Parry says his ankle is on the mend

November 09, 1994|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,Sun Staff Writer

Jon Parry may be back in the Spirit's lineup sooner than expected.

After he sprained his ankle Friday night against the Canton Invaders, doctors told Parry that if he could walk on it early this week, he probably would be out only two weeks, otherwise as many as six. He's walking on it.

"It's better," said Parry, whose streak of consecutive National Professional Soccer League games ended at 103 when he sat out Saturday night. "I'll miss this weekend's games, but I'm shooting for the following weekend."

Despite missing Saturday's victory over the Cleveland Crunch, Parry is the Spirit's No. 2 scorer with 21 points, behind Kevin Sloan, and is tied for No. 5 in the league; Sloan is third in the league with 28 points.

Tarik Walker, bothered by knee and ankle injuries, is expected back for road games against the Chicago Power and Canton Friday and Saturday, respectively, but goalie Cris Vaccaro is questionable with a strained hamstring.

Parry, Vaccaro and Walker aren't the only top players who have suffered early-season injuries. The Buffalo Blizzard's Rudy Pikuzinski, Cleveland's Hector Marinaro, the Kansas City Attack's Kevin Koetters and the Wichita Wings' Chad Ashton also have missed games.

Two coaches quit

Less than three weeks into the season, two coaches have resigned. In Chicago, Brett Hall cited "personal problems" as the reason he missed several games, and was replaced on an interim basis by former NPSL player Boro Sucevic.

In Buffalo, first-year coach Pete Skouras quit yesterday after three games and was replaced by general manager Jim May.

"This came as a big surprise," May said. "Peter and I had a long conversation, and he said he had some involved personal reasons that were distracting him from devoting his best efforts to the organization."

Tschantret ejected

The Harrisburg Heat's Lee Tschantret can't seem to clean up his act. Tschantret, who led the NPSL in penalty minutes (71) last season and was third in fouls (113), became the first player this season to be ejected from a game.

Tschantret was ejected from the Heat's 18-10 win over Wichita Saturday for spitting on a Wings player. An ejection carries an automatic suspension for Harrisburg's next game, Friday against Cleveland.


Cleveland's Zoran Karic was named NPSL Player of the Week after totaling 18 points in a come-from-behind win over the Milwaukee Wave and a one-point loss to the Spirit. Karic is second in NPSL scoring with 37 points, including a league-leading 12 assists. . . . ESPN2 will carry the Detroit Rockers-Buffalo game Friday at 8 p.m. . . . Kansas City's Brian Hayes scored his 500th career point Saturday. . . . Despite the closer, 45-foot three-point arc, three goalies have points-against averages below 10 -- Milwaukee's Victor Nogueira, the St. Louis Ambush's Jamie Swanner and Kansas City's Warren Westcoat. Three-point goals are up, with 31 in 24 games, but overall per-game scoring, at 27.17, is down from last season's NPSL-record 29.00.

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