VAUGHAN SHOOTERS KEEP PACE WITH 3-1 VICTORY OVER ST CATHARINES
SASA MILAIMOVIC - Opened the scoring with a goal at 22 minutes for Hamilton Thunder.
Third-place Vaughan Shooters kept pace with the Eastern Conference leaders with a 3-1 victory over St. Catharines Wolves at Club Roma, St. Catharines, the only game played in the Canadian Professional Soccer League Wednesday.
On Tuesday night,North York Astros came back from a 1-0 half-time deficit to salvage a 1-1 tie with Hamilton Thunder at The Soccer Centre in Vaughan.
Forward Sasa Milaimovic opened the scoring for Hamilton when he found the net at the 22nd minute mark and the score held up to the interval.
Astros tied the game at 51 minutes when pressure on the Hamilton goal paid of with a strike by former Toronto Croatia midfielder Alen Majstorovic.
St.Catharines held a 1-0 half-time lead over Vaughan Shooters on a goal at eight minutes by Gary McGuchan on Wednesday night, but it was a different story in the second half when Joey Todaro added to his already outstanding play to tie the score 1-1 at 51 minutes.
Matt Palleschi made it 2-1 for Vaughan at the 60th minute and the team from just north of Toronto were well in control as the game progressed and Fitzroy Powell increased the lead to 3-1 at the 84th minute mark, the final score.
The score could have been higher but for the strong play of Vince Lepiani in the St. Catharines goal, the reserve team goalkeeper playing his first CPSL game of the season during the suspension of regular 'keeper Claudio Perri.
Referee Ian Adair handed out seven yellow cards in an otherwise clean encounter.
Vaughan Shooters improve to a 7-3-4 WLT record for 25 points to narrow the gap with Metro Lions and Toronto Supra, each with 28.
St. Catharines continue to struggle at the foot of the Western Conference standings with a 2-8-5 record for 11 points.
The Astros need all the points they can muster as teams scramble for the vital third position in the standings for a berth in the playoffs. The team from North York now has a 3-6-4 WLT record for 13 points in fourth spot in the Eastern Conference and trail third-place Vaughan Shooters by 12 points.
Thunder�s playoff prospects are brighter with a 4-3-5 record for 17 points, three behind second place London City following Tuesday's game.