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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,SUN STAFF | December 22, 1995
The state of Maryland had a pretty good day in the National Professional Soccer League's annual draft yesterday. So did the Spirit.Of the 75 players chosen in five rounds, seven have a Maryland connection, including Todd Hicks of Towson State and Bill Heiser of Loyola, both Bowie residents who were drafted by the Spirit.The Cincinnati Silverbacks picked Maryland's Doug Smith, Loyola's Marc Harrison and Rutgers' Hamisi Amani-Dove, a Wilde Lake High grad. The Tampa Bay Terror took Towson FTC State's Erik Washington and the Canton Invaders chose Maryland's Tod Herskovitz.
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By Phil Jackman and Phil Jackman,SUN STAFF | January 8, 1999
Danny Kelly, recently named by his peers to the Jan. 20 NPSL All-Star Game in Wichita, has a good excuse for not making the American Conference squad last year: "I didn't play indoors. I broke my foot at the end of the outdoor season."So, not only was the scrappy midfielder a new face when the Blast opened training camp three months ago, he had to re-acclimate himself to the pinball action of the indoor game. He wasn't the only one working to become comfortable in new surroundings."We had eight holdovers from last year and a bunch of guys coming from several different places when we started," he recalls.
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September 18, 1990
Even the best high school soccer team in the area can't play up to expectations when four starters are missing.Oakland Mills found that out yesterday. With three senior starters -- Ryan Burke, Dan Bickell and Mike Fitzgibbon -- sidelined for disciplinary reasons and ace midfielder Mal Gilliam out with injury, the Scorpions couldn't match goals with Bowie's Bulldogs and the No. 1-ranked team fell, 2-0.Todd Hicks and Seth Brannon scored for the winners, who allowed Oakland Mills just nine shots.
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By Phil Jackman and Phil Jackman,SUN STAFF | November 13, 1998
The standings read two games played, two games lost. The Blast is the only team in the NPSL that hasn't registered a victory to date and next up is another of the league's top teams, the St. Louis Ambush, tonight (7: 35) at the Baltimore Arena.Winning is the bottom line, of course, but at the same time so is development."There were a couple of things to like about our game in Milwaukee [a 12-8 loss]," said coach Kevin Healey. "For one thing, we came back, not once but twice."We trailed 8-2 after three periods and got the next two goals.
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October 7, 1998
The Blast, readying for its home opener against Harrisburg ZTC Oct. 24, will engage the Heat in a preseason game at the Du Burns Arena at 11 a.m. tomorrow. The public is invited.After a week of practice, the team roster lists eight players off last season's Baltimore Spirit squad, 10 new players under contract and nine non-contract tryouts.The preseason roster:Forwards (7) -- Shane Dougherty, Dan Kelly, Bill Ronson, Brad Smith, Tarik Walker, Pato, Troy Snyder.Midfield (4) -- Barry Stitz, Doug Neely, Danny Santoro, Denison Cabral.
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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,SUN STAFF | October 12, 1996
Forward Nesko Milovanovic and midfielder Sasa Zoric, a pair of 21-year-old Croatians who have been in this country barely two weeks, signed two-year contracts with the Spirit. Milovanovic, a forward, led the Spirit with three goals in Monday's 15-12 exhibition win over the Philadelphia Kixx."We've been looking for some young, fresh faces who can become part of our foundation for years to come," general manager Drew Forrester said. "With the signing of Todd Hicks [Towson State] and now Sasa and Nesko, we've added three quality players."
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By From Staff Reports | October 25, 1993
Senior goalkeeper Rich Pellegrini (John Carroll) posted his fourth shutout and 19th of his career as Towson State (6-8-1) beat Virginia Military Institute (3-11-2), 2-0, yesterday in Lexington, Va.The Tigers took a 1-0 lead 11 minutes into the game when freshman Jamie Tuckey scored off a pass from Erik Washington.The Tigers added another goal midway through the second half when junior Pat Coyle scored his team-high eighth goal. Sophomore Todd Hicks (Bowie) earned his 10th assist on the play -- tying the Towson single-season record set by Ricky Bush in 1991.
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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,SUN STAFF | September 14, 1996
The Spirit will begin training camp for its fifth National Professional Soccer League season with a new wrinkle.From a list of more than 100 applicants, the Spirit invited 32 to audition for coaches Mike Stankovic and Cris Vaccaro and general manager Drew Forrester in a three-day, closed-to-the-public tryout starting Monday at the Baltimore Arena.Twelve of the 32 will be kept for further evaluation during the next phase of camp from Thursday until the Oct. 19 opener here against the Tampa Bay Terror.
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By Phil Jackman and Phil Jackman,SUN STAFF | January 8, 1999
Danny Kelly, recently named by his peers to the Jan. 20 NPSL All-Star Game in Wichita, has a good excuse for not making the American Conference squad last year: "I didn't play indoors. I broke my foot at the end of the outdoor season."So, not only was the scrappy midfielder a new face when the Blast opened training camp three months ago, he had to re-acclimate himself to the pinball action of the indoor game. He wasn't the only one working to become comfortable in new surroundings."We had eight holdovers from last year and a bunch of guys coming from several different places when we started," he recalls.
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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,SUN STAFF | October 20, 1996
Former Spirit coach Kenny Cooper was talking before the game about his "great memories" of 15 years in Baltimore and how "special it is" to return to the Baltimore Arena."
