Spirit falls to Wings in double OT Martinez's shootout goal gives Wichita 11-10 win

February 08, 1997|By Bob Stratton | Bob Stratton,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

WICHITA, Kan. -- Genoni Martinez scored a shootout goal midway through the second overtime period last night to lift the Wichita Wings to an 11-10 victory over the Baltimore Spirit at the Kansas Coliseum.

Martinez, who had four goals for Wichita, beat the Spirit's backup goalie, Joe Mallia, on the shot when both teams were called for penalties at the 7: 45 mark of the second overtime.

Spirit goalie Cris Vaccaro was in the penalty box after striking Wichita's Kenneth Kastrup, who was called for charging Vaccaro.

Sasa Zoric put his shootout attempt high prior to Martinez's winning goal.

"I'm not sure of the right ruling," said Wichita coach Kim Roentved of the double penalty call at the end. "But it seemed like a fair way to do it."

Said Wings goalie Chris Damico: "It seemed like a good call. I just wanted to get [Zoric's attempt] over with."

The Spirit's second straight loss made it 0-3 in overtime games. Wichita, which now is 12-2 at home, ran its winning streak to

seven games.

The Spirit trailed by two points on two occasions in the fourth quarter, only to come back and tie it on Barry Stitz's goal with 7: 13 left in regulation.

The Wings, however, capitalized on a tripping penalty on Bo Vuckovic for two points. The Spirit went to its sixth attacker with 2: 05 remaining. At 1: 31, Bobby Joe Esposito scored off a pass from Branko Segota to send the game into overtime.

Each team had its spurt in the first half, and at intermission it was 6-6.

Trailing 2-0, the Wings came up with six straight points -- two two-point goals coming on unassisted shots -- to take a 6-2 advantage early in the second quarter.

However, the Spirit came back, mostly on the play of midfielder Stitz. He twice beat the Wings downfield to the ball and laid off passes to teammates for easy goals.

The first came at 13: 24 when Stitz fed Vuckovic for a two-point goal. The second came with just seven seconds left in the half. Stitz, the Spirit's captain, stole the ball from Kim Roentved and passed across to Michael Henning to tie the game.

(NPSL standings, 10C)

NPSL All-Star schedule

NPSL Skills Challenge

What: Four individual events for shooting accuracy, distance and speed and one team event

When: Today, 4: 05 p.m.

Where: Baltimore Arena

Tickets: $8

NPSL All-Star Game

When: Tomorrow, 3: 05 p.m.

Where: Baltimore Arena

TV: HTS, tape delay Monday at 1: 30 p.m., and Wednesday at 9: 30 p.m.

Tickets: $18, $16, $13, $12

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Pub Date: 2/08/97

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