THUNDER POWERFUL WITH 6-0 VICTORY
Hamilton Thunder and midfielder Stalin Cardenas were powerful with a 6-0 impressive victory over St. Catharines Wolves on Tuesday night.
Also impressive was newly-signed Leo Laurito who scored twice to lead Toronto Croatia to a 4-2 defeat of London City at Cove Road in London on Monday.
In CPSL action last weekend, Ottawa Wizards and Toronto Supra, both unbeaten and deadlocked at the top of the Eastern Conference standings, slugged it out for 90 minutes and ended with a 1-1 tie an Centennial Stadium in Etobicoke on Sunday afternoon.
At the same time, Brampton Hitmen were hoping to jump clear at the top of the Western Conference standings, but went down by a 2-1 score to Mississauga Olympians at Victoria Park in Brampton.
On Sunday afternoon also, Laval Dynamites showed gritty determination in coming back from a 2-0 deficit well into the second half to score twice and tie North York Astros in a tough encounter at Esther Shiner Stadium in North York, and in one other game played on Sunday, Metro Lions showed signs of living up to early season promise of being a playoff contender by thrashing the struggling Durham Flames 4-1 at Birchmount Stadium in Scarborough.
Stalin Cardenas scored a natural hat-trick to lead Hamillton Thunder to a resounding 6-0 thrashing of St. Catharines Wolves on Tuesday night, his goals coming at the 12th, 41st and 52nd minutes. Zeljko Dukic opened the scoring for Thunder just five minutes following the opening whistle.
David Moya struck Hamilton's fourth goal after 71 minutes and Srdjan Marcovic rounded off the scoring with the sixth goal 10 minutes from time.
The win opens a three-point gap at the top of the Western Conference, Hamilton now showing a 8-2-3 WLT record for 27 points, three points in front of Brampton Hitmen with a 7-3-3 record. The loss leaves St. Catharines with a 6-2-2 record and third place with 20 points.
Leo Laurito, transferred recently from Hamilton Thunder, opened the scoring at the 5 minute mark for Croatia in Monday's win over Open Canada Cup winner London City for a 1-0 half-time score.
Isa Bulku tied the score 1-1 for London just two minutes after the interval, then Laurito struck his second for a 2-1 Croatia lead three minutes later.
But the lead was short lived when London's Gentian Dervishi madeit 2-2 after 51 minutes. The game was heading for a tie until Toronto Croatia scored two quick goals just before the final whistle. Joe Draganic hit the first and Alberto Harris made sure of the win, a 4-2 final score one minute later.
Toronto Croatia improve to a 5-7-0 WLT record for 15 points, London City remain at the foot of the Western Conference with a 3-8-2 record for 11 points.
Picking up just two points in the back-to-back two-game visit to the Toronto area was a major disappointment for Ottawa Wizards who had some good scoring opportunities in the 1-1 tie with unbeaten Supra. But it was Toronto Supra that took a 1-0 lead on a goal at the 28th minute by Mike De Luca and it wasn�t until the 78th minute mark that defender Greg Jehs tied the score for the Wizards.
Ottawa and Toronto Supra are still unbeaten and deadlocked at the top of the Eastern Conference standings, each with a 8-0-4 record and 28 points, but the Wizards have a superior goal average.
Jimmy Kuzmanovski of Mississauga Olympians opened the scoring after eight minutes in their 2-1 win, John Matas made it 2-0 just before half-time and Hugo Herera struck the lone Brampton goal with six minutes remaining.
Francisco Dos Santos scored for North York Astros at the 41st minute mark for a 1-0 half-time score and Guillermo Compton Hall made it 2-0 after 75 minutes. Laval fought back and were rewarded with two goals, the first by Paolo Marabella at 78 minutes and the tying goal by Dave Cloutier seven minutes later for a 2-2 final score.
Metro Lions� 4-1 win was convincing against Durham Flames at Birchmount Stadium on goals by Craig Patton, Hayden Fitzwilliams, Kop Gabriel and Darryl Gomez, while Durham�s lone goal was struck by Mike Mason.