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October 7, 1998
The Blast, readying for its home opener against Harrisburg ZTC Oct. 24, will engage the Heat in a preseason game at the Du Burns Arena at 11 a.m. tomorrow. The public is invited.After a week of practice, the team roster lists eight players off last season's Baltimore Spirit squad, 10 new players under contract and nine non-contract tryouts.The preseason roster:Forwards (7) -- Shane Dougherty, Dan Kelly, Bill Ronson, Brad Smith, Tarik Walker, Pato, Troy Snyder.Midfield (4) -- Barry Stitz, Doug Neely, Danny Santoro, Denison Cabral.
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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,SUN STAFF | July 4, 1997
The Spirit players are scattered all over this off-season, some playing outdoor soccer, some conducting camps, some doing both.The busiest, perhaps, is Jim McCombs, the Spirit's rookie goalie last season.Not only does McCombs have a 2-1 record with the Baltimore Bays, but he is also director of the Spirit's All-Pro Soccer Academy, which operates 15 camps for 750 boys and girls ranging in age from 6 to 16 over a 10-week period.Camps that still have openings are at Archbishop Spalding High, July 14-18; Dundalk Community College, July 21-25; Mountain Road, July 21-25; Worthington Valley, July 28-Aug.
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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,SUN STAFF | April 14, 1997
The Spirit's National Professional Soccer League playoff series against the Cleveland Crunch has taken a 180-degree turn.The Crunch defeated the Spirit, 21-9, last night before 3,907 at Baltimore Arena to tie the American Conference semifinal series at 1, setting up the deciding game tonight in Cleveland. The winner will meet the Harrisburg Heat for the conference championship, a best-of-five series starting later this week, dates to be determined. Harrisburg eliminated the Cincinnati Silverbacks in the semis.
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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,SUN STAFF | April 6, 1997
Philadelphia Kixx coach Dave MacWilliams expected a defensive battle against the Spirit.He got it, although the score didn't necessarily reflect it."In the playoffs in particular, the team that makes the fewest mistakes, and plays disciplined, will come out on top," MacWilliams said. "Teams step it up in the playoffs. It's tougher to score."Sure enough, the Spirit had a mere 4-3 halftime lead and went on to defeat Philadelphia, 15-8, in a tense National Professional Soccer League playoff opener last night before 3,419 at Baltimore Arena.
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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,SUN STAFF | October 20, 1996
Former Spirit coach Kenny Cooper was talking before the game about his "great memories" of 15 years in Baltimore and how "special it is" to return to the Baltimore Arena."
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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,SUN STAFF | October 18, 1996
The Spirit's offense all but disappeared during the off-season.When it became apparent that five of the top seven scorers last season would not be returning, not to mention a leading defender, Spirit coach Mike Stankovic and general manager Drew Forrester knew they faced a major rebuilding job.So everyone will need a scorecard when the Spirit opens its fifth National Professional Soccer League season tomorrow night at 7: 35 at the Baltimore Arena against against...
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By Phil Jackman and Phil Jackman,SUN STAFF | November 13, 1998
The standings read two games played, two games lost. The Blast is the only team in the NPSL that hasn't registered a victory to date and next up is another of the league's top teams, the St. Louis Ambush, tonight (7: 35) at the Baltimore Arena.Winning is the bottom line, of course, but at the same time so is development."There were a couple of things to like about our game in Milwaukee [a 12-8 loss]," said coach Kevin Healey. "For one thing, we came back, not once but twice."We trailed 8-2 after three periods and got the next two goals.
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By From Staff Reports | September 3, 1995
Kevin Jensen scored with 7:58 left in the second half to give Wisconsin-Green Bay a 1-0 victory over the Loyola men's team yesterday in the first round of the Loyola/Lotto Classic at Curley Field.The loss ended a 35-game home unbeaten streak for the Greyhounds (0-1). Loyola had been 33-0-2 at Curley Field since losing to William and Mary, 2-1, Nov. 2, 1991.Jensen headed in a crossing pass from Michael Fedoruk to lift Wisconsin-Green Bay (1-0), which was outshot by Loyola, 11-6. Freshman goalie Jon Lowery had six saves for Wisconsin-Green Bay, and Loyola's Joe Schaefer made two.Loyola will face the University of San Francisco in a second-round game tomorrow at 2 p.m.* Maryland 3, Seton Hall 2: Tod Herskovitz scored the winner unassisted at 58:05 to lift the Terps in the opening round of the UConn Classic in Storrs, Conn.
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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,SUN STAFF | October 12, 1996
Forward Nesko Milovanovic and midfielder Sasa Zoric, a pair of 21-year-old Croatians who have been in this country barely two weeks, signed two-year contracts with the Spirit. Milovanovic, a forward, led the Spirit with three goals in Monday's 15-12 exhibition win over the Philadelphia Kixx."We've been looking for some young, fresh faces who can become part of our foundation for years to come," general manager Drew Forrester said. "With the signing of Todd Hicks [Towson State] and now Sasa and Nesko, we've added three quality players."
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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,SUN STAFF | September 14, 1996
The Spirit will begin training camp for its fifth National Professional Soccer League season with a new wrinkle.From a list of more than 100 applicants, the Spirit invited 32 to audition for coaches Mike Stankovic and Cris Vaccaro and general manager Drew Forrester in a three-day, closed-to-the-public tryout starting Monday at the Baltimore Arena.Twelve of the 32 will be kept for further evaluation during the next phase of camp from Thursday until the Oct. 19 opener here against the Tampa Bay Terror.
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