Ambush Wins but Doran Is Suffering

By Ray Jordan Of the Post-Dispatch | St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO), February 5, 1995 | Go to article overview

Ambush Wins but Doran Is Suffering


Ray Jordan Of the Post-Dispatch, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


Ambush player-coach Daryl Doran showed up for work Saturday.

His players found that simple act of dedication inspiring.

Doran's father, Donald Doran, died at home Friday night, and he considered skipping Saturday afternoon's soccer game at Kiel Center against the Chicago Power.

But Doran carried on. And his players offered their condolences in the form of an 18-12 Ambush victory in front of 6,183.

Doran said his father, who was 67, died in his sleep, apparently after a heart attack. He said he felt showing up for Saturday's game was the best way to honor his father.

"I thought it was better to do it this way," Doran said. "I was up with my mother until 4 or 5 o'clock (Saturday) morning. I couldn't rest."

Doran's players said they understood how tough it was for him to be at Saturday's game.

"But soccer is such an important part of his life - and his dad's," said defender Chris Kenny, a longtime teammate of Doran's. "It gave him strength to look after his team. He's very dedicated to us.

"The players gained strength from that, too. We could see how important the game and this team are to him. We know that's one of the things that makes him a great coach."

Forward Steve Maurer, who had a hat trick Saturday, said he wasn't surprised to see Doran behind the bench.

"Nothing surprises me about Daryl's dedication to the game, his team and players."

Goalie Jamie Swanner said: "This was trying on everybody. Our sympathy goes out to Daryl and his family."

The Ambush (18-6) struggled for more than three quarters against the National Professional Soccer League's doormat team. …

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