo and Dayton also have three in three this weekend.

"A team can't think of it as three games," Cooper said. "They say fatigue makes cowards of us all. We'll feel like we've been in a triathlon. We have to be smart and concentrate on the game at hand."

Wright back from L.A.

Wright has returned from the West Coast, where he played Sunday for his other club, the Los Angeles Salsa, in a tournament against El Salvador. The 2-2 tie and a 1-0 loss the week before -- causing Wright to miss two Spirit games -- eliminated the Salsa.

Wright isn't expected to be recalled again by the Salsa the rest of the NPSL season.

In the two Spirit games before his second recall, Wright scored 11 points, including a three-goal performance Friday against the Blizzard that helped the Spirit achieve its first victory in five lifetime tries in Buffalo.

Miscellaneous

Zoran Karic, the NPSL scoring leader (167 points), missed Cleveland's game Sunday against the Harrisburg Heat with a groin injury. That put his three consecutive game records on hold: scoring a point, 55; a goal, 43; and registering an assist, 35. . .t. The St. Louis Ambush's David Doyle, the NPSL's No. 6 scorer (90 points), was named Player of the Week after his six goals and two assists in a 21-17 win over the Milwaukee Wave. . . . The Spirit and WMAR-TV are discussing the possibility of televising at least six games live next season. This season's home finale, April 1 against Harrisburg, might be televised by WMAR and shown the next day. . . . ESPN2 will televise Friday's game. The first 3,000 fans will receive Spirit team posters. There will be an autograph session after Saturday's Dayton game when the players will sign the posters.

NPSL ALL-STARS

@AMERICAN DIVISION First team: G Cris Vaccaro, Spirit; D George Fernandez, Cleveland; D Denzil Antonio, Canton; F Zoran Karic, Cleveland; F Hector Marinaro, Cleveland; F Paul Wright, Spirit.

Second team: G Jamie Swanner, Buffalo; D Doug Neely, Spirit; D Ralph Black, Buffalo; D Richard Chinapoo, Harrisburg; F Rudy Pikuzinski, Buffalo; F Franklin McIntosh, Harrisburg; F Gino DiFlorio, Canton; F Tony Bono, Dayton.

Coach: Gary Hindley, Cleveland.

NATIONAL DIVISION First team: G Bryan Finnerty, Detroit; D Kim Roentved, Wichita; D Kevin Hundelt, St. Louis; F Pato Margetic, Chicago; F Andy Chapman, Detroit; F David Doyle, St. Louis.

Second team: G Victor Nogueira, Milwaukee; D Daryl Doran, St. Louis; D Sean Bowers, Detroit; D Terry Woodberry, Wichita; F Kevin Koetters, Kansas City; F Michael Richardson, Chicago; F Dale Ervine, Wichita; F Michael King, Milwaukee.

Coach: Daryl Doran, St. Louis.

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