Harrisburg Heat Weekly
HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 18, 2014 - The Harrisburg Heat's season literally went down to the final game before a 13-3 loss Sunday in Dallas formerly ended their playoff chances.
The Heat finished their second season in the Professional Arena Soccer League with a 4-12 record, which despite being eight games under .500 kept alive the Heat's chances for the Eastern Division's fourth and final playoff berth until Sunday's game at Dallas.
The Heat's second season also ended with the announcement that Year 3 of the franchise's return to pro indoor soccer will be played in the State Farm Show Complex's 7,300-seat Large Arena, where the original franchise played from 1991-2003. The Heat's first two seasons were spent in the complex's 2,200-seat Equine Arena.
Heat head coach Richard Chinapoo and his contributions to youth soccer in the Harrisburg area will be recognized Wednesday by the Dauphin County Commissioners during their 10 a.m. meeting at the county's administrative building at the corner of Second and Market streets, Harrisburg.
The 57-year-old Chinapoo, an indoor soccer icon long before his arrival in Harrisburg as a player in the early 1990s, was a player and coach for the original Heat before helping resurrect the franchise prior to the 2012-13 season. He also has been the longtime technical director for the Capital Area Soccer Association.
He is stepping down as the Heat's coach and moving to Miami, Fla.
The Heat had several players finish the season ranked among the PASL's statistical leaders, including:
Brad Kerstetter, the second-year defender out of Halifax High and Seton Hall University who was fifth in the league with 18 blocked shots. Teammate Val Teixeira, another defender out of Portugal by way of Boston, was tied for 11th in the league with 14 blocked shots.
Tom Mellor, the second-year forward from Manchester, England who despite missing four games with injuries was second in restart goals with three, 13th in assists at 19 and 18th in overall scoring with 37 points.
Sam Bishop, another second-year indoor player from Mechanicsburg by way of Lehigh University who was 12th in minutes played at 596:51, even though he sat out the final six games with a foot injury.
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