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CPSL Week 13


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Result of the Tuesday August 12th, 2003 CPSL game between Toronto Supra and Metro Lions played at Centennial Stadium in Etobicoke at 8:30pm.

19 min...Supra Martin Peraza GOAL...Supra Pedro Diaz 40 yard freekick hits Lions goalie Courtenay Campbell in chest but he doesn't squeeze it with his hands. Supra forward Michael Deluca heads ball aside from 5 yards knocking ball down. Peraza boots in ball on right from 3 yards into top of net.

23 min...Supra Michael Deluca GOAL...Supra Jaroslav Radzinski crosses from 15 yards on left into box for Supra Daniel Amaral to blast 12 yard shot that goalie makes point-blank save. The rebound finds Supra Samuel Afriyie who passes off from 5 yards as he's blocked by defender from shot on goal. Deluca blasts 5 yard shot into net.

39 min...Supra Martin Peraza GOAL...Peraza cuts over from rush down right wing and running towards goal beats goalie on short side from 7 yards.

62 min...Supra Leonardo Savone knocks down cross into Supra box and deflects it from his foot to his hand. Referee Manuel Orellana signals for a Penalty kick. Savone probably should have let the ball bounce right through the box because it was already on its way out of the box on left side.

63 min...Lions Darryl Gomes GOAL...Gomes penalty kick is blasted to left corner of net as Supra goalie Michael Silva slumps to his right.

67 min...Lions Hayden Fitzwilliams GOAL...Lions Craig Patton rolls ball from left to center where Fitzwilliams blasts 12 yarder into net.

Final Score:.....Toronto Supra.............3.............Metro Lions................2............

Attendance was about 100 people on this hot humid night.

Supra substituted Peraza at halftime after his two goals and making some great runs, passes and shots from the right wing gave the Supra a 'safe' lead. Lions brought in Darryl Gomes at the 52 minute mark and he was immediately injured within the next three. Besides scoring the first goal, he hit two goalposts within six minutes of the Lions second goal as the momentum of the game shifted. The Lions were late coming back from the dressing room for the second half but new coach Goran Miscevic must have inspired them because they looked like a different team. Lions still had a problem in both halfs with having four defenders standing at the center line when they had possession deep in the Supra end.

The time clock at Centennial was programmed to only count up to 60 minutes then start again. Then it would start up again and count to 10 again and again. The referee signalled to the pressbox to stop the clock because it was confusing the fans. I could only freeze it.

I was glad I could see this game. The same teams played here July 31st but I was recovering from the SARSstock Concert the night before. With the Eastern Conference only having six teams, a team actually plays ONE of its division rivals three times. That game had ended 2-0.

Supra's sponsers on their black uniforms (only the second time I've seen them wear that colour) is "Mamma Mia" which although initially looking like it's from the ABBA musical/play is actually the name of an all-you-can-eat Buffet.

Spotted in tonight's crowd were Hamilton Thunder owner Italo Ferrari. A-League Toronto Lynx coach Peter Pinizzotto was also there. For this weekend's home and home against Pittsburgh Riverhounds he may have all of three substitutes on the bench. With the A-League roster freeze deadline on August 4th although he has 20 players on his roster, many are injured or suspended. With Riverhounds still in a good position to catch Rochester for the playoffs, look for Pittsburgh to be especially inspired to try for two wins.

Rocket Robin

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CPSL report:

Toronto Supra took a 3-0 half-time lead and held off a strong Metro Lions’ second half bid with two goals, to finish best of a 3-2 score at Centennial Stadium in Etobicoke on Tuesday night.

Supra remains unbeaten in the Eastern Conference of the Canadian Professional Soccer League to set-up a weekend showdown with Ottawa Wizards who now lead the east conference just two points ahead of Supra. Tuesday’s win may give the west-end Toronto team the opportunity to take over when the two teams come together at Victoria Park in Brampton on Sunday afternoon. The Wizards would have to also falter in their game with Vaughan Sun Devils on Saturday.

