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1986–87 American Indoor Soccer Association season

American Indoor Soccer Association
Season1986–87
ChampionsLouisville Thunder (1st title)
Matches played168
Goals scored1,534 (9.13 per match)
Top goalscorerRudy Pikuzinski (51)

Statistics of the American Indoor Soccer Association in the 1986–87 season.

Overview of "American Indoor Soccer Association" article

Overview

The Columbus Capitals and Kalamazoo Kangaroos did not return after the 1985–86 season. Four teams, including former NASL stalwarts, Tampa Bay Rowdies, joined the league in 1986–87. The Fort Wayne Flames, Memphis Storm and Toledo Pride were all newly formed expansion teams. The addition of Tampa Bay in particular, and Memphis to a lesser degree, marked the AISA's first clubs outside of the Midwest. Rudy Pikuzinski of Canton won the league scoring title en route to his first of three straight MVP awards, while Memphis boss Terry Nicholl took home Coach of the Year honors.

Just as in previous AISA seasons, Canton and Louisville proved to be the class of the league and faced each other in the finals for a third straight year. For the first time the championship series went the full five games, and in a clash of titans, the Thunder finally bested their rivals, three games to two. Alas, the Thunder's glory would be short lived, as Game 5 proved to be their final match ever. Ownership, no longer able to bear the financial losses, opted to shut the team down instead trying to defend their crown for 1987–88.[1]

1986–87 American Indoor Soccer Association season Overview articles: 10

Regular season

G = Games, W = Wins, L = Losses, % = Winning Percentage, GB = Games Behind Leader, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against

    -Playoff qualifying teams.
Northern Division G W L % GB GF GA Home Road
Canton Invaders 42 31 11 .738 255 165 19-2 12-9
Chicago Shoccers 42 26 16 .619 5 232 200 16-5 10-11
Toledo Pride 42 14 28 .333 17 179 210 7-14 7-14
Milwaukee Wave 42 12 30 .286 19 148 222 5-16 7-14
Southern Division G W L % GB GF GA Home Road
Louisville Thunder 42 27 15 .643 213 181 14-7 13-8
Memphis Storm 42 24 18 .571 3 180 166 14-7 10-11
Tampa Bay Rowdies 42 21 21 .500 6 170 172 14-7 7-14
Fort Wayne Flames 42 13 29 .310 14 157 218 7-14 6-15

1986–87 American Indoor Soccer Association season Regular season articles: 4

AISA League Leaders

Scoring

GP = Games Played, G = Goals, A = Assists, Pts = Points

Player Team GP G A Pts
Rudy Pikuzinski Canton 42 51 30 81
Zoran Savic Louisville 41 42 34 77
Salvador Valencia Chicago 40 47 28 75
Carlos Salguero Toledo 42 45 23 68
Elvis Comrie Chicago 40 37 31 68
Kia Zolgharnain Canton 42 34 31 66
Chris Hellenkamp Louisville 41 26 36 62
Steve Wegerle Tampa Bay 35 26 36 62
Jim Gabarra Louisville 40 36 23 59
Oscar Albuquerque Memphis 24 35 18 53

Goalkeeping

Note: GP = Games played; Min = Minutes played; Sho = Shots faced; Svs = Saves; GA = Goals against; GAA = Goals against average; W = Wins; L = Losses

Player Team GP Min* Sho Svs GA GAA W L
Yaro Dachniwsky Memphis 18 958 432 187 53 3.33 10 8
Jamie Swanner Canton 24 1402 600 312 84 3.59 19 4
Arnie Mausser Tampa Bay 35 2074 891 436 126 3.64 19 16
Victor Petroni Louisville 26 1392 671 339 94 4.05 14 8
Bill Naumovski Canton 20 1012 504 222 76 4.10 12 7

*(Minimum 400 minutes played to qualify)

1986–87 American Indoor Soccer Association season AISA League Leaders articles: 13

