Dailly's solo act heads weekend of wild finishes

January 02, 1996|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,SUN STAFF

It was a weekend of pulsating finishes, one after another. But none was more dramatic than the one engineered almost single-handedly by the Wichita Wings' Paul Dailly against the Detroit Rockers.

Dailly scored the game's final seven points, including a two-pointer that brought Wichita within 14-11 with 1:40 left in regulation, a three-pointer with 44 seconds remaining that forced overtime and the game-winner 2:35 into the second overtime for the 16-14 victory.

There were more, to wit:

* Rudy Pikuzinski took a long pass from his brother Randy and scored with 29 seconds left in overtime for a 22-20 Buffalo Blizzard win over the Canton Invaders. Twenty-four hours before, in a victory over the Cleveland Crunch, it took Rudy only 30 seconds to score after his return from a two-week suspension for "conduct detrimental to the team," which is to say, giving coach Jim May too much lip.

* Harrisburg squeezed past the Cincinnati Silverbacks, 20-18, on David Bascome's goal with 69 seconds remaining, giving the Heat two wins in Cincinnati by a total of three points in one week.

* Lance Johnson's header with 16 seconds left capped a comeback in which the Spirit scored seven points in the final two minutes to nip the Tampa Bay Terror, 24-23.

The upshot: In 10 games in three days, six were decided by three points or fewer. Conclusion: Indoor soccer abounds with exciting moments.

Soccer on ESPN2

The Jan. 19 Spirit-at-Buffalo game will be televised by ESPN2 on a tape-delayed basis Jan. 22 at 2 p.m., the NPSL's third in a series of four. The others: Jan. 8, Cleveland at Cincinnati; Jan. 15, St. Louis at Kansas City; Jan. 29, St. Louis at Cleveland, all at 2 p.m.

"You have to start somewhere, and this sets the stage," said NPSL commissioner Steve Paxos, alluding to larger TV packages. "It's credibility and exposure for the league and the sport itself."

Spirit general manager Drew Forrester says there's a possibility that a Baltimore station, probably WMAR-TV, will carry six or eight games next season.

This season, WMAR is carrying "The Baltimore Soccer Show," 30 minutes of youth soccer news, interviews and videos and Spirit highlights. The next one is Sunday at 2 p.m.

"The show has been a big hit with the soccer community," Forrester said, noting it has five sponsors and a 1.6 rating, indicating that it is being watched in 15,000 homes. "These are good numbers considering it's been head-to-head with the NFL. The Broadcasting Institute of Maryland and Producer's Video is making the show happen for us by doing the tapes and editing them with the students."

Miscellaneous

With Severna Park High grad Warren Westcoat out with a broken arm, Kansas City made a shrewd move by signing free-agent goalie Brett Phillips, who is 6-0 with a 6.95 points-against average. The Attack has won nine straight and has outscored its past four opponents by 67-15. . . . Wichita completed a grueling stretch of seven games in five cities in 11 days with a 4-3 record, including a 2-1 showing in three games in three days last weekend. . . . Three players might appear in more than the regularly scheduled 40 games. Cincinnati's Steve Provan and Chicago's Neil Gilbert might play in 43 and Chicago's Tony Bono in 42. They were dealt to clubs that had played fewer games than they had at the time of the trades.

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