Midfielder Martin Peraza’s two first half goals did the trick for Supra, he scored at 19 and 40 minutes, with Michael Di Luca scoring the third, just four minutes after Peraza’s first goal.

Metro Lions, who continue to look much better than their league standing suggests, fought back in the second half to score twice, once by Darryl Gomez at 64 minutes and the second by Hayden Fitzwilliams three minutes later.

But it was Supra which came through with the win for three big points and they now breathe down the neck of a strong Ottawa Wizards side, unbeaten in both the league and Open Canada Cup competition. Supra are unbeaten in the league, but lost a surprise 1-0 decision to amateur team Kanata in the Open Canada Cup on August 4.

Supra has a 7-0-3 WLT record for 24 points, Ottawa has a 8-0-2 record for 26 points. Toronto Supra hosts Ottawa Wizards at a relocated venue—Victoria Park in Brampton, the home of Brampton Hitmen for this game only while the Supra home ground at Centennial Stadium in Etobicoke is occupied over the weekend.

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The game above was the only one from Week 13 that was actually played as the other 8 were postponed due to the blackout/power shortage. With 3 other games yet to be made up as well I wonder if they will have to add another week or so to the season (so much for finishing early this year).

From the CPSL site:

TORONTO—Sunday, August 17--Soccer has not escaped the power failure in Ontario, Quebec and the United States and all games from the time of the power outage through the weekend have been postponed in the Canadian Professional Soccer League.

The first game to resume the CPSL schedule following the power failure is expected to be North York Astros vs. London City at Esther Shiner on Monday night, an 8.30 pm kickoff. A complete list of all games in the CPSL postponed this weekend follows.

The clash between Hamilton Thunder and St. Catharines Roma Wolves was the first to be hit and was called off at Brian Timmis Stadium on Thursday, two hours after the power disruption occured.

This was followed by the postponement of Friday night’s London City vs. Toronto Croatia game at Cove Road in London.

Both games scheduled for Saturday have been postponed. They are the Vaughan Sun Devils vs. Ottawa Wizards game set for Dufferin Clark at 2 pm and the Durham Flames vs. Laval Dynamites encounter scheduled for the Civic Stadium in Oshawa at 7 pm.

All four games scheduled for Sunday have been postponed —the Toronto Supra vs. Ottawa Wizards Eastern Conference showdown arranged for Victoria Park in Brampton at 2 pm is off and so is the St. Catharines Wolves vs. Laval Dynamites set for Club Roma in St. Catharines, also a 2 o’clock kickoff.

The two evening games, Metro Lions vs.Hamilton Thunder listed for 6 p.m. at Birchmount Stadium and Brampton Hitmen vs. Mississauga Olympians, newly scheduled for an 8 pm kickoff at Victoria Park in Brampton, are also off.

League Administrator Stan Adamson cited a number of reasons for so many postponements, including the inability of a hotel to guarantee accommodation of visiting team Ottawa Wizards despite their long-standing reservations.

“There is concern too that floodlights may cut out during periods of conserving power and the reluctance of municipalities to allow afternoon events to go on during the weekend period of recovery,” he explained.

“They, understandably, don’t want to open buildings with dressing rooms for the next 24 to 48 hours,” he said.

Amateur soccer has been hard hit also, with many games in the Ontario Soccer League and other leagues called off.

Monday's game between North York Astros and London City is expected to take place with lights on for the 8.30 pm kickoff.

The following summarizes all games in the Canadian Professional Soccer League postponed as a result of the power disruption:

Thursday, August 14: Hamilton Thunder vs. St. Catharines Roma Wolves

Friday, August 15: London City vs. Toronto Croatia

Saturday, August 16: Vaughan Sun Devils vs. Ottawa Wizards

Saturday, August 16: Durham Flames vs. Laval Dynamites

Sunday, August 17: Metro Lions vs. Hamilton Thunder

Sunday, August 17: Toronto Supra vs. Ottawa Wizards

Sunday, August 17: St. Catharines Wolves vs. Laval Dynamites

Sunday, August 17: Brampton Hitmen vs. Mississauga Olympians

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