October 1, 1995 |
Talk to most of the Splash players on the team last season, and they will say that the playoff atmosphere accompanying tonight's game against Dallas is coming a year too late. They will say the Splash and the Sidekicks--with the Continental Indoor Soccer League's two best records--should have played for the CISL title a year ago. Instead, the Splash lost to a red-hot Las Vegas team, and so did the Sidekicks.
September 4, 1994 |
Twenty victories. There is something about the number that is important to Splash Coach George Fernandez. The Splash beat the Arizona Sandsharks, 10-6, Saturday before 8,336 at The Pond and closed out the regular season with record of 20-8. Only the Dallas Sidekicks (23-4) have as many victories in the Continental Indoor Soccer League. "It (20 victories) puts us above and beyond everybody else," Fernandez said.
April 25, 1992 |
Rudy Pikuzinski scored three goals, and Zorn Karic had two, including the game-winner in overtime, to help the Cleveland Crunch defeat the Dallas Sidekicks, 8-7, Friday night in the Major Soccer League semifinals. The Crunch, which avoided elimination from the playoffs, trails 3-2 in the best-of-seven series. The last four games of the series have been decided in overtime, with each team winning twice, setting an MSL record for most overtime games in a playoff series.
December 10, 1989 |
The Sockers, resembling more of a traveling infirmary than an indoor soccer team, lost another game and another player Saturday night at Reunion Arena in Dallas. The Sidekicks (8-5) won, 4-1, and Socker defender George Fernandez, who set a record of 92 consecutive games played Dec. 2 against Wichita, went down in the second quarter with a concussion when he was struck in the head with the ball on a shot from Bruno Ferretti.
April 6, 1986
Coach Peter Wall of the Lazers was assessed fines totaling $10,500 and suspended for four games by the Major Indoor Soccer League Saturday for incidents in a game last Monday night at St. Louis. Wall was fined $5,000 for striking a game official with a thrown object, another $5,000 for conduct detrimental to the league for instructing his players not to challenge St. Louis player attacks, and another $500 for communicating with his players after being ejected from the game.
June 22, 1989 |
Sockers Kevin Crow, the Major Indoor Soccer League defender of the year, and Victor Nogueira, the goalie of the year, were selected to the All-MISL team, the league announced Wednesday. Crow, a five-year member of the Sockers, finished the regular season with career highs in goals (21), assists (15) and blocks (114). Nogueira stepped into a sometimes full-time, usually overtime job when Zoltan Toth, the other starter, was sidelined midway through the season after foot surgery for bunions.
September 2, 1995
Bucking the trend of athletic teams and events leaving the Southland, The Pond of Anaheim management announced Friday an agreement to keep the John R. Wooden Classic college basketball event here through 1999. Ogden Entertainment, which manages The Pond, signed a three-year extension with tournament promoter Atherton Communications. "The Pond is one of the finest facilities in the country and a perfect venue to showcase the best teams in college basketball," Kent Atherton said in a release.
October 5, 1995 |
"This is just a little step. Last year we were here at the same time." --Raffaele Ruotolo, after the Splash won the Southern Division title Doug Neely was talking to a reporter before the Splash's penultimate regular-season game, and the question of still having a chance to win a Southern Division title was broached. "Our goals," Neely said, "are to win a championship and win a division title." Note the order. You can win one without the other, and last year, the Splash did.
August 15, 1995
The UC Irvine men's soccer team has signed 13 players, first-year Coach George Kuntz announced Monday. Among those signed were Southern Section Division III player of the year Mike Jacobs and teammate Gustav Gratzer of Woodbridge High, South Coast League most valuable player Ryan Hawkins of Capistrano Valley High, all-Sea View League defender Brian Teter of Irvine High and all-Mission Conference goalkeeper Scott Zinser of Rancho Santiago College.
March 12, 1996 |
Don Ebert, a former indoor soccer player who spent the last eight years working with Forum Boxing, has been named general manager of the Splash. Ebert, 36, reached an agreement with majority owner Bill Williams over the weekend. He retired as an indoor player in 1988, and last year did color commentary on Continental Indoor Soccer League television broadcasts. Ebert was director of marketing and business development for Forum Sports under Jerry Buss.