TORONTO CROATIA THROUGH
Toronto Croatia eliminated reigning CPSL title holders Brampton Hitmen in their bid for a repeat of the CPSL Championship, by a 3-1 score in a fast-paced wild card game at Victoria Park in Brampton Friday night.
Croatia had to overcome a 1-0 half-time deficit to score three in the second half and earn a berth in the semi-final against Western Conference winners Hamilton Thunder on Saturday.
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Brampton opened the scoring at the 37th minute mark on a goal by Jonathan Bustamante for 1-0 at the break.
Toronto Croatia midfielder Zvjezdan Kresic tied the game at 51 minutes and Halburto Harris made it 2-1 at the 68th minute mark.
Brampton pressed for a late equalizer and twice missed close opportunities to beat Croatia goalkeeper George Azcurra, but Croatia put the game out of reach in injury time when forward Leo Laurito put the ball past Brampton �keeper Tony Swaminathan for a 3-1 final score officially recorded at 93 minutes.
Toronto Croatia will now meet Hamilton Thunder in the second semi-final Saturday, a 1 p.m. kickoff following the Toronto Supra vs. Vaughan Shooters semi-final at 10 o�clock in the morning.
Western Conference � quarter-final:
Toronto Croatia 5, Windsor Border Stars 0
Eastern Conference � quarter-final
Vaughan Shooters 5, Metro Lions 3
Toronto Croatia 3, Brampton Hitmen 1
Saturday, Oct. 9 at 10 a.m.Victoria Park: Toronto Supra vs. Vaughan Shooters
Saturday, Oct. 9 at 1 p.m.Victoria Park: Hamilton Thunder vs. Toronto Croatia
CPSL Championship Final:
Monday, Oct. 11, 3 p.m. Victoria Park, Brampton