777 S.C. SURVIVE WEATHER TO DEFEAT CAPITAL UNITED IN OPEN CANADA CUP
777 Soccer Club, a team in the Toronto Soccer Association, advanced with a 3-2 overtime win over Capital United from Ottawa in the only game played in the Open Canada Cup on Saturday.
Another Open Canada Cup game, Hearts S.C. vs. Peniche S.C., both from Toronto and scheduled to play in the second game on Saturday night at The Soccer Centre in Vaughan, was postponed due to a waterlogged ground and the threat of lightning.
This game has been rescheduled to be played at The Soccer Centre on Monday, May 24 at 4 pm.
Sergio Rivadeneira opened the scoring for 777 at the 15th minute mark of the first game on Saturday night, and the 1-0 score held up until just one minute before the interval when Capital United’s Morris Richard made it 1-1.
Carlos Dias made it 2-1 for 777 at the 70th minute, but Julien Holdrinet made it 2-2 for the capital city team nine minutes later.
The game went into 2 x 15 minutes golden goal overtime, but was held up after six minutes due to bad weather.
The game resumed following a 22-minute delay, and five minutes following the resumption of play Kyle Jones of 777 scored a golden goal for the 3-2 win.
Real Vaughan, a team from Richmond Hill just north of Toronto in the OSL Regional League, made amends for their quick early exit in the 2003 Open Canada Cup when Friday night they defeated Ottawa Royals by a 2-1 overtime score to advance to Round Two and a big game against the CPSL’s Metro Lions the beginning of July.
The Real win was one of two Open Canada Cup games played Friday, the other to the west of the GTA where in London the AEK London locals scored a convincing 3-0 shutout over Woodbridge Sora.
Friday’s games launched the 2004 CPSL season with eight Open Canada Cup games scheduled this Victoria Day holiday weekend, together with one regular season league game and a showdown that brings together CPSL champs Brampton Hitmen and last year’s Open Canada Cup victors London City.
Real opened the scoring at The Soccer Centre on a goal after 39 minutes by Rag Assamd, but Dan Cheney leveled the score for Ottawa on penalty kick after 63 minutes.
With the game tied 1-1 after 90 minutes and the game in overtime, Jeff Gonselves scored the golden goal winner after 104 minutes of play, just before the overtime interval.
In last year’s Open Canada Cup, Real were eliminated by a 2-1 score by Benfica of Toronto in the Preliminary Round.
AEK London looked strong yet again with their 3-0 shutout and will meet Durham Storm, the CPSL’s newest entry, in Round Two at the beginning of July.
Last year the London side romped 6-0 over Woodbridge Azzurri and surprised the CPSL’s Mississauga Olympians, 2-1, before losing to Durham Flames, 3-0, in Round Three.
Terry Peak (11 minutes), Martin Painter (70 minutes) and Selam Kaddory (89 minutes) struck for AEK in Friday's win.