ST. CATHARINES TRIUMPH 3-2 OVER HAMILTON THUNDER IN HOME OPENER
St. Catharines Wolves celebrated their home opener at Club Roma with a 3-2 win over last year�s Western Conference winners Hamilton Thunder in the only game scheduled in the Canadian Professional Soccer League Wednesday.
It was an important game for St. Catharines to win--before a home crowd in the first game of the new season, and also because the Garden City team lost the corresponding game by a 1-0 score last season and Hamilton completed the double with a humiliating 6-0 defeat of St. Catharines at Brian Timmis Stadium.
Joe Carbonara opened the scoring after 27 minutes for St. Catharines but the lead was short-lived when just four minutes later Cliff Riga tied the game for Hamilton.
Geoff Attard put St. Catharines 2-1 ahead at the 39th minute mark, but again Cliff Riga equalized for Thunder, a 2-2 tie at 54 minutes.
Carlo Arghittu struck the winner for Roma Wolves at the 81st minute mark and the 3-2 score held up despite late pressure from Hamilton.
Arghittu put everyone on notice in scoring the winner that he is bidding yet again for goalscoring honours following a magnificent tally of 18 goals last season in winning the CPSL scoring title.
It was the first win of the season for St. Catharines following a loss and a tie, while Hamilton Thunder have yet to win, with a 0-1-1 WLT record in the two games played to date.