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July 5/08 Cleveland vs Toronto Lynx

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Lynx Swept Away by Cleveland

Fall 2-1 to Internationals

Date: July 5, 2008

Venue: John Carroll University, Cleveland, OH

Kick Off Time: 7:00 PM EDT

Final Score: Toronto 1 Cleveland 2

Match Summary:

The Toronto Lynx’ drive to clinch second place in the Great Lakes Division suffered a serious blow this evening as the team suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of the host Cleveland Internationals in PDL action. The win sweeps the home-and home series between the clubs, and gives the Internationals an eight-point cushion ahead of the Lynx in the battle for second place, with both teams having only three games left on the season. Toronto’s record falls to 6-5-2 (20 points) on the year, while Cleveland improves to 9-3-1 (28 points). Toronto, however, still finishes their road schedule with a winning record (4-3-1) for the first time in team history, and remains in playoff contention, having clinched at least third place in the division. With the Michigan Bucks sitting with the best record in the Central Conference, they are the favourite to clinch the conference title, which will give them a bye into the conference tournament and grant a playoff berth to the division’s third-place team.

Toronto, looking for the victory, opened strong and attacked hard from the kick-off. Against play, however, Cleveland scored and took a 1-0 lead, forcing the Lynx to open up play even more. Vince Petrasso equalized for Toronto shortly afterward, slamming home a Jean Tshimpaka feed from the edge of the box. Tshimpaka took a pass from Chris DeAbreu wide, beat his man and found Petrasso who converted his chance to level the match.

The game remained wide open for the remainder, with end-to-end action throughout, thrilling the large crowd on hand as part of the Continental Cup international youth tournament being held this weekend in Cleveland. Neither team could convert its chances, and Lynx keeper Brandon Heembrock, making his first start in place of suspended starter Nils Binstock, made a number of athletic saves in net to keep the score level.

Cleveland finally broke through with ten minutes remaining, heading home a ball past Heembrock and giving the hosts a 2-1 lead, which held until the final whistle. Toronto pushed forward with almost all of their players, desperate for the win, and gave Cleveland a number of scares as time wound down, but could not find the target.

The Toronto Lynx Juniors, taking part in the prestigious Continental Cup tournament, were much more fortunate today in their games, and the U15, U16 and U17 boys will compete in their respective finals tomorrow afternoon.

Toronto now heads home for the final three matches of the season. The team heads to Bolton next Saturday, July 12, to host the Indiana Invaders at 5:00 PM at Edelweiss Park to celebrate the Bolton Wanderers Soccer Club’s 30th anniversary. The match will be the back end of a doubleheader with the Lady Lynx, who host Western Mass at 1:00 PM. Tickets are available through the Lynx ticket hotline at 416-251-4625 x 31, through the Bolton Wanderers Soccer Club office or at the park on game day.

Final Score: Toronto 1 Cleveland 2

Toronto’s next game is home to Indiana on July 12 at 5:00 PM at Edelweiss Park in Bolton



416-251-4625 ext. 23

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