Ottawa Citizen: High-Powered Wizards Fill Net With Goals

High-powered Wizards fill net with goals

Ottawa blasts visiting Durham in one-sided CPSL match; Wizards 8, Flames 1

Darren Desaulniers
The Ottawa Citizen

Monday, June 16, 2003

After the Ottawa Wizards defeated Toronto Croatia 2-0 in their 2003 home opener, coach Hubert Busby suggested this year's team would be more offensive-minded than it had been during previous Canadian Professional Soccer League campaigns.

No kidding.

The Wizards pounded the Durham Flames 8-1 yesterday at Oz Optics Stadium in Carp. The win improved the Wizards' record to 3-0-1, and they have outscored their opponents 15-4.

"Purposely this year we're working on a different style," Busby said. "We're very technical and, not trying to sound brash, we've got young legs and we're very fast."

Alen Marcina opened the scoring in the second minute yesterday, and he added two more goals to give Ottawa a 3-0 lead at the 22-minute mark.

On just about any day three goals would be enough, but Abraham Osman added another goal in the 28th minute, and Kevin Nelson booted two three minutes apart to put the Wizards up 6-0 by halftime.

Robert Dow got into the act in the second half, and Osman scored again in the 75th minute. The Flames' lone goal, by Mike Mason, came in extra time.

"It was a bit of a boring game, but it was a good game for the players, the coaches and the owner," Wizards general manager Mike Ozeses said.

Fury 3, Banshees 0

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