"After watching it on the replay
board, I felt I should have come for the throw in"
said the Lynx keeper. "(The own goal) really
killed us" said Pinnizotto.
The Rhinos would score their third goal in the 39th minute when Lenin Steenkamp fired a hard cross from the right side directly to the head of Jimmy Glenn who put the ball just inside the right post.
Larkin said "We were back on
our heels a bit and they kept coming. It's going to
happen against a good team like Rochester".
The second half was fairly uneventful until the 82nd minute when Steenkamp brought down Kevin de Surpa inside the box. Gaucho gave Rhinos and Canadian National team keeper Pat Onstad no chance on the penalty and the Lynx had their ellusive first goal.
While obviously unhappy, Pinnizotto was philosphical about the loss. "In the first half we gave them too much space and they took advantage of our mistakes. When you play against an experienced team like they have, you're going to pay for it. I thought we showed a lot of positive signs in the second half. We adjusted and started to play better but it was too late. I think we are going to regroup and win some games."
Rhinos head coach Pat Ercoli
sympathized with the plight of the young Lynx team,
"They have a young team. They're searching for
some unity and leadership I'm sure. We put a little
more pressure on them. They had three guys at the
back and when we applied pressure, we were forcing
The Lynx play their Varsity Stadium home opener on Sunday, May 30th against the Jacksonville Cyclones. Kickoff on "Parade of Champions Day" is 6:00pm.
Other notes: Brazilian striker Jefferson has been released. ..... The Lynx were missing five starters - Edu (family illness in Brazil), Milan Kojic (red card suspension), Ricardo Munguia, (red card suspension), Edgar Bartolomeo and Tony Precci (work permits). ..... Receiving minor injuries in the match were Chris Pozniak (back) and Kevin de Serpa (knee). Both are expected to be fine for the next match on May 30th. ..... Rochester will play three exhibition matches versus MLS opposition - Kansas City Wizards (May 31) - New York / New Jersey MetroStars (June 16) - Columbus Crew (July 20). ..... Rochester head coach Pat Ercoli is a native of Toronto and played for the old NASL Rochester Lancers from 1978 to 1980.
Rhinos (3) 3, Toronto (0) 1
Goals: Mauro Biello (16) Joe Mattacchione-OG (30)
Jimmy Glenn (39) for Rochester - Gaucho (83) for Toronto
Referee: Paul Tamborino
Caution: Yari Allnut (2), Doug Millar (90) for Rochester
Rhinos: Onstad - Restrepo (Razala, 45), Demmin,
Hardy, Kirmse (Mercik, 76), - Daligcon (Sedgewick, 69),
Steenkamp, Allnutt (Miller, 54), Biello, - Glenn, Tilley
- Coach: Pat Ercoli
Subs Not Used: Domm, Thompson
Jim Larkin - Reda, Serious, Mattacchione, Ryta (Black,
45), Ashton, Guacho, Holness, DiPlacido (de Serpa, 36),
Buzali, Pozniak (Arghittu, 69)
Subs Not Used: Zagar, Coach: Peter Pinizzotto
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