Spirit rolls unlucky 7 in 15-9 loss to Wings Stuck on 7, visitors see Wichita score 11 in row

November 29, 1997|By Bob Stratton | Bob Stratton,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

WICHITA, Kan. -- Seven proved to be an unlucky number for the Spirit last night.

The Spirit scored seven points by the middle of the second quarter against the Wichita Wings, then failed to score again until the final seven minutes of the game.

With pesky defense and solid goalkeeping, the Wings edged the Spirit, 15-9, before 3,927 at the Kansas Coliseum.

The 2-7 Spirit is 0-5 in road games and will travel to Harrisburg tonight hoping to avoid a third straight loss overall.

Ahead 7-2, the Spirit fell into a lull. Meanwhile, the Wings scored 11 straight points, taking a 13-7 advantage.

Trailing 7-6 at the half, the Wings got a quick two-point goal from Jason Dunn. The score just 26 seconds into the third quarter gave Wichita an 8-7 lead it never relinquished.

When Dunn again blasted a shot into the net with 11: 09 remaining, the Wings had a 13-7 advantage.

The victory is Wichita's second straight and improves the Wings to 3-6. They are 6-1 all-time against the Spirit in Wichita.

A three-pointer off the foot of Ronnie Simmons gave the Spirit an opening lead. Simmons blasted the ball off a pass from the corner by Shane Dougherty at 7: 41. Not only did it give the Spirit a 3-0 lead but extended Dougherty's point-scoring streak to eight consecutive games.

The Spirit had several more chances to score in the first quarter, but couldn't get the ball past Wings goalkeeper Chris Damico, who made five saves on six shots.

The Spirit's lead increased to five points on Lance Johnson's two-point goal early in the second quarter. Then the Wings got going offensively, scoring three goals to the Spirit's one to cut the deficit to 7-6 by halftime.

LeBaron Hollimon got his fourth goal when teammates Dunn and Sterling Wescott pressured Spirit keeper Khalil Azmi to give up a turnover. That goal was matched by a blast by Bo Vuckovic that bounced off Spirit teammate Chris Scotti into the net.

NOTES: The Spirit filled its last roster spot and brought its defensive corps to a full complement by signing Wendell Regis. The 27-year-old native of Trinidad played for Harrisburg last season, was captain of the Howard University team in 1993 and competed for Trinidad-Tobago in the 1996 Olympics.

Spirit 3 4 0 2 -- 9

Wichita 0 6 3 6 -- 15

Pub Date: 11/29/97

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