Monday, April 25, 2005
By David Deal
The Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) announced today that Philadelphia KiXX goalkeeper Peter Pappas has been named the League’s Goalkeeper of the Week for the seven-day period ending April 24, 2005. The honor is the sixth such accolade for the seven-time all-star this season, the most among all netminders in the seven-team League; Pappas also received the weekly award for the seven-day periods ending November 22, December 19, January 10, January 31, and April 10. He was named the League’s Goalkeeper of the Month for his play throughout the month of January.
Pappas completed the 2004-05 regular season by holding the high-powered Kansas City Comets to a pair of goals en route to a 8-2 victory at Kemper Arena on April 23. The native of Toronto, Ontario stopped 10 of the 12 shots he faced in the contest, including six in the fourth quarter. The 32-year-old netminder finished the season ranked among the League leaders in nearly every goalkeeping category including second in goals against average (4.34), minutes played (2,086), saves (449), and save percentage (.748), and third in wins (19).
The nine-year veteran has been named to seven all-star squads, five of which he was selected to start, and six all-league teams during his career. Pappas was named the MISL’s Goalkeeper of the Year for the 2003-04 campaign, after finishing the regular season with a 17-12 record, a 5.44 goals against average and a League-best .765 save percentage. The Philadelphia University graduate also received Player-of-the-Week honors five times (seven-day periods ending October 5 and 12, January 18 and February 1 and 8) and Player-of-the-Month honors for his play in October and January last season. Overall in his career, Pappas has received Player-of-the Week honors 22 times, as well as nine Player-of-the-Month honors.
Pappas and the KiXX enter the 2005 MISL Playoffs with the number three seed and will square-off versus the second-seeded Cleveland Force in the opening Semifinal Round. The dates and times of the two-game series will be announced shortly. For more information, contact the club’s Executive Office at 1-888-888-KIXX (5499).