Lynx PR: Vingjevic hits post in the final minute as Lynx drop opener
by Newswire

Toronto Lynx Game Report



Date: Saturday, April 20, 2002

Venue: Bethel Park Stadium (Pittsburgh)

Attendance: 2,068

Kick Off Time: 7:35 p.m.

Final Score: Pittsburgh 2 Toronto 1

Match Summary: Phil Karn and Michael Apple each recorded a goal and an assist as the Pittsburgh Riverhounds defeated the Toronto Lynx 2-1 tonight in the A-League season opener for both teams. Pittsburgh opened the scoring in the 10th minute of play when forward Phil Karn headed the ball past Lynx goalkeeper Theo Zagar for a 1-0 lead. Toronto responded at the 40th minute mark of the first half when midfielder David Diplacido scored off a rebounded shot from forward Irasto Knights to level the score at 1-1. In the second half a strong defensive effort by the Lynx limited the Riverhounds’ scoring chances. However, Michael Apple was able to kick the winning goal past Zagar in the 82nd minute to give the hounds a 2-1 lead which they would not relinquish. Lynx midfielder Nikki Vignjevic almost tied the game in the last minute of play but his shot rang off the post. With the loss the Lynx drop to 0-1 on the season and 2-3-1 all-time in season openers.

First Half Highlights:

10th min: Off a thrown-in, Potteiger plays the ball to Apple who heads the ball over to Karn who heads the ball past Zagar. 1-0 Pittsburgh

40th min: Knights' shot is stopped by Dedini but the rebound goes to Diplacido who comes in from the right side and fires the ball past Dedini. Score Tied 1-1

Second Half Highlights:

82nd min: Karn feeds Apple who rifles a shot top corner past Zagar. 2-1 Pittsburgh

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Toronto: Zagar, Kojic, Reda, Serioux, Vincello (Santillana 76), Aristodemo, Budalic, Diplacido, Thomas, Vignjevic, Knights

Pittsburgh: Dedini, Sahaydak, Green, Tripoli, Garry (Johnson 45), Potteiger, Worthen (DePalma 83), Houser, Flavius (Gutierrez 45), Karn, Apple

Shots – Toronto 9 Pittsburgh 5

Saves – Toronto 1 Pittsburgh 3

Corner Kicks -- Toronto: 2 Pittsburgh: 3

Scorers -- Toronto: Diplacido (Knights) (41) Pittsburgh: Karn (Apple) (10), Apple (Karn) (82)

Cautions -- Toronto: Diplacido, Kojic, Vincello, Serioux Pittsburgh: Green, Sahaydak, Apple, Johnson

Ejections -- Toronto: None Pittsburgh: None

Man of the Match: Michael Apple, Pittsburgh (1 goal, 1 assist)

The Lynx next game is Friday, April 26th on the road versus the Richmond Kickers at 7:00 p.m.

Toronto Media Relations Contact: Eric Michalko (416) 251-4625, ext. 25

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