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Aug 18th Toronto Lynx vs Virginia Beach Mariners


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Result of the Wednesday August 18, 2004 A-League game between Toronto Lynx and Virginia Beach Mariners played at Centennial Stadium in Etobicoke at 7:30pm.

10 min...Mariners Dante Washington GOAL...VBM Daniel Alvarez pushes ball forward from left, VBM Carlos Garcia-Dominguez turns and fires shot from 10 yards that goalie Bryheem Hancock pushes ball to right and VBM Washington pounds in rebound from 5 yards over fallen goalie.

42 min...Lynx Ali Gerba GOAL...Gerba gets ball up middle and while holding off defender gets 15 yard shot from even with left post and blasts it over sprawling goalie Matthew Nelson.

105 min (5 minutes of 2nd Overtime)...Lynx Ali Gerba GOAL...Lynx Charles Gbeke on left short pass to Lynx Darren Baxter whose 15 yard shot hits crossbar and rebounds back into box on right. Gerba gets ball in center and pounds in low 8 yard shot into left corner of net.

Final Score:...........Toronto Lynx..........2 (OT)..........Virginia Beach Mariners..........1 (OT)

Attendance was announced as 1713 on this humid overcast night. A heavy rain started at the 8 minute mark but stopped before the end of the first half.

The Mariners dominated early in the game. During the second half the Lynx looked far the better team but had to play against the referee's assistant and were called offside nine times during the second half! Big cheer went up in overtime when this linesman Isaac Raymond had a ball hit him in the head. The Lynx gave up running for some through balls because they were afraid of the offside flag. A key substitution was at the 72 minute mark when Charles Gbeke was brought in as the second forward replacing a tiring John Barry Nusum. Ali Gerba scores his 14th and 15th goals of the year. His first goal of the evening broke the Lynx team record set by Francisco Dos Santos.

Lynx defender Joe Mattacchione was listed in today's program insert as having played every minute of this season yet here he was watching from the press box. He said he was recovering from a groin injury. With another defender Josue Mayard away playing in an exhibition game with Haiti against Brazil, the Lynx defensive starters consisted of Matthew O'Connor, Aaron Steele, and Chris Handsor. Andres Arango replaced Steele at halftime. Lynx Bryheem Hancock had to be brilliant on a few saves including one he saved the game just 30 seconds before Gerba scored the winning goal.

This was the third overtime game in a row that the Lynx had played losing their previous two to Syracuse Salty Dogs. Next year when there is no overtime, all those games would end in ties giving the Lynx three points in the standings, the same as this season's win and the two losses of the weekend.

Rocket Robin

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TORONTO LYNX GAME REPORT

presented by Heineken

Lynx Put a Wrench in Mariners Playoff Plans

Gerba Nets Winner and Sets New Lynx Single-Season Scoring Record

Date: Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Venue: Centennial Park Stadium, Etobicoke, Ontario

Attendance: 1,713

Kick off Time: 7:30 PM

Final Score: Toronto 2 Virginia Beach 1 OT

Match Summary:

With nothing but pride on the line the Toronto Lynx hosted the Virginia Beach Mariners on Coaches Appreciation and Direct Kicks "Cleats for Kids" Night at Centennial Park Stadium. After dropping their last 2 matches to Syracuse the Lynx have been left to play the role of spoiler as the Mariners trailed the Rochester Raging Rhinos by 6 points with 2 games in hand for the final postseason birth in the Eastern Conference. Despite sporting the 2nd best offence in the league the Mariners were on their heels early in the opening half as Ali Gerba had a couple of golden opportunities to get the Lynx on the board first. 'Keeper Matt Nelson was equal to the task, which proved beneficial in the 11th minute when Daniel Alvarez delivered a pass into the left side of the box that found Carlos Garcia, his shot from point blank range was stopped by 'keeper Bryheem Hancock but the rebound was tapped in by the A-League's leading scorer Dante Washington for a 1-nil Mariners lead. Once again the Lynx applied continuous pressure on the Mariners defense with David DiPlacido, back to the net inside the box, using a reverse header that Nelson just got enough of to deflect off the crossbar and over the goal. Persistence paid off in the 43rd minute when Gerba outraced a defender down the left side and launched a left-footer that beat Nelson low right for his 14th goal of the season, setting a new Lynx single-season scoring record and tying the match at 1-1.

