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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,Sun Staff Writer | November 4, 1994
This will be a night to remember for Spirit reserve goalie Joe Mallia.Mallia will celebrate his 25th birthday by making his first Spirit start before a Baltimore Arena crowd including his parents, Doris and Vincent, who are driving from Syosset, N.Y., for the occasion.And what are the Mallias giving their son? "A punch in the nose," Vincent said, laughing, adding that in truth they're giving him money for clothes and dinner in Little Italy after the Spirit's game with the Canton Invaders.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler and Timothy B. Wheeler,SUN STAFF | November 29, 2004
Whenever Tia Arnold wants a night on the town - to grab a bite to eat, say, or catch a film - she just has to step out her front door and stroll across the parking lot to The Mall in Columbia. The spacious brick townhouse she shares with her parents is just one house back from the busy two-lane "ring road" around the shopping center. "It's great because I can walk to the movies really quick," says Arnold, 33, who spends much of her week on the road training cosmetics salespeople. Time was, only in cities and towns could people live within walking distance of shops, restaurants and nightlife.
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By Doug Brown | April 4, 1997
Joe Mallia will become the first goalie other than Cris Vaccaro to start a National Professional Soccer League playoff game for the Spirit when the club entertains the Philadelphia Kixx in the first round at 7: 35 p.m. tomorrow at Baltimore Arena.Vaccaro, who has been in goal for 740 of the Spirit's 787 playoff minutes, all against the Harrisburg Heat, the past four seasons, is recovering from a pulled hamstring and is questionable for the best-of-three series."Joe is playing well and has more playoff experience than Jimmy," player-coach Mike Stankovic said, referring to rookie Jim McCombs.
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December 29, 2003
On December 26, 2003, CAROLYN COPE MAHAN; beloved wife of Thomas A. Mahan; devoted mother of Ann Mahan Heisey, and her husband Rick, Michelle Mahan Haak, and her husband Gerry; sister of Stanton Cope, the late Robert and Richard Cope; dear grandmother of Amy Haak and Joseph M. Mallia, Timothy J., Michelle S., and Thomas W. Haak, Kristin E. and Eric R. Heisey, Katherine A. and Melissa A. Haak; great-grandmother of Kaitlyn M. Mallia. Friends make call family owned RUCK TOWSON FUNERAL HOME, INC., 1050 York Road, (beltway exit 26A)
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By David Schwabe and David Schwabe,Special to The Sun | February 3, 1995
MILWAUKEE -- The Spirit didn't have to look very hard for motivation last night.Baltimore wanted to get off to a good start on a tough three-day stretch and spoil the night for the red-hot host Milwaukee Wave, which was looking to win a club-record ninth consecutive game.The Spirit accomplished both goals in a 16-6 win over the Wave before 4,117 at the Bradley Center.Joe Mallia, starting in place of Cris Vaccaro, was sensational in goal, stopping 19 shots to win his 10th game. Barry Stitz had three goals and one assist to lead Baltimore.
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By DOUG BROWN | November 23, 1994
The Spirit hardly missed a beat while No. 1 goalie Cris Vaccaro was recovering from a pulled hamstring.After a six-game absence, Vaccaro is probable for road games Friday against the Cleveland Crunch and Saturday against the Harrisburg Heat. Joe Mallia compiled a 5-1 record while Vaccaro was out."It's a long season, and we don't want to push on these injuries," coach Dave MacWilliams said. "In the past, Cris sometimes played when he was 70 percent. That's why we got an experienced goalie like Joe, to give Cris time to heal."
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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,SUN STAFF | April 13, 1997
The question about Spirit goalie Joe Mallia no longer begs to be answered.The answer is obvious. As long as Mallia is playing as well as he has, as long as the Spirit keeps winning, yes, of course he will start.For the fourth straight game in the National Professional Soccer League playoffs, it'll be Mallia in goal when the Spirit meets the Cleveland Crunch in Game 2 of the American Conference semifinals tonight at Baltimore Arena.A victory would eliminate defending champion Cleveland and send the Spirit into the conference final against the Cincinnati Silverbacks-Harrisburg Heat winner.
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By Glenn P. Graham and Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF | December 15, 1996
Spirit backup goalkeeper Joe Mallia was looking to make the most of his 100th career start last night.That it was against his former team, the Harrisburg Heat, added a little more incentive for the six-year veteran.Mission accomplished.Mallia won the keeper battle with Heat veteran Scoop Stanisic and his teammates provided just enough offense to lead the Spirit to a 12-8 win over Harrisburg at Baltimore Arena.Mallia finished with 15 saves in his first start since losing to the Heat in Harrisburg on Nov. 9 and improved to 2-2 on the season.
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By Mike Haim and Mike Haim,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 26, 1996
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Spirit exorcised the ghosts of past disasters at Memorial Auditorium in its final regular-season game at the site yesterday.With its 12-10 win over the Blizzard, the Spirit moved ahead of Buffalo into second in the NPSL's American Division. The win was its second in nine games there.Spirit coach Mike Stankovic, victorious in six of seven games since he took over, said, "It's very difficult to beat them here. They know how to play here so well."Riding a 20-save performance by Joe Mallia, the Spirit swept a three-games-in-three-days series for the first time in club history.
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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | September 26, 1997
Joe Mallia has no intention of stepping outside Baltimore, but the Spirit had to go all the way to Morocco to find his replacement.After Mallia decided to remain at Loyola College as a full-time assistant women's soccer coach and at least temporarily suspend his playing career, the Spirit signed Khalil Azmi, 33, of Morocco to a one-year contract.Azmi was the starting goalie for Morocco in the 1994 World Cup and has appeared in 73 international games. He played for the Charleston (S.C.) Battery last summer and the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer in 1996.
