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By Doug Brown | March 7, 1997
Bo Vuckovic, the Spirit's leading scorer who would have become a free agent at the end of the season, has signed a two-year contract.Vuckovic, 26, acquired from the Tampa Bay Terror in November, four games into the season, is No. 8 in the NPSL in points (127) and was chosen for his first All-Star Game.He has six hat tricks, nine two-goal games and has scored at least one point in 32 of 35 games."It was always our plan to sign Bo before the end of the season," general manager Drew Forrester said.
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | April 2, 1999
The Blast's hopes for the playoffs disintegrated Wednesday night when Montreal finished its home season with a 12-8 win over the Cleveland Crunch.A natural reaction of fans might be that the Crunch (25-14) had little to play for and took things easy, resting its wounded, etc. No way.After belting the Blast, 22-12, in Baltimore last Sunday, Cleveland coach Bruce Miller said: "I wish we weren't playing Montreal, to tell you the truth. While a lot is riding on the game for the Impact [in its battle for the last playoff spot with the Blast]
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By Doug Brown | May 14, 1997
Bo Vuckovic was named to the All-National Professional Soccer League third team, the lone Spirit player voted to any of the three teams.Vuckovic, who finished No. 9 in the NPSL with 150 points (61 goals, 33 assists), led the Spirit in every offensive category and had seven hat tricks and 10 two-goal games.Cleveland Crunch forward Hector Marinaro was named MVP for the fourth time in five years, followed in the voting by Milwaukee Wave goalie Victor Nogueira and Cleveland forward Zoran Karic.
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By Charles Gardner and Charles Gardner,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 9, 1998
MILWAUKEE -- The Bradley Center was probably the last place the Spirit wanted to be yesterday, facing the powerful Milwaukee Wave one day after being eliminated from playoff contention.The NPSL's Central Division leader had spotted Baltimore a 10-point halftime lead only to rally for a 14-12 win two games earlier, but the Wave was far less hospitable yesterday, crushing the Spirit, 22-10, before 7,162 at the Bradley Center.In a game indicative of its score, the Wave (24-10) erupted for nine unanswered points in the second quarter to take control and sent the Spirit (10-26)
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | January 9, 1998
The Spirit, which in two-thirds of its 18 games has been unable to average double figures in scoring, gets a huge boost this weekend with the return of Bo Vuckovic for games against Edmonton (tonight) and Cleveland (tomorrow) at Baltimore Arena.Despite missing the past six games, five of which were defeats, Vuckovic, who suffered a badly sprained ankle in practice a month ago, still holds the team scoring lead by a comfortable margin (56-38). He was, in fact, second in NPSL scoring when he went down after the first 12 games.
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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,SUN STAFF | November 7, 1996
Bojan "Bo" Vuckovic knows what the Spirit expects from him and he has every intention of delivering."They're bringing me to Baltimore to score goals," he said, "and that's what I do best."The Spirit is searching for offense. On defense, the team is third in the 15-team National Professional Soccer League with a stingy 10.3 yield, but third from last in scoring with 9.8.Yesterday, the Spirit purchased Vuckovic, 26, a midfielder, from the Tampa Bay Terror for the most the Spirit has paid for a player in its five years here, general manager Drew Forrester said.
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By Phil Jackman and Phil Jackman,SUN STAFF | November 23, 1997
Maybe the Spirit should forget practicing and prepare for games by taking lengthy bus rides the night before.Beaten in Buffalo Friday night, the team rode the New York Thruway and I-95 until 7 a.m. yesterday before taking on the Blizzard last night at the Baltimore Arena.The home team, paced by Sasa Zoric's hat trick, a solid all-around performance by defender Lance Johnson and an eight-point game by Bo Vuckovic looked refreshed throughout as it smacked the visitors, 20-11.While the Spirit was watching "Caddyshack" on the bus, Buffalo flew south, but had a layover in Albany, N.Y., and didn't arrive in Baltimore until an hour before its hosts.
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By Phil Jackman and Phil Jackman,SUN STAFF | November 2, 1997
Bo Vuckovic had another big game for the Spirit last night, scoring a hat trick. But his offense constituted nearly all the points the team could muster, as it was beaten by the St. Louis Ambush, 14-8, at the Baltimore Arena.The loss dropped the Spirit to 0-2 and ended its streak of having won five straight home openers.As good as Vuckovic was, however, Mark Moser was even better for the unbeaten visitors (3-0).The St. Louis native had a hat trick plus one, his fourth two-pointer breaking an 8-8 tie 5 minutes, 22 seconds into the closing period.
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | January 17, 1998
Too bad the Spirit can't pack up the Baltimore Arena and take it on the road.Still saddled with the worst record in the NPSL (5-16) after its 12-6 victory over the Harrisburg Heat last night, the club continues to put on its best showings at home, all of its wins having been registered here.Bo Vuckovic and Mirko Castillo were the big guns for the Spirit last night, Vuckovic recording his fifth hat trick of the season and Castillo contributing a pair of two-pointers.Just as important was the work of Khalil Azmi in goal.
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By Bob Summers and Bob Summers,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 10, 1997
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Spirit coach Mike Stankovic -- who says the decision to pull the goalkeeper late in a losing game is "like going to Las Vegas or Atlantic City" -- hit the jackpot yesterday.The tactic worked perfectly as the Spirit rallied for a 14-12 overtime win over the Buffalo Blizzard in a NPSL game.The Spirit's Ronnie Simmons tied the game with a three-point goal with 41 seconds left in regulation. Then Bo Vuckovic, who entered the game tied for No. 8 in the NPSL scoring race, nailed the winner at 1: 24 of overtime.
