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June 22/08 Toronto Lady Lynx vs Ottawa Fury

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Result of the Sunday June 22, 2008 W-League game between Toronto Lady Lynx and Ottawa Fury played at Varsity Stadium in Toronto at 4:00pm.

13 min…Fury Jennifer Hance GOAL…Fury Courtney Wetzel cornerkick from left has LL goalie Elise Kuhar-Pitters swat ball like a windmill but Hance heads ball in from 3 yards in crowd in box.

20 min…a thunderstorm has referee Patricia Peebles chase the players back to the locker room and the crowd wait in the passageway under the stands. Since the stands are made of aluminum this was a wise move. The lightning crossed over within five minutes but the rain which had started before the game was stopped kept up after that. Play resumed 31 minutes later.

37 min…Lady Lynx Oni Bernard GOAL…LL Vonya Beckles takes long throw-in from left sideline from 40 yards and has LL Stefania Morra at 20 yards cross from the left. Bernard chests ball down at 15 yards on right and shoots ball into left side of net behind goalie Erin Reinke. Bernard was a sub that came in on the restart after the rain delay.

47 min…Fury Jodie Taylor GOAL…Taylor’s rush on right and her 20 yard shot in into far left side of net.

63 min…Fury Jodie Taylor GOAL…OF Taylor gets cross up middle after previously crossing off. Taylor has 22 yard shot just under bar with goalie getting gloves to it but it squeezes through.

88 min…Lady Lynx Tessa Dimitrakopoulos GOAL…Dimitrakopoulos 22 yard freekick up middle is bent into right side of net. She had come into the game at 56 minutes.

Final Score:………Toronto Lady Lynx…….2……..Ottawa Fury………3………

Attendance was mentioned in the press box as 927. I saw at least 300 fans when it wasn’t raining. Today was Mascot Day but a halftime contest had been cancelled sometime earlier so the only creature I saw today was the Lynxster. The Fury had a strong contingent of family and friends cheering them on. The Lady Lynx had invited a lot of girls’ teams from around the GTA for today’s games and that made this the biggest crowd this season the team has had for all but the School Day game.

The Fury had far more chances this game and goalie Elise Kuhar-Pitters had to be sharp or the game would have been out of reach much earlier. The Lady Lynx only looked good after the restart in the first half until the end of that period and from after the Fury’s third goal until the end of the game.

The Lady Lynx have let Apolonia Kukla leave the team to play for Hamilton Avalanche so she’ll have more playing time. Last year’s Lady Lynx MVP Adrienne Ruhe-Lischke came in as a substitute for the Fury in today’s game. Lady Lynx midfielder Alyscha Mottershead will join Canada’s Under 17 team next week. Midfielder Rita Keimakh has rejoined the team from the Canadian Under 20 team but wasn’t listed as a player today.

The Lady Lynx have only beaten the Fury once in eight tries over the four years they’ve played (actually worse than that when playoffs games are considered). Optimism this year as the Lady Lynx had beaten Ottawa 2-1 one week ago in Ottawa. I had watched the last time Toronto ever beat Ottawa before that as back in 2002 when the Toronto Inferno beat Ottawa 1-0.

The Fury record is now 4 wins, 1 loss in only 5 games while the Lady Lynx record now falls to 7 wins, 1 loss, and 1 tie in 9 games. I expect the Fury to gradually move up from 3rd place when they play more games. Laval Comets record is 5 wins and 1 loss so far this year and they are well in the playoff mix.

Rocket Robin


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Lady Lynx Fall to Fury

First loss of the season for Toronto

Date: June 22, 2008

Venue: Varsity Centre, Toronto, ON

Final Score: Toronto 2 (1) Ottawa 3 (1)

Match Summary:

The Toronto Lady Lynx dropped their first match of the year this afternoon, a 3-2 defeat at the hands of their bitter Ontario rivals, the Ottawa Fury. The Fury avenged their first-ever loss to the Lady Lynx last Sunday in Ottawa with the victory, and raised their record to 6-1-0 (18 points) on the season, while Toronto drops to 7-1-1 (22 points). The Lady Lynx retain first place in the Northern Division however, four points ahead of Laval and seven ahead of Ottawa. Oni Bernard and Tessa Dimitrakopoulos scored for the Lady Lynx, while Elise Kuhar-Pitters suffered her first career defeat in goal.

The game kicked off in a driving rainstorm, with severe weather looming on the horizon. Ottawa opened strong in the wet conditions, and went ahead in the 14th minute when Jennifer Hance headed home a Courtney Wetzel free kick to make the score 1-0. Six minutes later, the weather worsened and a twenty-minute delay ensued.

The Lady Lynx regrouped following the storm break, and tied the game in the 37th minute on Bernard’s second goal of the year. The young midfielder, who came into the game following the delay, took a Stefania Morra feed and banged it past Erin Reinke in the Ottawa goal to level the match and send the teams into the intermission tied at one-all.

Ottawa regained control of the match as the second half opened, and two quick Jodie Taylor goals put the visitors up 3-1 by midway through the period. The Lady Lynx refused to go quietly, however, and clawed their way forward with a number of attacks on goal as the game wound towards time. Dimitrakopoulos pulled the hosts to within one with a powerful free kick in the 90th minute, slamming the ball through the Fury wall and into the netting, but the Lady Lynx could not tally again and the game ended 3-2 in Ottawa’s favour.

Toronto now has a much-deserved two week break in the schedule, with their next action scheduled for July 5 at Oshawa Civic Stadium at 4:00 PM versus the Rochester Rhinos. The Lady Lynx will be taking part in Celebrating Durham Women in Soccer Day that afternoon in conjunction with the Durham Region Soccer Association with proceeds of the event benefiting the YWCA Durham Women’s Shelter. The W-League match will be preceded by a Durham East/West All-Star game at 1:00 PM. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Lynx ticket hotline at 416-251-4625 x 31, or through the Durham Region Soccer Association and its various clubs. Tickets will also be available at the Oshawa Civic Stadium box office starting at 12:00 PM on game day.

Final Score: Toronto 2 (1) Ottawa 3 (1)


Toronto: Kuhar Pitters, Landry, Beckles, Bazi (Baggs, 82), Conley, MacDonald, Mottershead, Lagonia (Bernard, 20), Petriello (Markowitz, 45), Bisnott (Dimitrakopoulos, 56), Morra (Afonso, 72)

Ottawa: Reinke, Caniglia, Kennedy, Sample (Julien, 83), Axon (Smith, 82), Hance, Avner, Raber (Ruhe-Lischke, 51), Wetzel (Pacheco, 60), Powell, Taylor


Referee: Patricia Peebles

Referee’s Assistants: Peter Pendli, Sarah Rauer

4th Official: Sonya Bukovscak


Toronto: 0

Ottawa: 0


Toronto: 0

Ottawa: 0

Shots: Toronto 12 Ottawa 12

Saves: Toronto 3 Ottawa 3

Fouls: Toronto 7 Ottawa 7

Offsides: Toronto 1 Ottawa 4

Corners: Toronto 2 Ottawa 5



37’ Bernard (Morra)

90’ Dimitrakopoulos


14’ Hance (Wetzel)

48’ Taylor

64’ Taylor

The Lady Lynx’ next game is home to Rochester on July 5 at 4:00 PM at Oshawa Civic Stadium.



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