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July 14, 2010 PDL--Toronto Lynx vs Cleveland Internationals

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Result of the Wednesday July 14, 2010 PDL game between Toronto Lynx and Cleveland Internationals played at Centennial Stadium in Etobicoke at 11:00am.

10 min...Lynx Mik McNamara GOAL...McNamara folls up partial clearance with 25 yard blast up middle into top right corner of net.

11 min...Lynx Branko Gavrik GOAL...Gavrik gets ball up middle on 2 on 1 break and he shoots from 12 yards into left side of net.

14 min...Lynx YELLOW card...Lukis Risto for tripping up CI Steven Kane who'd been fed pass by CI Ryan Minick up middle. Referee Richard Oliveira also awards a Penalty kick as Kane had already ran into Lynx box.

15 min...CI Admer Suljevic GOAL...Suljevic's low Penalty kick blasted to low right side of net beyond diving goalie Matthew Silva.

20 min...Lynx Chris Broadfoot GOAL...Lynx Lee Smyth cornerkick from right has Broadfoot running to right flick header 3 yards from right post to top left corner of net.

29 min...Lynx Jonathan Costa GOAL...Lynx on 5 on 2 break takes shot himself with 18 yard shot to right side of net.

50 min...Lynx Chris Broadfoot GOAL...Lynx Jean Tshimpaka at 15 yards rolls ball left to Broadfoot to shoot 15 yarder into right side of net beyond flying goalie Brad Stuver.

73 min...CI Aaron Adkias GOAL...Adkias intercepts bad backpass and dekes to left around charging goalie Greg Brooks at 35 yards and recovers ball at 10 yards and kicks ball into open net.

86 min...Lynx Jean Tshimpaka GOAL...Lynx Danny Nguyen pass touch off from 10 yards has Tshimpaka blast 8 yarder into middle of net.

Final Score:..........Toronto Lynx..............6................Cleveland Internationals...........2..............

Attendance was about 800 people for this mid-day game. The crowd was almost exclusively children from summer day camps and sports camps around the region.

The Lynx only had only scored five goals in eleven games before today's game. Without getting too excited about the Lynx more than doubling their goal total in one game, the Internationals had only brought ten players for this game. In the sweltering heat their team fizzled as the game wore on although after saying that I noticed that the visitors got a few breakaways only called back because of offsides. More accurate shooting from the Lynx and this could have been up to double digits. Best non goal chance was when Lynx Greg Lewandowski sent in a follow up from a partial clearance with a blast from 22 yards down the middle that had his shot hit the bar.

Internationals record coming into today's game was 2-8-2 which was slightly worse than the Lynx 3-8-0 mark.

The Lynx started fast with a shooting gallery before their goal outburst at the 10 minute mark. Internationals had one good chance at 7 minutes when Steven Kane was in alone on a break and he chipped the goalie standing at 12 yards but the ball hit the right post and the defence got back to cover the danger.

The Lynx with a full bench to draw on made key subs to always keep fresh legs on the field. Captain Mik McNamara was subbed at 52 minutes and gave his armband to Jean Tshimpaka to finish the game. Like last Sunday's game the Lynx subbed goaltender Greg Brooks to replace Matthew Silva at halftime. That game was a surprise as they were holding onto a shutout and a slim lead against the dominating Dayton Dutch Lions whereas today's game was out of hand.

Lynx did luck-in with the referee's decision on the Penalty kick call. Lukis Risto could have been given a Red card for being the last man back and tripping up Steven Kane on a breakaway. That was the only card given out in the game.

After the game I asked an International official why they'd only brought ten players. They have injury problems and could only find that many players. At least, he answered, the team didn't have to take an overnight bus for this early game and got to stay at a hotel last night. (Looking on the USL website later in the day, I saw the lineups of the July 3rd game between the two teams in Cleveland and the Internationals only had three subs on their bench listed for that game.

The Lynx next game is against Cincinnati Kings at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga this Sunday at 4:00pm. The Lynx have now won three in a row.

Rocket Robin


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