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June 5th PDL West Virginia vs Toronto Lynx

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Young Guns Lead Lynx to Victory

Late goals by rookie subs give Toronto 2-0 victory over West Virginia

Date: June 5, 2008

Venue: Schoenbaum Stadium, Charleston, WV

Kick Off Time: 7:00 PM EDT

Final Score: Toronto 2 (0) West Virginia 0 (0)

Match Summary:

The Toronto Lynx overcame oppressive heat and a tough West Virginia Chaos team this evening to claim a 2-0 victory over their hosts in Charleston, West Virginia. Rookies Chris Mitchell and Anthony Bahadur scored late in the second half to give the Lynx the win, raising their record to 3-1-0 (9 points) to open the 2008 PDL season. Nils Binstock recorded his first career shutout in the win for Toronto, who sit in third place in the Great Lakes Division, one point behind the Cleveland Internationals with one game in hand. West Virginia remains winless on the season, alone in the division basement with a 0-5-2 (2 points) record.

With the temperature hovering around 95 degrees Fahrenheit at kick-off, Lynx head coach Duncan Wilde sent his troops out in a 4-5-1 formation, unusual for the normally offensive-minded skipper. Wilde hoped to tire out the hosts in the heat and on the huge pitch, one of the largest in the entire league, with a defensive game plan. The strategy paid off for the Lynx as the Chaos were unable to create many chances throughout the match, and they began to tire as the game progressed. Wilde substituted liberally, relying on his youthful bench to provide a spark and pace for his club in the late going, and Toronto began to take control of the match as the clock ticked towards 90:00.

Mitchell, 19, and Bahadur, 20, key players for the 2007 Lynx Jr’s U20 team which finished 3rd in the Super-20 League finals, announced their presence with two brilliant goals in the final ten minutes to clinch the game for Toronto. Forward Daniel Revivo, who turned in another excellent game for the Lynx, launched a shot towards the West Virginia goal in the 82nd minute which appeared to be sailing wide of the goal. Mitchell, making his PDL debut, appeared out of nowhere to get his head onto the ball and head it past a stunned Chaos keeper for the first goal of the evening. Bahadur put the game away in injury time just eight minutes later with a highlight reel goal. The Thornhill native took the ball just inside half, eluded two Chaos defenders, deked the luckless keeper and slipped the ball into the net for a 2-0 Lynx lead.

Binstock made three saves, all in the first half, to earn his first clean sheet. John Jonke led the way for the Lynx’ young defense core who shone from the opening kick to the final whistle in difficult conditions.

The Lynx continue their road trip on Saturday evening in Cincinnati against the Kings at 7:30, and head to Chicago and Indiana for matches next week. The Lynx then return home for a return match against the Chaos on Sunday June 15 at 4:00 PM at Centennial Park Stadium. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Lynx ticket hotline at 416-251-4625 x 31 or at the Centennial Park Stadium box office one hour prior to kick-off.

Final Score: Toronto 2 (0) West Virginia 0 (0)


Toronto: 1 (DiLorenzo, 23)

West Virginia: 2 (Aurthur, 36; Boharch, 88)


Toronto: 0

West Virginia: 0

Shots: Toronto 12 West Virginia 8

Saves: Toronto 3 West Virginia 3

Fouls: Toronto 14, West Virginia 10

Offsides: Toronto 3, West Virginia 3

Corners: Toronto 6, West Virginia 4



82’ Mitchell (Revivo)

90’ Bahadur

West Virginia:


The Toronto Lynx next game is away to the Cincinnati Kings on Saturday June 7 at 7:30 PM



416-251-4625 x 23

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