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Result of the Friday August 17, 2007 CSL game between Serbian White Eagles and St Catharines Roma Wolves played at Centennial Stadium in Etobicoke at 8:00pm.

4 min…Wolves Carlos Arghittu GOAL…Wolves Anthony Strange gets pass up middle and 20 yard shot blocked by goalie George Radan. Arghittu pops up 10 yard rebound with a header and ball drops over line past retreating goalie and defender.

54 min...White Eagles Gabriel Pop GOAL…SWE Nikola Budalic splits two defenders up middle and passes left to Pop who blasts 12 yard shot to right corner of net beyond diving goalie Claudio Perri.

55 min…Wolves Carlos Arghittu GOAL…Wolves Arnie Magnotta runs up right wing and centers cross to Arghittu who kicks 12 yard shot to inside of left corner of net.

83 min…Wolves Carlos Arghittu GOAL…Tony Mermigas at Wolves 30 yard line shoots long pass over players to center line where ball finds Arghittu who races in from right and as SWE Mirko Medic closes in, he shoots 20 yard shot just inside left post beyond sprawling goalie at 12 yards.

Final Score:……..Serbian White Eagles……1………St Catharines Roma Wolves………3……….

Attendance was about 600 on this evening which started out mild but cooled off fast. The wind was a huge factor in this game as it blew from the north in gusty bursts.

Carlos Arghittu scored all three goals for the Wolves! A great individual effort. He was caught on a few plays where he didn't get back in time and was called offside. His second goal was most important to turn the momentum of the White Eagles scoring just one minute earlier.

This was the Wolves third game in six nights. I was at their game on Sunday when they lost to Italia Shooters 2-0. They got revenge on the Shooters in St Catharines 1-0 on Wednesday. Wolves' manager Armando DiFruscio said they played Wednesday's second half like they played tonight's game for the win. He said his team had three players serving suspensions and two out with injuries. He wasn't too confident about their subs tonight as of the five extra players brought to this game, most were from their youth team.

Referee Manuel Orellana didn't have many cards to give out tonight as the game wasn't really rough. The referee's assistant on the near side had trouble judging offsides but he was an equal-opportunity-flagger as he caught both sides throughout the game.

This was the first game for George Radan in the White Eagles net. He is filling in for regular goalie Dusan Belic who is spending time with his dieing father in the USA. Radan couldn't at fault in any goals but the rest of the defence could have done better. The third goal for the Wolves could be blamed for the White Eagles pressing for the equalizer and the wind causing balls to drift over defenders' heads.

Claudio Perri had trouble with his long punts in the first half blowing back towards him but it was too his advantage in the second when even medium efforts flew 60 yards. He was always able to recover rebounds or a defender was there to clear.

Sasa Viciknez took most of the free kicks for the White Eagles but his shots were dangerous but often off target. I've never seen the White Eagles make so many unforced errors. Some passes of only five yards were out of bounds!

Arrangements have been made for one of the Serbian White Eagles vs. Toronto Croatia games. The game scheduled Thursday September 13th at Centennial Stadium will be considered a White Eagles home game and tickets will only be sold in advance…no tickets sold on the day of the game! This stadium has no way of separating fans because all seats are on the west side so as I've heard from CSL executives, Croatia will also have a 'home' game with just their fans able to see the game.

Rocket Robin

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I heard from league officials of the CSL that Lamport Stadium was getting Field Turf just like Birchmount Stadium in Scarborough and Esther Shiner Stadium in North York both received in recent years.

The work was supposed to start right after Caribana ended (because the community groups use it to organize their parade).

Time to complete will be in time for the CSL final (about third week in October) if the final happens to be between Toronto Croatia and Serbian White Eagles. Any other match up the final will be played at Esther Shiner Stadium.

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Trois Rivières 0 Italia Shooters 0

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Trois Rivières, QC — Sitting in Café Morgane, on rue des Forges, it is easy to see why Trois Rivières is the self proclaimed “Capital of Poetry”. Rue des Forges is lined with Cafés, Bistros and terrace restaurants. On many of these you will find plaques with excerpts from poems.

Situated about half-way between Montréal and Québec City, Trois Rivières is the perfect stop-over for lovers. Besides finding a quote that fits your lover, you may find one that expresses your love for your favorite soccer team.

At Université de Trois Rivières where the Attak de Trois Rivières of the Canadian Soccer League play their games, the announced crowd of 1,541 was rather silent in their passion for their favorites. Maybe they could use some of those quotes as chants.

It is true that the Attak gave the team little to cheer about in a midfield battle that ended in a 0-0 tie. The first place team from the International Division the Italia Shooters were up to the challenge from the Attak, the first place team in the National Division of the CSL. While the game ended scoreless, it was the Attak who controlled play and had the majority of the scoring chances.

Veteran Darko Kolic who played several seasons with the Montréal Impact, spear-headed the attack, with several opportunities in the first half. Five minutes into the game, his run down the right wing and attempt at net caused a corner kick. At the twenty-seventh minute Kolic headed a clear chance at net over the cross bar. Sita-Taty Matondo had the best chance to score for the Attak however his goal was called back on a close offside call.

