Press Release - Weekend Games
by Bill Spiers
From the CPSL:
High Flying Supra on top
TORONTO OLYMPIANS SUFFER RARE DEFEAT
VAUGHAN, Ontario--Monday, June 4--2001
New entry Toronto Supra have done the rounds in past years as a member of leagues gone by, such as the CNSL and the Puma League, and in recent times the team was prominent in the Premier Division, an elite group of teams in the amateur Toronto Soccer Association.
"But we knew we were stepping up quite a bit in joining the CPSL," said Isaac Cambas, the club's owner.
Much to the team's surprise, the opening two games were a breeze, with Supra winning 4-1 in the opener at London City and this was followed up by an 8-1 thumping of Glen Shields Sun Devils on Sunday. "But we are not getting carried away by these results," said Cambas. "We know the tough part of the schedule is yet to come." The Glen Shields collapse was due in part to having two players ejected, one in each half, but it was evident early in the game that the Supra attack was going to be difficult to contain and the goals eventually piled up with two each from Samuel Afriyie and Pedro Dias, with singles from Garvin Houston, Paulo Valdez, Jason Faria and Raffael Wrobel. It was 3-0 at half-time and Marco Casanuoluo tallied the lone goal for Glen Shields.
Another rout over the weekend took place at Cove Road in London where Montreal Dynamites blanked London City, 5-0, for the City's second defeat in as many games. Jerry Pean and Kyraikos Selaidopoulos each struck for two for Montreal and Bruno Nue scored the fifth.
OLYMPIANS EDGED BY DURHAM FLAMES
Toronto Olympians took just their second loss in regular season league play in three seasons when edged 2-1 by Durham Flames at the Civic Stadium in Oshawa on Sunday. The rare defeat of the perennial champions was well deserved according to Olympians' GM David Gee following the game. Durham played very well--they deserved to win," he said. Craig Patton, his second of the season, and Terry Lazarus scored for the Flames, with Paul Moore scoring the lone Olympians marker.
Brampton Hitmen opened the season against St. Catharines Wolves amid considerable fanfare at the Victoria Park ground when the army scaled the walls just before kickoff. The entertaining game with good pace was televised live by Rogers and ended in a 1-1 tie on goals by Wolves' Gary Hughes, a penalty kick, with second half substitute Yusip Jawando scoring the equalizer.
North York Astros opened their home season against Toronto Croatia at Esther Shiner Stadium with attendance from students of Baycrest Public School. Many students made it clear that the Astros are "our team" following a period in which the North York Club assisted in the school's soccer program. The Astros remained unbeaten with a 1-1 tie to go with the 2-0 win over York Region Shooters on May 27. Istvan Dombovari scored the opening goal for the Astros, with Peter Curic tying the score in the second half for Croatia.
London City hosted Ottawa Wizards at Cove Road to open the weekend games on Friday night, but ground conditions forced an abandonement at half time without a goal being scored and the game will be rescheduled.
SUPRA AT ST. CATHARINES
There is one midweek game in the CPSL when league leading Toronto Supra visit Club Roma for a clash with St. Catharines Roma Wolves on Wednesday, an 8.15 p.m. kickoff. It's the opening home game for St. Catharines.
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