Brampton Guardian: Hitmen Extend Unbeaten Streak
Hitmen extend unbeaten streak
FRANK JUZENAS, Staff Writer - Wednesday, August 7th, 2002
Brampton Hitmen extended their unbeaten streak in the Canadian Professional Soccer League (CPSL) to three games with a pair of ties with Mississauga Olympians.
Hitmen and Olympians tied 1-1 Saturday at Victoria Park Stadium. The teams had also met Thursday in Mississauga, with the same result, a 1-1 tie.
While the Hitmen had opportunities Saturday the only player to score was Yusif Jamamdo just three minutes into the second half. Shannon Machedo had the Mississauga goal in the first half.
Paolo Ceccarelli had a strong game in goalkeeping the Olympians off the board after that, making some good saves.
Coach Steve Nijjar was pleased to get the tie, although he naturally would have preferred a victory.
“Everybody played well, we should have won,’’ he said. “We had opportunities. The players at the top have to finish.’’
Nijjar said he was happy with the team’s defensive performance.
“From the back out. Paolo Ceccarelli, the defenders, the midfielders all played well. The forwards just didn’t score,’’ he said.
He said the Hitmen will go back to the drawing board to increase their offensive output.
On Thursday, Milodrag Akmaedzic had the only goal for the Hitmen.
The results leave the Hitmen at 3-6-4 with 13 points, tied for fourth in the Western Conference. However, Hamilton Thunder which also has 13 points, has four games in hand.
Olympians are second in the West at 5-2-3, with 18 points.
Brampton has a busy weekend ahead. Saturday they travel to meet the Durham Flames in the opening game of a two-game aggregate goals CPSL League Cup quarter-final. The return engagement is Aug. 18 at Victoria Park Stadium at 7 p.m.
Durham defeated the Hitmen 2-1 in a league game the last time the teams met.
Hitmen are also at home Sunday in league play as they host NCTO team at 7:30 p.m. Brampton does have a favourable schedule over the remainder of the season. Of six league games left, only two are on the road.
Hitmen are also hosting a dinner/dance fundraiser Aug. 16 at Caesar’s Banquet Hall, 12495 Hwy. 50 and Industrial Rd. Cost is $60 per person. For information check the team’s web site at www.bramptonhitmen.org or order tickets from firstname.lastname@example.org.
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