MARCINA HITS SECOND HAT-TRICK AS OTTAWA WIZARDS CRUSH DURHAM FLAMES 8-1
Ottawa Wizards and Laval Dynamites both won back-to-back games as the Canadian Professional Soccer League moved into high gear with six games over the second full weekend of the new season.
The Wizards, defending champions of the CPSL, blanked Toronto Croatia, 2-0, on Saturday and really played with a purpose in crushing Durham Flames, 8-1, at the OZ Stadium on Sunday.
Les Dynamites, now listed as Laval Dynamites following the name change from the 2002 season, enjoyed an opening season 3-2 edge over Durham Flames on Saturday and a 3-0 shutout over Toronto Croatia Sunday, both games at Vanier Stadium in Laval.
In other games, North York Astros picked up their first win of the season on Friday night, defeating London City, 2-0, at the Cove Road ground in London and in the late game played Sunday night, Toronto Supra picked up their second win of the season, blanking Mississauga Olympians 2-0 at Centennial Stadium in Etobicoke.
One game was postponed on Friday, the Vaughan Sun Devils home clash with Brampton Hitmen due to be played at Dufferin Clark on Friday night was called off due to heavy rains.
Alen Marcina, a 24 year old striker and recent signing by Ottawa Wizards, tore the Durham Flames defense apart with three goals in the first 22 minutes of the 8-1 win on Sunday afternoon and by half-time the score was 6-0 on goals also by Abraham Osman 28 minutes, his first of two in the game, and Kevin Nelson at the 37th and 40th minute mark.
Robert Dow added a goal for Ottawa after 75 minutes and Osman scored his second 12 minutes later. Mike Mason struck the lone marker for the Flames in injury time for an 8-1 final score.
The hat-trick is the second by Marcina this season, he scored three in the Wizardsí 4-2 win over St. Catharines Roma Wolves on June 8.
The Wizards were fully extended by Toronto Croatia in a thriller at OZ Stadium on Saturday afternoon, a game that was in doubt until the last few minutes when the Wizards scored their second goal in the 2-0 win on goals by Kevin Nelson after 43 minutes and newcomer Charles Gbeke three minutes from time. Peter Mponda, the Malawi international, played a part in both goals including his corner kick for the second Ottawa goal. The Wizards have a 3-0-1 WLT record and are off to a flying start leading the Eastern Conference with 10 points.
The Laval Dynamites 3-2 home win against Durham Flames was played in light rain throughout. Johmo Welch opened the scoring for the Flames at the 10 minute mark and Kyriakos (Kit) Selaidopoulos tied for score for the Dynamites at 36 minutes, a 1-1 score at half-time.
Laval took the lead after 55 minutes on a goal by Vladmir Edourd and the Quebec side jumped into a 3-1 lead after 81 minutes on a strike by Paul Daccobert.
Durhamís David Mills reduced the lead to 3-2 in the dying minutes.
Itís the fourth loss in five games for Durham Flames who are on a 1-4-0 WLT record since opening the season on May 24.
Leo Incollingo opened the scoring after 27 minutes for Laval in the 3-0 shutout of Toronto Croatia on Sunday, with Nasson Theosmy (37 minutes) and Nick Kotirotti (44 minutes) adding the other two first half markers.
Toronto Supra left midfielder Savio Silva led his team with both goals to the 2-0 win over Mississauga Olympians on Sunday night, scoring one in each half at the 42nd and 54th minutes. Itís Supraís second win, having defeated North York Astros, 1-0, on June 8.
Kadian Lecky opened the scoring at the 25th minute mark for the Astros on Friday night, and Kurt Ramsey made it 2-0 five minutes later.
Isa Bulku almost pulled a goal back for London 10 minutes later, a header that looked like a picture goal but the ball scraped the outside of the post with Astros'goalkeeper Luciano Miranda well beaten.
London's Andrew Loague and Gentian Buzali had similar opportunities for London in the first half.