METRO LIONS NIP LONDON CITY 3-2
HUGO ALSTITUD - Toronto Croatia midfielder put the game out of reach with a goal at the 80th minute.
Metro Lions held on to defeat London City 3-2 at Birchmount Stadium Sunday, a game in which Lions held a 3-0 lead into the second half but which London bounced back to strike twice before running out of time.
It was the only regular league game played in the Canadian Professional Soccer League.
On Saturday, Toronto Supra, assisted by a hat-trick from forward Adam Pacheco, overpowered St. Catharines Wolves 7-1 in the only CPSL game that day.
On Friday night, both Windsor Border Stars and London City suffered 3-0 defeats following a successful run for both teams that put them at the top of the Western Conference standings.
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.
Craig Patton opened the scoring with a low shot inside the 6-yard line at the 17th minute for Metro Lions in the 3-2 win over London City, and Gabriel Salustius made it 2-0 for Lions at 39 minutes, the half-time score. It was Patton's sixth goal of the season.
Gregory Messam increased the Metro Lions lead to 3-0 at 65 minutes, and London's Paul Munster replied with a goal four minutes later. It was Munster's 16th of the season.
Miguel Knox scored a second for London City at the 87th minute, for a 3-2 final score.
Metro Lions now have a 8-1-4 WLT record for 28 points, tied for top position in the Eastern Conference with Toronto Supra.
This was London City's second loss over the weekend, the southwestern Ontario side remains at 6-5-2, one point behind Border Stars in the west.
Adam Pacheco's three goals for Toronto Supra in the 7-1 defeat of St.Catharines Wolves on Saturday, came at 11, 42 and 47 minutes with singles coming from Danny Amaral at 25 minutes, his fifth of the season, and Fabio Silva at the 35th minute.
Mikhail Gouchtchine scored twice for Supra, at the 51st and 59th minute, while St. Catharines'lone marker was scored by Jim Orland at 36 minutes. It was 4-1 at half-time.
The win moves Toronto Supra tied on top of the Eastern Conference with a 8-1-4 WLT record for 28 points, the same as Metro Lions.
On Friday night, 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.
Also on Friday, 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.