Sloan is in step for charge at records

ON SOCCER

March 01, 1995

DOUG BROWN — Kevin Sloan suddenly is bearing down on two Spirit records that for most of this season appeared unreachable.

Among the formidable numbers Paul Wright hung up last season were 62 goals and 146 points. Those team records seemed safe, until last weekend.

Sloan then got hot, scoring three straight hat tricks, including a team-record six goals in Sunday's win over the Cleveland Crunch. He finished the Spirit's grueling three-games-in-three-nights stretch with 12 goals and 22 points, earning the National Professional Soccer League's Player of the Week award. The Spirit won two of the games.

Now, with seven regular-season games remaining, the former Oakland Mills High star is within three of Wright's goals record and within 10 of his points mark. With 59 goals and 136 points -- putting him No. 5 and No. 7, respectively, in the NPSL -- Sloan, at 29, is having a career season. In his previous three NPSL $H seasons, he totaled 88 goals and 205 points.

Another Spirit record, Goran Hunjak's for assists (46) in a season, fell when Franklin McIntosh got his 47th, in only 20 games, Sunday.

Brisson breaks leg

Former Spirit Clark Brisson, now with the Dayton Dynamo, broke his leg in two places in Sunday's win over the Kansas City Attack and will miss the rest of the season. Brisson, who scored 73 points last season for the Spirit, was sent to Dayton in the trade that brought Sloan here. He is the Dynamo's No. 2 scorer with 63 points.

Heat crowds rising

The Harrisburg Heat has played before three straight standing-room-only crowds of 7,962, 7,572 and 7,879 . The Heat's average attendance of 5,796, No. 5 in the NPSL, represents a 22 percent increase over last season.

Successful weekend

Two victories in the second and last of the Spirit's three-games-in-three-nights weekends satisfied coach Dave MacWilliams. The Spirit also won twice in its previous three-in-three.

"I have to be happy with a 4-2 record in those six games," MacWilliams said. "Our first weekend was against three of the better teams in the league -- Milwaukee, Harrisburg and Kansas City. Last weekend, we faced a tough Buffalo team in a building where we hadn't won this season and then played the defending champ [Cleveland Crunch] twice in 24 hours. The players showed heart and character."

Miscellaneous

Ex-Spirit Michael King, now with the Milwaukee Wave, leads the NPSL in three-pointers with 11, one shy of the league record set by Cleveland's Hector Marinaro in 1992-93. . . . A review of the Kansas City-St. Louis game on Feb. 15 showed that the Attack's Wes Wade registered an eighth assist, tying the NPSL record. . . . The Spirit's Jon Parry is one away from tying the league record of nine game-winning goals in a season, shared by Art Kramer and Kia, both with the Canton Invaders in 1986-87. . . . Cris Vaccaro got his 250th regular-season win Sunday against Cleveland. . . . Mike Stankovic (sprained ankle) is doubtful for the Spirit's road game Saturday against Kansas City and Tim Wittman (back strain) is questionable.

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