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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | September 26, 1997
Joe Mallia has no intention of stepping outside Baltimore, but the Spirit had to go all the way to Morocco to find his replacement.After Mallia decided to remain at Loyola College as a full-time assistant women's soccer coach and at least temporarily suspend his playing career, the Spirit signed Khalil Azmi, 33, of Morocco to a one-year contract.Azmi was the starting goalie for Morocco in the 1994 World Cup and has appeared in 73 international games. He played for the Charleston (S.C.) Battery last summer and the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer in 1996.
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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,SUN STAFF | April 13, 1997
The question about Spirit goalie Joe Mallia no longer begs to be answered.The answer is obvious. As long as Mallia is playing as well as he has, as long as the Spirit keeps winning, yes, of course he will start.For the fourth straight game in the National Professional Soccer League playoffs, it'll be Mallia in goal when the Spirit meets the Cleveland Crunch in Game 2 of the American Conference semifinals tonight at Baltimore Arena.A victory would eliminate defending champion Cleveland and send the Spirit into the conference final against the Cincinnati Silverbacks-Harrisburg Heat winner.
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By Doug Brown | April 4, 1997
Joe Mallia will become the first goalie other than Cris Vaccaro to start a National Professional Soccer League playoff game for the Spirit when the club entertains the Philadelphia Kixx in the first round at 7: 35 p.m. tomorrow at Baltimore Arena.Vaccaro, who has been in goal for 740 of the Spirit's 787 playoff minutes, all against the Harrisburg Heat, the past four seasons, is recovering from a pulled hamstring and is questionable for the best-of-three series."Joe is playing well and has more playoff experience than Jimmy," player-coach Mike Stankovic said, referring to rookie Jim McCombs.
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By Dan Hickling and Dan Hickling,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 3, 1997
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- It would have been tempting for the Spirit to take yesterday afternoon off, against the feeble Toronto Shooting Stars.At 5-28, the Stars have the worst record in the league, with 11 of their losses reaching double-digit margins.But any danger of a letdown disappeared Saturday when Baltimore dropped its crucial showdown with Harrisburg for the East Division lead.Any question of a letdown vanished in the first 26 seconds, wiped away by the right foot of Bo Vukovic. He lofted in a shot from beyond the yellow line to begin a Spirit scoring spree that ended in a 24-6 rout, before 2,857 spectators at the Rochester War Memorial.
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By Glenn P. Graham and Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF | January 12, 1997
The Spirit appeared to have everything under control against the Buffalo Blizzard after a successful third quarter provided an eight-point lead.What the home team forgot was there was another quarter remaining.The Blizzard scored 10 unanswered points -- the final two on a goal by Randy Pikuzinski with 40 seconds remaining -- to come away with an improbable 14-12 road win in front of a stunned crowd of 5,350 fans at Baltimore Arena last night.After a 4-4 tie at the half, the second half was divided into two swings of momentum.
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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,SUN STAFF | January 4, 1997
Maybe it's just as well the Spirit and the Harrisburg Heat are about to have a lull in their rivalry. They wear each other out.After tonight's meeting in Harrisburg, the teams won't play again until March 1, here, and then on March 22 in Harrisburg for the final time during the National Professional Soccer League's regular season.In a continuation of their battle for second place behind the Philadelphia Kixx in the East Division, the Spirit defeated the Heat, 22-18, last night before a season-high 7,217 at Baltimore Arena.
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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,SUN STAFF | December 8, 1995
Don't bother to ask coach Dave MacWilliams who is the Spirit's No. 1 goalie. There isn't one. At least, not at the moment.Joe Mallia? Cris Vaccaro? They're sharing the job.In tonight's game against the Milwaukee Wave at the Baltimore Arena, Mallia will start. In tomorrow night's against the Cincinnati Silverbacks, also at the Arena, it'll be Vaccaro."Both are playing well, so they'll rotate every other game as long as they're successful," MacWilliams said. "This will keep both fresh. To sit either one down would be an injustice to the other.
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December 29, 2003
On December 26, 2003, CAROLYN COPE MAHAN; beloved wife of Thomas A. Mahan; devoted mother of Ann Mahan Heisey, and her husband Rick, Michelle Mahan Haak, and her husband Gerry; sister of Stanton Cope, the late Robert and Richard Cope; dear grandmother of Amy Haak and Joseph M. Mallia, Timothy J., Michelle S., and Thomas W. Haak, Kristin E. and Eric R. Heisey, Katherine A. and Melissa A. Haak; great-grandmother of Kaitlyn M. Mallia. Friends make call family owned RUCK TOWSON FUNERAL HOME, INC., 1050 York Road, (beltway exit 26A)
SPORTS
By Glenn P. Graham and Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF | December 15, 1996
Spirit backup goalkeeper Joe Mallia was looking to make the most of his 100th career start last night.That it was against his former team, the Harrisburg Heat, added a little more incentive for the six-year veteran.Mission accomplished.Mallia won the keeper battle with Heat veteran Scoop Stanisic and his teammates provided just enough offense to lead the Spirit to a 12-8 win over Harrisburg at Baltimore Arena.Mallia finished with 15 saves in his first start since losing to the Heat in Harrisburg on Nov. 9 and improved to 2-2 on the season.
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By Keith Schildroth and Keith Schildroth,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 26, 1996
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Ambush, playing without three starters, stole a 9-8 win over the Spirit last night at Kiel Center.The Spirit (1-1) trailed by the eventual final score after three quarters and went to player-coach Mike Stankovic with 2: 59 left in the game as a sixth attacker replacing goalie Joe Mallia, but the Spirit didn't even test Ambush goalie Jamie Swanner."
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