HITMEN DOWN WESTERN LEADERS BORDER STARS 2-1 SATURDAY
KEVIN NELSON - Second half goal at 48 minutes was not enough for Hamilton Thunder in 2-1 defeat by Toronto Supra
Brampton Hitmen picked up an important win in a battle for top of the Western Conference standings, a 2-1 defeat of Border Stars at Windsor Stadium, the only game played in the Canadian Professional Soccer League Saturday.
On Friday night, Metro Lions continued on their winning way with a resounding 6-0 defeat of Durham Storm in one of three games played that night.
The victory, at the Civic Stadium in Oshawa, gives the Lions a 7-game winning streak in league and open Canada Cup competition since June 8 and maintains the Scarborough-based teamís position on top of the Eastern Conference. It is the second 6-0 loss for Durham Storm following a similar loss against Border Stars on July 10 and itís the Durham Region teamís eighth loss in as many games in league competition.
In another game Friday, Toronto Supra continue to look impressive following their 2-1 victory over Hamilton Thunder at Centennial Stadium in Etobicoke to maintain Supraís record as the only CPSL team unbeaten in the current league campaign. Supra have lost just two games since September 2002. Both were near the end of the 2003 season.
In the third game played Friday, London City were held to a 2-2 tie by Toronto Croatia at Cove Road, London in a mid-table battle to make progress in the Western Conference.
Following a scoreless, fast-paced opening, Filip Rocca opened the scoring for the Windsor-based team at 41 minutes, a 1-0 half-time score.
Just one minute after the resumption, at 46 minutes, midfielder Bayete Smith scored an equalizer for the Hitmen and the 1-1 score held for most of the second half until at the 81st minute forward Ivan Jurisic struck the all-important winner for the Hitmen.
The 2-1 result brought three points to bring the 2003 CPSL champions to a 4-3-2 WLT record and 14 points--that's two short of Border Stars with their 5-2-1 record and 16 points, still holding top position in the Western Conference
Hayden Fitzwilliams scored twice for Metro Lions in the 6-0 win on Friday, at 6 and 19 minutes after Lionsí forward Craig Patton opened the scoring five minutes after the kickoff, his fifth goal of the season.
The 3-0 half-time score was increased to 4-0 by Aaron Benjamin at 52 minutes, Caswain Mason made it 5-0 at the 68th minute mark and Justin Phillips at 85 minutes completed the scoring for a 6-0 final.
Metro Lions improve to a 6-1-1 WLT record for 19 points.
Michael Diluca opened the scoring for Toronto Supra at the 9th minute mark on Friday, his sixth of the season, and Fabio Silva made it 2-0 at 16 minutes, the half-time score. Kevin Nelson struck for Hamilton at the 48th minute mark and while both teams had opportunities to score, Supra held on for the 2-1 win.
Toronto Supra now have a 5-0-2 record for 17 points in second position in the east, while Thunder are at 2-3-1 for 7 points.
Midfielder Attila Salamon scored the tying goal for London City at the 90th minute mark in the 2-2 deadlock in a hard-fought game at Cove Road, also on Friday, a game that started with a goal by Londonís Paul Munster, his 7th of the season after just three minutes.
Toronto Croatia forwards Leo Laurito and Edin Kalic scored at 66 minutes and 75 minutes respectively, in a game that saw City defender Marco Peeters ejected at the 57th minute mark.
London City improve to a 3-2-1 record for 10 points in third position in the west, while Croatia are fourth in the standings with eight points.