TOP WESTEN TEAMS BORDER STARS AND LONDON CITY BOTH CRASH 3-0
The strong play of Windsor Border Stars and London City resulting in recent important victories to put the two southwestern Ontario teams on top of the Western Conference came to an abrupt halt in the Canadian Professional Soccer League Friday when both teams were blanked 3-0 in their respective games.
Border Stars fell 3-0 away to Toronto Croatia at Memorial Park in Mississauga, while London City stumbled at home on the Cove Road ground, losing 3-0 to Vaughan Shooters.
Forward Edin Kalic opened the scoring for Toronto Croatia at the 30th minute mark, his fifth goal of the season, and Leo Laurito made it 2-0 just before the interval with a strike that entered the net off the crossbar.
Toronto Croatia midfielder Hugo Alstitud put the game out of reach when he won the ball in a goalmouth scramble to make it 3-0, the final score.
The win improves Croatia’s record to 4-5-3 WLT for 15 points, but the Mississauga-based team remains in fifth position in the Western Conference standings.
Vaughan Shooters showed some fight against London City in their quest for the Eastern Conference title and the determination paid off with an opening goal by midfielder Matt Palleschi at 30 minutes for a 1-0 half-time lead. Shooters’ forward Jose Aniekwe made it 2-0 three minutes into the second half and midfielder Riccardo Forno assured his side of the win with a goal at 80 minutes, a 3-0 final.
Vaughan defender Chris Turner was ejected at the 83rd minute mark on being shown his second yellow card.
Vaughan improves to 6-3-4 for 22 points in the eastern standings to narrow the gap with Metro Lions and Toronto Supra, both with 25 points.