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July 27 W-League playoffs - Toronto vs Vermont [R]

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Result of the Wednesday July 27th, 2005 W-League between Toronto Lady Lynx and Vermont Lady Voltage played at Centennial Stadium in Etobicoke at 7:00pm. This was a one game playoff for the right to face Ottawa Fury in the next round.

14 min...Lady Lynx Catharine Marosszeky GOAL...LL Julia Ralph corner kick from right rolls into box and Marosszeky's low 12 yard blast from left is between crowd of players and into right corner of net beyond goalie Kristen Luckenbill.

34 min...Lady Lynx Deana Everrett GOAL (actually an own goal)...LL Yuiko Konno threads through pass for Everrett to run in VLV box and rolls cross to charging LL Kim Warner ready to redirect it in but VLV defender Amy Benson attempting to block Warner knocks ball into own net from 2 yards.

63 min...Lady Lynx Kim Warner GOAL...LL Deana Everrett chips ball from 20 yards over goalie on edge of box and Warner charges to ball and blasts 3 yarder into open net from right post.

71 min...Lady Lynx Heather MacDougall GOAL...LL Catharine Marosszeky pushes ball forward to charging MacDougall from 25 yards and her 20 yard shot from right is into left side of net over sliding goalie.

79 min...Lady Lynx Deana Everrett GOAL...Everrett gets around goalie on LL Janet Liguori cross from left, Everrett on right takes 10 yard shot into open net.

81 min...Lady Lynx Heather MacDougall GOAL...LL Yuiko Konno cross from left has MacDougall take 8 yard shot from left which goalie stops on left post, rebound back to MacDougall whose 5 yard shot from left has VLV Whitney Gonneville turn its direction from center of net to left corner of net.

Final Score:............Toronto Lady Lynx...........6................Vermont Lady Voltage...............0..............

Attendance was announced in the press box as 1515. (I'd say with the stands not quite half full, about 900 people) on this warm evening. The Lady Lynx didn't have a lot of time to publicize this game. They had to request that the OSL White Eagles vs Woodbridge men's game be played after their game. There were a lot less youth teams for this mid-week game that I first heard about only three weeks ago.

I could see the result of this game was predictable as soon as I saw the Lady Voltage had only brought 12 players. Expecting they'd get tired in the second half and that's just what happened when the Lady Lynx second stringers increased the lead from 2-0 to 6-0. This is the fourth time in four games that the Lady Lynx has beaten Vermont. Three of those victories have happened right here at Centennial Stadium.

Stacey VanBoxmeer earned the shutout for the Lady Lynx and didn't have a lot to do except for catching some crosses, corners and off target shots from Karen Burke. Hannah Neagle was just two steps behind a tap-in when VanBoxmeer backed off a cross and the ball flew right through the box at the 5 minute mark. Lady Lynx defenders Joanna Alexopolus, Holly Lincoln, captain Catharine Marossazeky and Robin Rushton made things easier for their goalie by preventing a lot of shots.

The Lady Lynx now head for Ottawa on the weekend to play the division champion Fury. Let's hope the Lady Lynx can bring enough players to the game to be a challenge to Ottawa who beat them in their two meetings in the regular season.

Rocket Robin


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Congratulations to the Lady Lynx.

But they will not play Ottawa just yet. Toronto will play Boston in one semifinal while Ottawa will play Long Island in the other on Saturday. The two winners will meet in the conference final on Sunday. All those matches will be played in Ottawa. The conference winner will advance to the league championship tournament in New Jersey on the following weekend.

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