Attak on top
Trois-Rivieres Attak jumped to the top of the National Conference standings with a 3-1 victory over Canadian Lions, Italia Shooters blanked Serbian White Eagles 2-0 and North York Astros edged London City, 2-1, in Sunday games in the Canadian Soccer League.
The Attak were impressive in defeating Canadian Lions at the University of Quebec at Trois-Rivieres, with forward Nicolas Lesage scoring twice, at the 13th minute and again at 21 minutes for a 2-0 lead at the interval. Canadian Lions struck at 55 minutes on a goal by Marko Janjicek for a 2-1 score and Jean-Louis Besse made it 3-1 for Trois-Rivieres at th 76th minute mark.
Trois-Rivieres move to the top of the standings with a 3-3-2 WLT record for 11 points while Canadian Lions have a 0-5-2 winless record for two points.
Italia Shooters completed the double over Serbian White Eagles with a 2-0 victory before a large crowd at The Soccer Centre in Vaughan, many there to take in a game attended by AC Milan and Italy standout Gennaro Gatusso.
It was an attractive encounter with a number of close calls, but it wasn’t until the 68th minute that Denny Velestegui scored from the penalty spot awarded when Italia’s Sean Myers was tripped in the penalty box. Myers scored Italia’s second in the dying seconds of play, a shot just inside the post and to the left of Eagles’ goalkeeper Dusan Belic following a passing play with Geron Duporte.
Shooters are well in command of the International Division with a 7-1-2 record for 23 points, while Serbian White Eagles suffered their second loss for a 4-2-0 record for 12 points.
North York Astros and London City split their weekend games with a 2-1 win for Astros at Esther Shiner Stadium in North York following a 2-1 victory by London City on Friday night.
Forward Fedja Dimitrov opened the scoring at the 21st minute for London in Sunday’s game, but North York Astros responded with a goal four minutes later by Jose Perez, from the penalty spot, and the winner by forward Allessandro Bancheri 10 minutes into the second half.
North York improve to 3-3-1 for 10 points to open up a three way tie for second spot in the National Division with St. Catharines and Windsor. London City now has a 1-5-1 for four points.