Both teams opened the 2nd half looking very sluggish with most of the action in the midfield area. The defense took over for a majority of the half until late in the match when a free ball found Gerba in the box, his shot from close range was stopped by Nelson but he couldn't control the rebound leaving Charles Gbeke with a great chance but his ball was steered off the goaline by defender Steve Danbusky. In injury time Gbeke found Gerba across the right side of the box but Nelson saved the day again with another spectacular save to send the match into overtime. With their season on the line the Mariners didn't play with a sense of urgency that was needed and in the 106th minute of the 2nd overtime Darren Baxter's shot was stopped, a scrum ensued and the loose ball found the foot of Ali Gerba who made no mistake with his 2nd of the match, giving the Lynx the win in dramatic fashion. The loss puts a damper on Virginia Beach's playoff hopes dropping their record to 11-11-3 record, while the Lynx improve to 9-14-1. Toronto is on the pitch again Saturday August 21 at 7:30pm when the Richmond Kickers come to town on Multicultural Night at Centennial Park Stadium.

Highlights:

1st Half

3rd min: Darren Baxter with a great lead pass to Ali Gerba but Keeper Matt Nelson cut down the angle and made a fine sprawling save.

6th min: Edmilson DeCarvalho corner kick was touched by Nelson and the rebound went to Gerba but his shot went wide of the right post.

11th min: Daniel Alvarez with a fine ball to Carlos Garcia, his shot was stopped from point blank range but Dante Washington was there to tap in the rebound, 1-nil Virginia.

13th min: Gerba took another lead pass and once again Nelson got enough on the ball to deflect it wide of the goal.

32nd min: Washington with an inside-out move that turned around a defender before unleashing a rocket that just missed the right post and a diving Hancock.

34th min: Aaron Steele with a cross, David DiPlacido with his back to the net got a head on and it deflected off Nelson's glove, the crossbar, and over the goal.

39th min: DeCarvalho bent a free kick from the top right of the box but it was knocked away by Nelson.

43rd min: Gerba outraced a defender down the left side and launched a left footer that beat Nelson low right, his 14th set a new Lynx single-season scoring record, 1-1.

2nd Half

82nd min: Charles Gbeke rifled a loose ball on the right side over the net.

89th min: Gerba with a chance inside the box, stopped by Nelson, rebound to Gbeke but his shot was steered away by Steve Danbusky.

90th min: Gbeke pass to Gerba resulted in a good shot but Nelson came up with a great save.

Overtime 2

106th min: Darren Baxter with a chance inside the box, stopped by Nelson but the rebound came loose, a scrum ensued and the ball found Ali Gerba who buried his 2nd of the match for the game winner, 2-1 final.

Final Score: Toronto 2 Virginia Beach 1

Lineups:

Virginia: Nelson, Danbusky, Knott, Hutchison (McManus, 96th min), Morelli, Aldrich, Alvarez (Gomez, 82nd min), Shak (Jonas 72nd min), Amani-Dove, Washington, Garcia (Winkel, 86th min)

Toronto: Hancock, Gerba, Baxter, Steele (Arango, 45th min), DiPlacido (Dodds, 80th min), Blois, Faria, Nusum (Gbeke, 73rd min), O'Connor (Munthali, 45th min), DeCarvalho (Bartholomeu, 45th min), Handsor

Cautions: Tor: Blois (69th minute), Baxter (85th minute)

Ejections: None

Shots: Vir: 12 Tor: 20

Saves: Vir: 7 Tor: 5

Fouls: Vir: 16 Tor: 16

Scorers: Vir: Washington (11th minute) Tor: Gerba (43rd minute),

Gerba (106th minute)

The Lynx next home game is Saturday, August 21st at 7:30 pm versus the Richmond Kickers.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

DAVID NUTT, MEDIA RELATIONS

416-251-4625 ext. 30

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indeed Ryan, Marc U of T is calling..............will you pick up the phone :) oh yeah on another note the pitch invasion by Sean was great I wish we had it on tape. OT GOAL............whoo there goal sean(followed by some black kid) sean first on teh firld (black guy takes a whipeout) sean is on the field dancing. The kid decides to run to the other side stops @ half escorted by the MEAN ;) LYNX security :) sean is standing ther taunting with the guards who are slow to get on the filed. Sean is running in SLO MO. Then turns on the JETS and hops over the fens and onto the parking lot.

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