Kolic was again involved in the action when he picked up a yellow card in the first half. Kolic felt he was fouled, however the referee saw it differently, a few minutes later, Kolic’s revenge foul on a Shooters’ defender resulted in the yellow. Jon Paul Piques who had a trial with Toronto FC, and sat on the bench with the Toronto Lynx and the Montréal Impact finally made his professional debut in Canada. Piques picked up the shutout for Trois Rivières. Piques made an excellent save in the first half, to deflect wide a well taken strike from 20 yards out. Outside of that shot Piques wasn’t challenged all night.

The Attak’s leading scorer Nicolas Lesage came into the game at the 72nd minute of the game. After a listless second half the Attak’s attack came alive. They looked dangerous on a corner kick and had their best scoring chance a few minutes later before the Shooters finally cleared the ball after several opportunities in close. Nicolas Lesage looked like he was going to break though for a shot in the 93rd minute and Darko Kolic had a final shot on net from a free kick from 20 yards out in the 94th minute.

Lineups

Trois Rivières :: Jon Paul Piques, Alex Suprenant, Cédric Joqueviel, Elkana Mayard, David Fronimadis, Joe Di Buono (Alpha Bah 88) Boubacar Coulibaly, Ibrahim Baldeh, (Jean-Philippe Etienne 70), Massimo Di Ioia (Nicolas Lesage 72), Darko Kolic

Italia Shooters :: Pablo Alvarado, Fitzroy Christie, Andre Stewart, Alex Ruhelescheke, Desi Humphrey, Alvaro Vaquesi, Carlos Medina (Danny Ramos 45, Craig Taylor 88), Chris Turner, Geron Duporte, Kevin Omouaka, Gladstone Richards

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Result of the Sunday August 19th, 2007 CSL game between Portuguese Supra and North York Astros played at Centennial Stadium in Etobicoke at 7:00pm.

20 min…Astros Selvin Lammie is pulled down just left of goal as he runs by goalie Michael Silva diving for ball in his box although he missed the ball. Referee Alexander William signalled for a Penalty kick.

21 min…Astros Paulo Astorga blasts Penalty kick to right side and goalie flies to right to block ball near post and Supra defender then kicks ball out for cornerkick.

50 min…Supra Selmir Sehic GOAL…Supra Michael Aikobokie runs to middle from left and with goalie Ratko Ivanovic outside box at 20 yards to try to check him, he pushes ball wide right to charging Sehic to kick in 12 yard shot to open net.

74 min…Astros Alessandro Bancheri GOAL…Astros Francesco Vescio (who’d only come into game one minute earlier) passes ball forward from 45 yards on right and Bancheri lets ball bounce between defenders as he rounds around them. He finally takes possession of the ball and takes quick 12 yard shot into left corner of net from right side.

87 min…Supra Carlos Ceballos GOAL…Supra Oran Alexander crossed from 20 yards on left and Ceballos leaps to head ball from 10 yards over defender and goalie into left corner of net.

Final Score:……..Portuguese Supra……..2………North York Astros……..1……….

Attendance was about 45 on this warm evening with the sun out in the North West for the first half. The pitch was pretty worn out from intense use and the drought for most of the last six weeks.

The game wasn’t rough or filled with fouls and only two cards were given out—both to Supra players for dissent. This was in contrast to how I heard the Supra’s Friday night game that included a kung-fu cleats-up kick to the chest.

This was a game between two struggling teams. Plenty of mistakes and passes that just didn’t work. This was only Supra’s third league win of the season but enough to catch the Astros in the standings as both teams start their playoff round.

The penalty save by Michael Silva was a big lift to the Supra. It came at almost the same time in the game as two weeks ago when Windsor were awarded two penalty kicks plus having a defender Red carded because of Silva’s errors. The team needed this boost of confidence. Supra’s Michael Aikobokie had some other good chances in the game but couldn’t score.

Rocket Robin

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87 min…Supra Carlos Ceballos GOAL…Supra Oran Alexander crossed from 20 yards on left and Ceballos leaps to head ball from 10 yards over defender and goalie into left corner of net.

Final Score:……..Portuguese Supra……..2………North York Astros……..1……….

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quote:Originally posted by kennedy

87 min…Supra Carlos Ceballos GOAL…Supra Oran Alexander crossed from 20 yards on left and Ceballos leaps to head ball from 10 yards over defender and goalie into left corner of net.

Final Score:……..Portuguese Supra……..2………North York Astros……..1……….

Hi Robin,

To correct the 2nd goal info for Supra. The player who crossed a long precision ball into the Astros area from a very difficult position on the left wing and under strong defensive pressure, was in fact #20 Michael Aigbokie and not Oran Alexander. Great headed finish by Carlos Ceballos. Aigbokie setting up both Supra goals.

I agree the game was played in good spirits and the team who wanted the game more got the important three points.

Nice win for Jorge, the new Supra head coach.

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