April 20, 1991 |
No matter what the sport, concepts change. Baseball, for example, began with the notion that two or three workhorse pitchers could get the job done, hence Jack Chesbro winning 41 games and pitching 454 2/3 innings for the New York Highlanders in 1904. Today, a generation after Denny McLain's 31-victory season for Detroit in 1968, the five-man rotation has rendered the four-man rotation obsolete and made 20-game winners rarities.
May 3, 1991 |
They enlarged the goals by 33% and jury-rigged some rules before the MSL season to inject more offense into indoor soccer. Despite the rules committee's best effort, Sockers goalkeeper Victor Nogueira managed to make his goals-against average look like an economic indicator--it kept falling, finally settling at 4.37. It was quite a feat in a league where GAAs were expected to balloon like the budget deficit.
February 8, 1989 |
Victor Nogueira was standing in front of the goal during a recent Sockers practice. He appeared to be posing for a statue. His legs spread, knees bent at nearly a right angle, he covered most of the lower area of the goal. His long arms stretched across most of the upper half, his right arm sticking straight out and his left raised above his head as if he were waving. Kevin Crow, Ralph Black, Paul Dougherty and Rene Ortiz took turns shooting the ball at this man, in this pose.
April 7, 1991 |
The Sockers, who Friday night secured the best record in the MSL, had one little piece of business to take care of before heading to the playoffs--they had to finish their schedule Saturday night against the Dallas Sidekicks, who own the worst record in the league. The game went into overtime before it was decided. And, yes, it was decided in the Sockers' favor, 6-5. And, yes, Sockers goalie Victor Nogueira was in the nets to record his 31st victory of the season.
April 29, 1992 |
Victor Nogueira, who has made a career of jumping in front of missiles fired by soccer players, spent Tuesday dodging questions from reporters. It was an uncomfortable day for the Sockers' goalie--reporters kept asking him about the MSL's Most Valuable Player award, which he won for the second consecutive year. "The questions come faster than the shots," Nogueira said sarcastically when asked about his discomfort. Nogueira didn't like being singled out in what he considers a team effort.
March 1, 1992 |
The Sockers, who thought they went through the first four months of the season without a backup goalie, inadvertently found out they had one on their roster all along. Starter Victor Nogueira, who tied Alan Mayer for the club record for most consecutive starts by a goalie (43) Saturday, was issued a red-card ejection with three minutes remaining in the third quarter. The Sockers went on to an 8-1 victory over the Blast behind the goalkeeping of defensive runner Wes Wade.