The Spirit's Cris Vaccaro will draw not one but two fines for his heated protest that drew a five-minute misconduct penalty in the Harrisburg Heat game.
Vaccaro, the goalie/assistant coach, will be fined the standard $30 for the misconduct penalty by the National Professional Soccer League and an undisclosed amount by the Spirit.
After a three-point shot by Barry Stitz pulled the Spirit within 13-11 in the third quarter of Saturday night's game, Harrisburg scored twice within 18 seconds on shots that Vaccaro caught just inside the cage. The Heat went on to win, 21-15. Vaccaro complained the balls were not completely across the line .
"Barry puts us back in the game and boom, that happens," Vaccaro said. "Maybe the first was a goal, but not the second. I was very disgusted and frustrated by the turn of events. But believe me, it won't happen again."
Scoop scoops 30
Harrisburg goalie Scoop Stanisic was named NPSL Player of the Week on the strength of his 30 saves against the Spirit.
Dennis Brose has been named NPSL Player of the Month for October after leading the Dayton Dynamo to a 3-0 record with a league-high 29 points in three games. He led Dayton last season with 145 points.
Dear Mr. Paxos
Spirit vice president Drew Forrester is sending a letter to NPSL commissioner Steve Paxos urging referees to "tighten up on rough play" and pointing out that "games have become overly physical.
"There were some bad fouls, by us as well as Harrisburg, that weren't called Saturday, plus some the week before against the Chicago Power in Philadelphia," Forrester said. "I'm asking Steve to review game tapes with an eye toward determining if in his judgment games have become more physical."
ESPN coverage starts
ESPN/ESPN2 will televise at least 24 games this season, starting with the Cleveland Crunch-Milwaukee Wave game Friday on ESPN. The game was scheduled after a scheduled National Hockey League game was postponed by the lockout. The Spirit's first ESPN2 appearance will be Nov. 18 when it plays host to the Buffalo Blizzard at 8:05 p.m.
Tryouts for the Spirit Reserves will be held tonight at 6:30 at the Baltimore Arena. Candidates for the team that will play in top local amateur leagues should report to the press gate at the Hopkins Plaza side of the Arena and bring a $10 application processing fee. . . The Spirit's Tarik Walker (ankle, knee) is questionable for Friday's game here against the Canton Invaders. Jason Dieter will play despite a hairline fracture of his right wrist. . . Dayton leads the NPSL in three-pointers with eight in three games. The single-season (40 games) record is 24 by the 1992-93 Cleveland Crunch. . . The Kansas City Attack, the team picked by NPSL coaches to win the league title, is 0-2. Goran Hunjak, who led the Spirit in scoring in 1992-93 and was second last season, has one goal in the Attack's first two games.