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July 12/08 Toronto Lynx vs Indiana Invaders

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Result of the Saturday July 12, 2008 PDL game between Toronto Lynx and Indiana Invaders played at Edelweiss Park in Bolton at 5:00pm.

26 min…Lynx Kevin Omokhua GOAL…Lynx cornerkick from right is knocked down by Lynx Chris DeAbreu at 20 yards and his short pass has Omokhua turn and blast 12 yard shot up middle over goalie Phillip Tuttle and just under the bar.

43 min…Lynx Daniel Revivo GOAL…Lynx Jean Tshimpaka on left crosses from 15 yards on end line and Revivo scissor kicks ball in from 5 yards from middle into left side of net. WOW!

81 min…Lynx Lloyd Grist GOAL…Lynx Daniel Revivo rushing in from left towards goal and pushes pass to Grist who rolls shot to far right corner of net from 7 yards.

82 min…Lynx Jean Tshimpaka GOAL…Lynx player passes ball from left and Tshimpaka shoots one-timer in from 7 yards to right side of net from left.

Final Score:…….Toronto Lynx……..4…………Indiana Invaders……….0……….

Attendance was not announced but was 937 in ticket sales. Today was part of the Bolton Soccerfest and I’d say about 300 people were watching this game. The Lynx ran into bad luck as just after the Lady Lynx game ended (a 4-3 win for them) at about 3:15pm, the sky opened up and chased the crowd away. The rain stopped about an hour later and the weather was hot and overcast but the field was fine. It was nice that so many people returned or came for the first time as the Lady Lynx regularly outdraws the Lynx. The wet ground led to a lot of sliding tackles and referee Michael Izzo game out a few Yellow cards for those kinds of plays.

The field was natural grass and not closely cut so the ball looked like it was rolling out of bounds but would stop and stay in play. The field the Lynx used was surrounded by hills on three sides and swamp on two and forest on the other with one side leading to the other fields and exits. I was surprised that balls weren’t lost but the ball retrievers could find them right away. I could imagine the bug problem in the evenings with mosquitoes but I didn’t come across any but I did get a bee sting on the arm while watching Lady Lynx game.

Erik DiLorenzo was the captain of the Lynx today probably in honour for Bolton being his hometown. Nils Binstock earned the shutout for the Lynx. He was good at smothering or clearing through balls before they became dangerous chances. The defenders were blocking shots on the edge of the box. I was surprised that the Lynx limited the Invaders to so few chances.

Indiana’s record coming into today’s game was 5 wins, 4 losses, and 2 tie while the Lynx were 6 wins, 5 losses and 2 ties. The Lynx lost their game in Indiana 3-1 a month ago.

It looks like the Lynx will finish third in their division. That should earn them the final playoff spot however a fluke scenario would have them miss the playoffs if division leading Michigan Bucks are not don’t finish as the best team in the conference. In that case they would get in as the first place team rather than a ‘bye’ team and there’d only be one other spot and that would go to the second place Cleveland Internationals. The scenario would leave the Lynx in an awkward spot as if they lose their game against Michigan it would ensure Michigan wins the conference and if the Lynx win, they’d knock themselves out! However it is expected that this week’s results will have Michigan steamroll the opposition to the Lynx can play to win when the two teams meet up next Sunday.

Rocket Robin


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Thanks for the update Robin

You've seen more Lynx soccer than I have...what do you think of Revivo? How does he look this season?

He was part of the U20 pool a couple of years ago....anyone have any idea what his pro prospects are like?

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Lynx Repel Invaders

Blow out Indiana 4-0 in Bolton

Date: July 12, 2008

Venue: Edelweiss Park, Bolton, ON

Kick Off Time: 5:00 PM EDT

Final Score: Toronto 4 (2) Indiana 0 (0)

Match Summary:

The Toronto Lynx capped off Bolton Soccerfest in a dominating fashion, blasting the Indiana Invaders 4-0 at Edelweiss Park in Bolton. The win raises the Lynx’ record to 7-5-2 (23 points) on the year, while Indiana falls to 5-5-3 (18 points) and remains ensconced in third place in the Midwest Division. Kevin Omokhua, Daniel Revivo, Lloyd Grist and Jean Tshimpaka all tallied for the Lynx in the win, while keeper Nils Binstock earned the clean sheet in net in his return following a one-match ban.

The match began on a wet pitch, the result of a torrential downpour which started to fall almost immediately after the completion of the Lady Lynx’ 4-3 victory over Western Mass which kicked off the afternoon doubleheader. Toronto was able to master the slippery pitch, and jumped to a comfortable 2-nil lead by the end of the first half.

Omokhua notched his first goal in a Lynx’ uniform with a brilliant strike in the 28th minute to open the scoring for Toronto. The veteran forward found a loose ball in the box and turned and struck the ball past the stunned Invaders keeper for the 1-0 lead for the Lynx. Revivo one-upped him thirteen minutes later with a stunning bicycle-kick goal. Tshimpaka penetrated deep into Indiana territory, and threaded a feed into the box. Revivo then leapt into the air, and scissored the ball into the net, sending the crowd into a frenzy and sending the Lynx into the break with a 2-nil advantage. The goal was Revivo’s fifth of the year, putting him in the team lead with only two matches left to play.

The second half brought more of the same, with the Lynx controlling the pace of play and spending the bulk of the time deep inside Indiana territory. Toronto iced the game late in the half with two goals in a four-minute span. Revivo found Grist all alone near the penalty spot, and the Welshman pounded it into the twine for the 3-0 lead in the 79th minute, before Tshimpaka closed the scoring for the match, converting a Cameron Alksnis pass into his third of the year. Binstock picked up his fourth shutout of the year between the posts in the victory.

Toronto returns to action on Wednesday morning at 11:00 AM when they host the Cincinnati Kings at Varsity Centre for the team’s annual Youth Day matinee. The Lynx then wrap up their 2008 regular season on Sunday July 20 against the Central Conference leading Michigan Bucks at 4:00 PM at Varsity in a match that could have deep playoff implications. Tickets for both matches can be purchased through the Lynx’ ticket office at 416-251-4625 x 31 or at the Varsity Centre one hour prior to each kick-off.

Final Score: Toronto 4 (2) Indiana 0 (0)


Toronto: Binstock, DiLorenzo, Soutar (Mitchell, 82), Grist, McNamara, DeAbreu, Petrasso (Bahadur, 82), Scott, Omokhua (Alksnis, 46), Revivo (Gomes, 84), Tshimpaka

Indiana: Tuttle, Schield, Lopez, Downing, Burt, Horton, Urbany (Lutrell, 55), Gartner, Yoshinaga, Kamaka, Purdie


Referee: Michael Izzo

Referee’s Assistants: Vito Curalli and Emil Schultz

Fourth Official: Alex Hearn


Toronto: 3 (Tshimpaka, 23; Grist, 45; McNamara, 76)

Indiana: 2 (Kamara, 46; Yoshing, 65’)


Toronto: 0

Indiana: 0

Shots: Toronto 12 Indiana 5

Saves: Toronto 1, Indiana 3

Fouls: Toronto 9, Indiana 5

Offsides: Toronto 2, Indiana 2

Corners: Toronto 6, Indiana 1



28’ Omokhua (DeAbreu)

41’ Revivo (Tshimpaka)

79’ Grist (Revivo)

83’ Tshimpaka (Alksnis)



The Lynx’ next game is home to Cincinnati on Wednesday July 16 at 11:00 AM at Varsity Centre

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