With the resumption of regular league play following the Open Canada Cup Labour Day weekend, St. Catharines Wolves and Toronto Supra both failed to gain full points in their ongoing battle for a third place playoff position as a result of a 1-1 tie at Club Roma in St. Catharines Wednesday.
It was the only game scheduled in the Canadian Professional Soccer League and St. Catharines were fighting for a berth in the Western Conference, while Toronto Supra have just a faint hope for a playoff position in the east.
Selmir Sehic opened the scoring for the visitors after just two minutes and held the 1-0 lead until almost to halftime when defender Frank Del Priore tied the game 1-1 for St. Catharines.
The 1-1 held to the end, but with just three minutes to the final whistle, referee Mike Roeken was forced to pull out two red cards to eject St. Catharines' Mark Konert and Supra's Martin Peraza following an altercation.
St. Catharines now have a 6-8-4 WLT record for 22 points and third place in the west where a close playoff race is still taking place with just five points separating the last four teams. Toronto Supra has a 3-6-7 record for 16 points in the east and trail third-place Laval Dynamites by 13 points.
On Labour Day Monday, Windsor Border Stars won their second Open Canada Cup in succession with a 3-0 defeat of London City at the Cove Road ground at London.
The border team, supported by sponsors and fans from Windsor and the parts of Michigan, scored three goals after the interval following a scoreless first half to carry off a trophy now in its fourth year and designed to expand into a championship for senior amateur and professional clubs across Canada.
Border Stars’ forward Radek Papiez struck the first two goals at 49 and 51 minutes and these were followed by a goal by midfielder Aaron Byrd at 82 minutes to complete the scoring.
To reach the final, Border Stars defeated Laval Dynamites 5-0 and London City edged Vaughan Shooters 3-2 in the semifinals Sunday.
This is the second year Border Stars have won the Open Canada Cup, having defeated Ottawa St. Anthony Italia in penalty kicks following overtime in 2004. It is the team’s third major title since launching last season, having won the American Indoor Soccer League (AISL) title last winter.
Asked about the weekend’s sudden success while the team has struggled at the foot of the Western Conference all season, Border Stars’ Jeff Hodgson said: “We’ve had a tough year so far, but many of our players are a bit older with a lot of experience and come through when it really counts. We’re going for a playoff spot now.”