All-Star game

On February 21 the Louisville Thunder hosted the AISA All-Star Game. Instead of using the Thunder's home field of Broadbent Arena at the state fairgrounds, the match was played at the more intimate Louisville Gardens in downtown Louisville. In a departure from the previous season, both squads were composed of mixed rosters. In the past, the host team had faced all-stars from the rest of the league's teams. The Northern Division all-stars wore blue jerseys, while the Southern squad wore grey. Players on the winning side each received a $100 bonus. The Northern Division squad defeated their Southern counterparts by a score of 7–5. Louisville forward Zoran Savic (1 goal, 2 assists) and Canton goalie, Jamie Swanner (11 saves, 2 goals given), were named the game's offensive and defensive MVPs respectively.[2] Although neither game would come to pass, it was also announced that the 1988 All-Star game would be hosted by Tampa Bay, with the 1989 game being awarded to Milwaukee.[3]

Southern Division roster

Starters   Position   Reserves
Victor Petroni, Louisville G Arnie Mausser, Tampa Bay
Gregg Willin, Memphis D Tom Alioto, Fort Wayne • Peter Roe, Tampa Bay
Paul Kato, Louisville D Glenn Ervine, Tampa Bay
Chris Hellenkamp, Louisville M Tony Carbognani, Memphis • Mark Lugris, Fort Wayne
Steve Wegerle, Tampa Bay F Jim Gabarra, Louisville
Zoran Savic, Louisville F *Tim Walters, Tampa Bay

*Original selection Rubén Astigarraga of Tampa Bay was unable to play and was replaced by teammate Tim Walters.

Northern Division roster

Starters   Position   Reserves
Jamie Swanner, Canton G Rick Schweizer, Milwaukee
Oscar Pisano, Canton D Walt Schlothauer, Canton • Tim Tyma, Canton
Martin Rancon, Chicago D John Dolinsky, Milwaukee
Don Tobin, Canton M Art Kramer, Canton • Ruben Stivan, Chicago
Carlos Salguero, Toledo F Elvis Comrie, Chicago
Salvador Valencia, Chicago F Rudy Pikuzinski, Canton

Match report

February 21, 1987 All-StarsNorthern Division7–5Southern DivisionLouisville, Kentucky
8:05 PM (CST) Comrie  14:18'
Dolinsky  23:42'
Schlothauer  33:21' (pp)
Tobin  35:09'
Comrie  38:17'
Salguero  43:12'
Kramer  59:57'
report Wegerle  5:31'
Savic  21:37'
Gabarra  46:22' (pp)
Ervine  47:32'
Gabarra  52:27'
Stadium: Louisville Gardens
Attendance: 2,473

1986–87 American Indoor Soccer Association season All-Star game articles: 21

Playoffs

First Round

Lower seed Higher seed Game 1 Game 2 Mini Game notes
Toledo Pride - Chicago Shoccers 5–4(OT) 3–7 0–1 Chicago wins series 2–1
Tampa Bay Rowdies - Memphis Storm 1–4 5–4 2–3 Memphis wins series 2–1

Semifinals

Lower seed Higher seed Game 1 Game 2 Mini Game notes
Chicago Shoccers - Louisville Thunder 3–7 4–5 Louisville wins series 2–0
Memphis Storm - Canton Invaders 3–4(OT) 3–5 Canton wins series 2–0

Finals

Lower seed Higher seed Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Game 4 Game 5 notes
Louisville Thunder - Canton Invaders 5–6 3–2 5–4(OT) 2–4 6–4 Louisville wins series 3–2

All-AISA first team

  Position   Player
G Jamie Swanner, Canton
D Tim Tyma, Canton
D Gregg Willin, Memphis
M Chris Hellenkamp, Louisville
F Zoran Savic, Louisville
F Rudy Pikuzinski, Canton

All-AISA second team

  Position   Player
G Arnie Mausser, Tampa Bay
D Tomo Condric, Canton
D Martin Rincon, Chicago
M Elvis Comrie, Chicago
F Salvador Valencia, Chicago
F Carlos Salguero, Toledo

Post season awards

References

  1. ^ Lilley, Bill (February 8, 1988). "Whole league 'biting bullet'". Akron Beacon Journal. p. A1. Retrieved June 12, 2017.
  2. ^ Younkin, Lou (February 22, 1987). "North team, Louisville Gardens are AISA all-star game winners". The Courier Journal. p. C1. Retrieved 14 June 2017 – via newspapers.com.
  3. ^ Younkin, Lou (February 20, 1987). "Smaller arena may enliven All-Star Game action". The Courier Journal. p. D6. Retrieved 14 June 2017 – via newspapers.com.

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