CROATIA NIP HITMEN 2-1 WHILE SHOOTERS, BORDER STARS TIE 2-2
PAUL MUNSTER--Runaway leader of scoring title scores 20th of the season
Toronto Croatia scored a crucial 2-1 win over Brampton Hitmen at Victoria Park in Brampton Sunday, to give the Mississauga-based team a tie for the runner-up position with Windsor Border Stars in the Western Conference of the Canadian Professional Soccer League and in one other game, Vaughan Shooters and the Border Stars battled to a 2-2 tie at The Soccer Centre in Vaughan.
Windsor Border Stars got off on the right foot on Saturday night, scoring a 3-0 shutout win over North York Astros at The Soccer Centre.
The final weekend of the regular season started with two games on Friday night when Toronto Supra became outright winners of the Eastern Conference with a 3-1 victory over London City at Centennial Stadium in Etobicoke, while in the second game, played at the Civic Stadium in Oshawa, Durham Storm continued its late-season surge with a 3-2 win over St. Catharines Wolves to give the Durham Region team its second win of the season and a three-game unbeaten string.
A highlight of the last Friday night of the CPSL regular season was the 20th strike of the 2004 campaign by London City standout Paul Munster who slammed his goal into the Toronto Supra net to continue as the runaway leader of the CPSL scoring title. The Northern Ireland born Munster is six in front of Supraís captain Danny Amaral who scored twice to lead his team to the 3-1 win.
Marco Milicevic opened the scoring for Toronto Croatia on Sunday, scoring at the 14th minute mark and the goal held up until the 85th minute when Bramptonís Paul Daccobert tied the game 1-1 with his 8th goal of the season.
With seconds to go and the game looking like a 1-1 tie, forward Leo Laurito score the winner for Toronto Croatia at the 92nd minute mark, beating Hitmen Ďkeeper Tony Swaminathan at close range for a 2-1 final.
Toronto Croatia finishes the season with a 9-7-4 WLT record for 31 points while Brampton Hitmen are at 7-7-5 for 26 points and one game remaining, against London City on Wednesday.
Border Starsí Mike Perica opened the scoring for his team at the 36th minute in the 2-2 tie with Vaughan Shooters on Sunday and it was Angelo Pollastrone of Shooters who tied the game 1-1 at 76 minutes.
Filip Rocca put Border Stars in front two minutes later, a goal from the penalty spot and Joey Todaro scored his eighth of the season at 82 minutes to salvage a tie for the home Vaughan Shooters, a 2-2 final score.
Vaughan Shooters end the regular season with a 11-4-5 record for 38 points and the runner-up position in the Eastern Conference, while Border Stars also pick up a point for a 9-7-4 record, second behind Hamilton Thunder.
Filip Rocca opened the scoring for Border Stars following a scoreless first half on Saturday night when he headed in to beat Astrosí goalkeeper Sherwin Ramsey for a 1-0 lead at the 53rd minute mark.
Forward Steve Wonsch made it 2-0 at 62 minutes, capitalizing on a rebound from Ramsey in the Astrosí net and Aaron Byrd completed the scoring when he picked up the ball just inside the North York half to go all the way for a 3-0 final score.
North York Astros now have a 3-12-4 record and they too have one game remaining, against Metro Lions at The Soccer Centre on Tuesday.
Jose Moreira opened the scoring for Supra at the sixth minute mark on Friday and captain Danny Amaral made it 2-0 at 28 minutes for a 2-0 half-time score
Paul Munster of London City struck at the 54th minute his 20th of the season to cut the lead to 2-1, but in a hard-fought late second half Danny Amaral scored his second and 14th of the season to give Toronto Supra a 3-1 victory and the Eastern Conference title.
Supra now have a 13-1-4 WLT record for 43 points, and have two games remaining in the regular season against Durham Storm and Metro Lions.
St. Catharines veteran midfielder Lucio Ianeiro opened the scoring at the 15 minute mark for his team at the Civic Stadium in Oshawa but Stormís Edson Bersedan tied the game for a 1-1 score at the break.
Domico Coddington put Durham ahead, Paul Rayment made it 3-1 and St. Catharinesí Tony Carbonara cut the lead to 3-2 in the closing minutes for the final score.
Durham improves to 2-16-1 for 7 points and with one game remaining will end the season at the foot of the Eastern Conference and St. Catharines are in a similar position in the west, they have a 3-11-5 record for 14 points with one game to go.