Lynx PR: Controversial last minute penalty kick costs Lynx the win.




Date: Friday, April 26, 2002

Venue: University of Richmond Stadium

Attendance: 2,342

Kick Off Time: 7:00 p.m.

Final Score: Richmond 1 Toronto 1

Toronto Lynx 1-1 Richmond Kickers FINAL (OT)
**TOR 64'--RED CARD (Serioux)
**TOR 83'--Budalic
**RIC 90'--RED CARD (Kwaku)
**TOR 90'--RED CARD (Vincello)
**RIC 90'--Jeffrey (PK)

Match Summary: A questionable late penalty kick called at the 90th minute of play cost the Toronto Lynx a victory tonight as the club battled last season’s A-League regular season champions to a 1-1 tie. With the draw, Toronto earned its first point of the season. After a uneventful first half, Kitchener native Nikola Budalic scored his first career A-League goal against Ronnie Pascale at the 83rd minute mark to put the Lynx ahead 1-0. After Richmond failed to clear the ball, the rookie, who signed an amateur agreement with the club this season, fired the ball off both posts and in to give the Lynx the lead. Toronto could not hold on for the win however as Richmond superstar Kevin Jeffrey was awarded a penalty kick seven minutes later after a controversial hand ball call by the referee. His shot past goalkeeper Theo Zagar sent the game into overtime. In the extra frames both teams had their chances but were unable to register a goal. Toronto will look for its first win of the season Saturday night as the club continues its road trip with a match against the Hampton Roads Mariners.

First Half Highlights:

No Scoring

Second Half Highlights:

83rd min: After Richmond fails to clear the ball, rookie Budalic beats Pascale from 18 feet to score his first career A-League goal. 1-0 Toronto

90th min: Kicker’s 2001 leading scorer Jefferies is awarded a penalty kick after a controversial hand ball call. He scores, beating Zagar. Score Tied 1-1

Extra Time

No Scoring

Full Time


Toronto: Zagar, Reda, Thomas (Faria 70), Serioux, Kojic, Ashton, Aristodemo, Diplacido (Vincello 74), Vignjevic (Mattacchione 89), Budalic, Knights (Santillana 108)

Richmond: Pascale, McKay (Adu-Gyamfi 84), Luzak, Goodlett, Lekics, Ferruzzi (Ukrop 82), Burke (Munthali 101), Hayes, Knight, Jeffery (Myers 108), Dotsenko

Shots – Toronto: 19 Richmond: 22

Saves – Toronto: 12 Richmond: 6

Corner Kicks – Toronto: 3 Richmond: 9

Scorers – Toronto: Budalic (83) Richmond: Jeffrey PK (90)

Cautions – Toronto: Knights, Reda, Faria Richmond: Lekics, Knight, Jeffery, Ferruzzi

Ejections – Toronto: Serioux, Vincello Richmond: Adu-Gyamfi

Man of the Match: Marco Ferruzzi, Richmond

The Toronto Lynx’s (0-1-1) next game is Saturday, April 27th on the road versus the Hampton Roads Mariners (0-2-0) at 7:30 p.m.

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