Toronto Sun: Own goal lifts Lynx out of the basement

Own goal lifts Lynx out of the basement

By MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

The most important goal of the season for the Toronto Lynx was scored by a Pittsburgh Riverhounds defender.

The offensively challenged Lynx netted the winner on a fluke deflection in overtime as Toronto snapped a six-game losing streak with a 2-1 win over the Riverhounds in an A-League soccer game before a sellout crowd of 3,500 yesterday at Etobicoke Centennial Stadium.

Short-handed after Adrian Serioux received his second yellow card early in overtime, the Lynx (2-7-1) escaped the basement of the 18-team A-League when Nikki Vignjevic's corner kick bounced off the shin of a Pittsburgh defender past Riverhounds goalie Randy Dedini in the fourth minute of the second 10-minute sudden-death overtime period.

It was ruled an own goal.

"That was huge," Lynx midfielder Robbie Aristodemo said. "If we didn't get that, I think that could have been it for us this season."

With just nine goals in 10 games, the Lynx are desperate for some scoring punch. The much-needed win didn't change Lynx general manager/coach Peter Pinizzotto's plan to scour the market for a forward.

"I feel we need another forward to help us get some goals," said Pinizzotto, who has a list of a few forwards from around the league he might try to acquire.

Trailing 1-0 at halftime after Kevin Alvero put a header past Toronto goalie Theo Zagar in the 29th minute, the Lynx tied it at 1-1 when defender Milan Kojic moved up to head Vignjevic's cross in the 51st minute.

When Serioux was sent off the field, it marked the seventh time this season a Lynx player was ejected.

"We've had a man down almost every game and you usually only get one or two (ejections) each season," Aristodemo said. "That has to stop or it's going to hurt us."

It wasn't a perfect day for the Lynx. Captain and defender Marco Reda apparently is close to signing a contract with Sogndal, a first division club in Norway, so the Lynx named Zagar the new captain yesterday.

Toronto's seven-game home stand continues Saturday against the expansion Calgary Storm.

Pittsburgh's record fell to 2-8-4.

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