Mississauga News: Olympians Attack Sizzling


Olympians' attack sizzling in CPSL victory over Astros

Jun 19, 2002

The Mississauga Olympians proved this weekend that sometimes the best defence can be an overpowering offence, as they throttled the North York Astros 8-0 in a Canadian Professional Soccer League (CPSL) match on Saturday.

Striker Darren Tilley led the Olympians with four goals while fellow striker Kevin De Serpa chipped in with two of his own in a game that at Esther Shiner Stadium in Toronto. Midfielders Aaron Benjamin and Jimmy Kuzmanovski added one marker each.

According to Mississauga head coach David Gee, once his team converted a penalty kick 15 minutes into the game, they never looked back.

Now sporting a 3-1 record and two wins in a row, Gee has raised his expectations for the team which was maintaining a .500 record.

"I think with the team we've now got put together, with one or two more players, we'd contend with the best teams," said Gee, who is looking for defensive help. "Before I was just going to evaluate us on a stepping stone basis."

The Olympians were supposed to play an away game against the Vaughan Sun Devils on Friday but it was postponed due to poor field conditions caused by rain.

However, the Toronto Croatia were able to play their only game of the weekend that day, travelling west to play the London City. Croatia came away with a 2-2 draw.

The tie left a small blemish on Croatia's record, breaking up the team's string of three straight wins to begin the season.

"We didn't work as hard as usual," said Toronto head coach Zarko Brala. "We came into London expecting three points."

Almost until midway through the second half, London had a two-goal lead until Croatia defenders Robert Fran and Nino Andrijevic were able to find the net.

"We're very lucky to get the one point," Brala said.

Croatia plays in Hamilton tomorrow to face the Thunder and comes home on Saturday to play the Ottawa Wizards. The Olympians will host St. Catharines Roma Friday.

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