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CPSL Week 16


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Result of the Friday August 26th, 2005 CPSL game between Toronto Croatia and St Catharines Roma Wolves played at Memorial Park in Streetsville at 8:00pm.

3 min...Toronto Croatia Hayden Fitzwilliams GOAL...TC Velemir Crljen receives pass in the middle from the right and immediately crosses from 20 yards to open Fitzwilliams on left and his short 10 yard shot is over sliding goalie Claudio Perri and rolls into right corner of net.

71 min...Toronto Croatia Peter Curic GOAL...TC Halburto Harris crossed from right near corner flag, a Wolves defender pokes at the ball with his foot and stops it in the box, Curic standing at 3 yards steps back and turns and fires 5 yarder to left side of net.

Final Score:..............Toronto Croatia..........2................St Catharines Roma Wolves...........0..........

Attendance was about 150 on this warm evening. By game time it's getting dark already at this time of the summer so the game was played under the spotlights.

The field was bumpy and choppy. Last Sunday's game was cancelled because of the storms from the Friday. The goalies dived out for low shots to get their whole body between the balls on the net and avoid tricky bounces and sudden hops. Both goalies handled crosses into the box with confidence. George Azcurra earned the shut out for Toronto Croatia with not as much work to do as Claudio Perri.

The Wolves played much better than when I saw an 11 man/no subs team lose 5-0 to Vaughan Shooters. This time they had a full roster of subs to put into the game as the second half wore on.

The game was almost put out of reach at the 9 minutes when Toronto Croatia's Halburto Harris sent in a 30 yard shot from right that hit the crossbar and deflected over the net. At 50 minutes TC's Caswain Mason gets a break away at 30 yards and the ball hits a mound and tips up, he then chipped the charging goalie but the ball was just sent over the bar. Carlo Arghittu had the Wolves best chance at 76 minutes when he flicked a 7 yard header over the net after receiving a cross from the right.

A late switching of assignments among game officials put Amato Deluca in as the referee. He gave out no cards in this game which was in no way vicious. Scheduled referee Joe Fletcher dropped to 4th official because he was given the USL referee assignment in Montreal for the Impact game against Rochester Raging Rhinos. The two best teams in the USL! Now Sunday I'll be watching the two worst teams in the USL as Toronto Lynx host Virginia Beach Mariners.

Rocket Robin

robing@eol.ca

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Border Stars draw a tie in second game of weekend

In the game played Sunday, Brampton Stallions were held to a 2-2 tie by Border Stars at their home Victoria Park in Brampton to tighten a 4-team race for the vital third spot in the Western Conference.

Brampton Stallions missed a vital penalty kick opportunity late in the 2-2 tie with Border Stars in a game that could have gone either way but eventually served to put the border team in the hunt for a play off berth, only three points now separating four clubs.

Mladen Dikic opened the scoring for Brampton after just two minutes and Border Stars' Steve Merker tied the game 1-1 at the 30-minute mark. Yusif Jawando made it 2-1 for Stallions, a goal that came off a Border Stars' player just one minute after the interval, and Aaron Byrd scored the tying goal for the border team at 67 minutes. Five minutes later, Anthony Santilli saved a penalty kick by Kevin McIntosh to hold on for the tie.

Border Stars victorious over London City

In the Canadian Professional Soccer League, London City went down at home by a 4-1 score, a game in which veteran forward Radek Papiez scored a natural hat-trick for the border team.

Radek Papiez, now 32, was the hero for Border Stars with three goals at 15, 52 and 65 minutes to hand London City a serious set-back in their bid for a place in the playoff top three in the Western Conference. Aaron Byrd had opened the scoring for Border Stars at the 12th minute and Dennis Peeters scored the lone London goal at 86 minutes. London midfielder Keith Andrew drove a penalty kick wide of the net at the 89th minute.

London City drop to fourth in the Western Conference standings as a result of the loss, they have a 5-9-4 record while Border Stars shave a 5-9-1 record for 16 points and still at the foot of the standings

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Border Stars draw a tie in second game of weekend

In the game played Sunday, Brampton Stallions were held to a 2-2 tie by Border Stars at their home Victoria Park in Brampton to tighten a 4-team race for the vital third spot in the Western Conference.

Brampton Stallions missed a vital penalty kick opportunity late in the 2-2 tie with Border Stars in a game that could have gone either way but eventually served to put the border team in the hunt for a play off berth, only three points now separating four clubs.

Mladen Dikic opened the scoring for Brampton after just two minutes and Border Stars' Steve Merker tied the game 1-1 at the 30-minute mark. Yusif Jawando made it 2-1 for Stallions, a goal that came off a Border Stars' player just one minute after the interval, and Aaron Byrd scored the tying goal for the border team at 67 minutes. Five minutes later, Anthony Santilli saved a penalty kick by Kevin McIntosh to hold on for the tie.

Border Stars victorious over London City

In the Canadian Professional Soccer League, London City went down at home by a 4-1 score, a game in which veteran forward Radek Papiez scored a natural hat-trick for the border team.

Radek Papiez, now 32, was the hero for Border Stars with three goals at 15, 52 and 65 minutes to hand London City a serious set-back in their bid for a place in the playoff top three in the Western Conference. Aaron Byrd had opened the scoring for Border Stars at the 12th minute and Dennis Peeters scored the lone London goal at 86 minutes. London midfielder Keith Andrew drove a penalty kick wide of the net at the 89th minute.

London City drop to fourth in the Western Conference standings as a result of the loss, they have a 5-9-4 record while Border Stars shave a 5-9-1 record for 16 points and still at the foot of the standings

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