Aaron Byrd, the outstanding former University of Detroit striker, now with Border Stars, toyed with the Durham Storm defence to hit six goals for the border team in an 8-1 rout at Oshawa Civic Stadium Friday night.
The 24 year-old has been on fire this past week, playing a big part in the Border Stars’ Open Canada Cup winning weekend when he struck a hat-trick in the semifinal on Sunday and an important single in the 3-0 Open Canada Cup final win over London City on Monday.
In another game played in the Canadian Professional Soccer League Friday, Toronto Croatia and Oakville Blue Devils failed in their attempt to go on top of their respective divisions following a 1-1 tie at Streetsville Memorial Park in the heart of Mississauga, Ontario.
Croatia holds the runner-up position in the Eastern Conference, while the Blue Devils have second spot in the west. A win for either team would have meant top position.
Nicholas Poku opened the scoring for the Blue Devils after 21 minutes and the score held up until the prolific Hayden Fitzwilliams tied the score for Toronto Croatia at the 80th minute mark.
Croatia’s Peter Curic was ejected at 88 minutes for dissent.
Toronto Croatia are still in second position in the Eastern Conference with a 9-1-5 WLT record for 32 points, that’s just a point behind Vaughan Shooters, while in the Western Conference, Oakville now has a 7-3-5 record for 26 points, that’s one behind top place Hamilton Thunder.
In the Border Stars vs Durham game, Byrd scored at 9, 29, 34, 83, 87 and 89 minutes, to lift his season tally to 16 in league and cup play. Midfielder Dan Savich at 56 minutes and Kevin McLellan at 60 minutes scored the other Border Stars’ goals, to give 22 year-old Yasuhiro Sasayama, playing just his second game in the Storm goal one of the busiest games of his career as a goalkeeper.
Interestingly, all Border Stars’ goals came after Edson Berceda opened the scoring in the first minute to give the home side Durham Storm the lead. The game was officiated by four women and reported as one of the best games refereed at the Oshawa Civic Stadium this season with only one caution handed out.
Border Stars move off the bottom position in the Western Conference standings, going to fourth place with a 6-9-2 record for 20 points and a slight edge on goal average over Brampton Stallions. Durham Storm continue at the foot of the Eastern Conference standing following their 12th loss of the season.