Spirit's new goal is Blast from the past: a sellout Full house for final game would be team's first

March 12, 1997|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,SUN STAFF

Hoping to flush old Blast fans out of retirement, the Spirit is working toward a sellout in its final regular-season home game March 28 against the Toronto Shooting Stars.

After staging the NPSL All-Star Game here last month, the Spirit established a sellout in the finale as a second-half goal, the better to create momentum going into the playoffs.

The Blast used to sell out regularly, but the Spirit never has in its five years. With extensive advertising and the group sales force focusing on the only remaining home game, the Spirit says it can put a capacity 11,300 in the seats. About 5,000 tickets have been sold.

"We're appealing to anyone who experienced the excitement of a Blast sellout," general manager Drew Forrester said.

The only giveaway that night will be a team photo, but some prices are reduced -- group tickets (20 or more) from $13 and $11 to $8. Coupons costing $10 that can be exchanged for $14 tickets will be available at sponsors' locations to be announced.

Hailed again

During a week in which the Cleveland Crunch's Zoran Karic and the St. Louis Ambush's Mark Moser each collected 18 points in two games and the Cincinnati Silverbacks' Franklin McIntosh scored 10 in one game, Harrisburg Heat goalie Scoop Stanisic is Player of the Week for the second straight time.

Stanisic, who shared last week's award with the Detroit Rockers' Tim Ernst, stopped 15 of 18 shots against the Tampa Bay Terror last Friday, the day after his 34th birthday, and 11 of 13 Saturday against the Edmonton Drillers. Harrisburg won both.

Karic, meantime, became the first player in NPSL history to score a double cycle -- two three-point goals, two two-pointers, one one-pointer and five assists in a win over St. Louis.

Quotes of the week

Kansas City Attack player-coach Jim Schwab on playing a team twice in two nights: "We start hating guys on the other team by the fourth quarter, then we have to see them the next night."

Crunch defender Tim Tyma on Kansas City's Lee Tschantret breaking his NPSL record for career penalty minutes: "I'm honored that a fine gentleman like Lee broke the record and, no, before you even ask, I don't intend to do anything to get it back."

Miscellaneous

The Spirit is idle until a March 21 date at Detroit. Regular-season league attendance soared to 1,405,886, breaking the 13-year-old NPSL's record of 1,378,408 in 1993-94. Wichita goalie Chris Damico is en route to making the largest improvement in won-lost percentage (.478) in league history, from .158 (3-16) last season with the Canton Invaders to his current .636 (21-12), with seven games left.

Pub Date: 3/12/97

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