HITMEN SWAMP DURHAM STORM 8-0
HALBURTO HARRIS -- Toronto Croatia midfielder struck twice in 8-0 win over Durham Storm Friday night.
Brampton Hitmen, led by three goals from forward Paul Daccobert and two by midfielder Bayete Smith, overwhelmed Durham Storm 8-0 at Victoria Park in Brampton Sunday afternoon, the only game played in the Canadian Professional Soccer League. It was the second 8-0 loss by the Durham Region team in three days after losing by the same score to Toronto Croatia on Friday night.
Other victories over the weekend saw Windsor Border Stars defeat London City 4-1, a game played at Pontiac, Michigan on Saturday and that same night at The Soccer Centre in Vaughan just north of Toronto, Vaughan Shooters blanked North York Astros, 3-0.
On Friday night, in addition to the 8-0 win by Toronto Croatia over Durham Storm at the Civic Centre in Oshawa, Toronto Supra shutout Brampton Hitmen, 2-0 at Centennial Stadium in Etobicoke.
Brampton captain Phil Ionadi opened the scoring against Durham Storm on Sunday with a goal at 6 minutes, Bayete Smith added a second five minutes later and forward Kurt Mella struck a third at 41 minutes for a 3-0 score at the break.
Paul Daccobert scored his first of three for 4-0 at 61 minutes, defender Milodrag Akmadzic hit the fifth Brampton goal four minutes later, Daccobert scored his second for 6-0 at 70 minutes, Smith struck his second for 7-0 one minute later and Daccobert completed his hat-trick at 78 minutes for the 8-0 final score.
The win lifts the Hitmen to third position in the Western Conference standings with a 6-6-5 record for 23 points, six behind Hamilton Thunder and four in arrears of Border Stars. Brampton Hitmen have three regular league games remaining, all at home.
Border Stars took the lead against London City on Saturday with a goal at the 20th minute mark by forward Dan Kolic and Steve Wonsch made it 2-0 four minutes later, his seventh goal of the season.
Aaron Byrd increased the lead to 3-0 at 57 minutes, his eighth of the season and Neil McGill made it 4-0 at 84 minutes before Paul Munster struck for London two minutes later, his 19th goal of the 2004 campaign.
Border Stars improve to an 8-5-3 WLT record for 27 points to close the gap on leaders Hamilton Thunder with 29 points, both teams have four games remaining.
London City are at 6-8-2 for 20 points.
Forward Marco Casilinuovo opened the scoring for Vaughan Shooters at 73 minutes following an even first half with North York Astros on Saturday, and Angelo Pollestrone made it 2-0 four minutes later. Jose Aniekwe put the game out of reach for Shooters with a third goal at the 86th minute mark for a 3-0 final.
Vaughan Shooters now have a 10-3-4 record for 34 points and now train Toronto Supra by just three points in the eastern standings.
The Toronto Supra vs. Brampton game was even during the first half on Friday night until Supra struck with two goals just before half-time.
With the game closing in on the break, Domagoj Sain scored for Supra at the 44th minute mark and just two minutes later Supra forward Danny Amaral took a cross from Pedro Dias on the left wing to make it 2-0 which held up to the end.
In the second game on Friday night, Durham Storm failed to cope with the much superior Toronto Croatia and with four goals in each half the Mississauga-based outplayed the home opposition 8-0.
Croatia forward Leo Laurito scored twice at nine and 40 minutes, and Halburto Harris also scored two (11 and 48 minutes), while singles went to Ante Pavlovic (43 minutes),
Edin Kalic, his sixth of the season at 58 minutes, Antonijo Zupan (67 minutes) and Zyjen Kresic at 70 minutes.
Toronto Croatia improve to 6-7-3 for 21 points, eight behind Hamilton Thunder and six behind Border Stars.