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | February 14, 1998
Frustration for the Harrisburg Heat last night was trying to get the ball past Khalil Azmi and into the Spirit net.The former World Cup goaltender from Morocco gave a fairly good imitation of an octopus as he made 20 saves on 22 shots sent his way, many of them spectacular, as the Spirit prevailed, 7-4.It was the Spirit's fourth straight win at home (fifth of six) and boosted its record to 6-5 in the new year. The Heat came in playing well, having won four of its previous six games.The only two goals Azmi allowed were on well-executed plays by the visitors on which he had virtually no chance.
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By Bill Kielbach and Bill Kielbach,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 9, 1998
DETROIT -- The wait is over.After suffering through 14 straight road losses, the Spirit finally broke through yesterday. Baltimore showed Detroit just how much it has improved over the past few weeks by taking a 22-12 victory over the host Rockers before a crowd of 5,061 at Joe Louis Arena.The Spirit (8-20), who are 3-3 since the beginning of the new year, were paced by a big performance from Bojan Vuckovic. The Baltimore midfielder totaled a team-record 13 points on six scores.Vuckovic's outing was much needed after the Spirit totaled a franchise-low one point in its last game, a loss at Edmonton on Feb. 1."
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | January 31, 1998
Maybe Bo Vuckovic was upset because he wasn't named to the American Conference squad for the NPSL All-Star Game in a couple of weeks. In any case, he played with a vengeance last night, his seven goals leading the Spirit to a 21-16 triumph over the Cleveland Crunch.While boosting its home record to 7-6 and halting a Crunch win streak at three games, the Spirit put the game away with a unanswered 14-point burst over a 20-minute stretch in the second and third periods.Vuckovic's seven goals and 12 points were team records.
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | January 17, 1998
Too bad the Spirit can't pack up the Baltimore Arena and take it on the road.Still saddled with the worst record in the NPSL (5-16) after its 12-6 victory over the Harrisburg Heat last night, the club continues to put on its best showings at home, all of its wins having been registered here.Bo Vuckovic and Mirko Castillo were the big guns for the Spirit last night, Vuckovic recording his fifth hat trick of the season and Castillo contributing a pair of two-pointers.Just as important was the work of Khalil Azmi in goal.
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | January 9, 1998
The Spirit, which in two-thirds of its 18 games has been unable to average double figures in scoring, gets a huge boost this weekend with the return of Bo Vuckovic for games against Edmonton (tonight) and Cleveland (tomorrow) at Baltimore Arena.Despite missing the past six games, five of which were defeats, Vuckovic, who suffered a badly sprained ankle in practice a month ago, still holds the team scoring lead by a comfortable margin (56-38). He was, in fact, second in NPSL scoring when he went down after the first 12 games.
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | December 26, 1997
With 11 losses in its first 14 outings, the problems of the Spirit are well-documented. A lack of offensive production and a defense that occasionally breaks down has led to the struggle, particularly on the road where it is 0-7.Coach Mike Stankovic knows how to travel the road to improvement."
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By Phil Jackman and Phil Jackman,SUN STAFF | November 16, 1997
Seemingly out of it after seeing a three-point lead dissolve into a three-point deficit with less than three minutes remaining last night, the Spirit staged a memorable stretch run to beat the Cincinnati Silverbacks, 17-14, and escape the ranks of the winless at Baltimore Arena.Taking the cue from a spectacular five-goal performance by Bo Vuckovic and Shane Dougherty's first career hat trick, the Spirit was all over Cincinnati in the final 30 minutes after trailing 6-3 at halftime."Our record of 0-and-4 looked much worse than it was considering how unlucky we've been," Vuckovic said.
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | January 31, 1998
Maybe Bo Vuckovic was upset because he wasn't named to the American Conference squad for the NPSL All-Star Game in a couple of weeks. In any case, he played with a vengeance last night, his seven goals leading the Spirit to a 21-16 triumph over the Cleveland Crunch.While boosting its home record to 7-6 and halting a Crunch win streak at three games, the Spirit put the game away with a unanswered 14-point burst over a 20-minute stretch in the second and third periods.Vuckovic's seven goals and 12 points were team records.
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December 20, 1997
Opponent: Philadelphia Kixx.Site: CoreStates Spectrum, Philadelphia.Time: 7: 35Radio: WCBM (680 AM))Outlook: The Kixx, after a strong start (6-1), dropped three straight games while being beset by injuries. Philadelphia subdued equally beat-up Cleveland last Saturday but lost to Cincinnati, 12-6, last night. Bo Vuckovic (sprained ankle) isn't expected back for the Spirit, which is winless in six starts on the road.Pub Date: 12/20/97
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By Phil Jackman and Phil Jackman,SUN STAFF | December 14, 1997
The Spirit, playing without its top scorer Bo Vuckovic, sidelined with an ankle sprain, went on a scoring binge and beat the Cincinnati Silverbacks, 21-17, at the Baltimore Arena last night.It was the team's third victory -- all at home -- in 13 games, and the second time over Cincinnati.The Spirit got off quick on two goals by Renator Sampaio to go ahead 9-2, only to go into one of its patented droughts.Outscored 9-0 over a 14-minute stretch, the Spirit fell behind twice before scoring 10 points in the fourth quarter.
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