July 21, 2006 USL Rochester Raging Rhinos vs Toronto Lynx (from Lynx media release)

Lynx tie 1-1 at Rochester

Toronto Lynx News Release - www.lynxsoccer.com

Friday, July 21, 2006

ROCHESTER, NY -- Kevin Jeffrey's first goal of the season earned the Toronto Lynx a 1-1 draw away to the Rochester Raging Rhinos this evening in front of 9,232 fans at PAETEC Park in Rochester.

Toronto entered tonight's match tied for 11th place with the Minnesota Thunder in USL-1 standings, while Rochester sat in third position. Toronto had won three of its last four USL-1 matches, and boasted a record of 4-1-0 in all competitions through their last five games.

Rochester took the lead 23 minutes into the first half. Lynx goalkeeper Theo Zagar fouled Aaran Lines inside the penalty area resulting in Rochester being awarded a penalty kick. Johnny Menyonger converted the spot kick to put Toronto down 1-0. Menyonger's goal was the difference between both clubs at the half.

The second half started sluggishly with both sides failing to create any legitimate scoring chances. This changed in the 70th minutes when Toronto found an equaliser.

Chris Williams shot was redirected into the top corner by the head of Kevin Jeffrey, earning the Trinidadian midfielder his first goal in Lynx colours. That proved to be the last goal this evening, and it was 1-1 at the final whistle.

Toronto outshot Rochester 12-9, forcing Rhinos goalkeeper Scott Vallow into making 8 saves. Lynx goalkeeper Theo Zagar made three saves in tonight's match.

Former Lynx player Edgar Bartolomeu made his return to the squad after sitting out the initial part of the season because of injury, playing the entire second half. Joe Mattachione did not feature in tonight's match due to injury, while Tony Menezes continues his recovery from a serious knee injury. Matt Paleschi was not in tonight's squad due to a trial in Sweden.

Tonight's result improves Toronto to 3-10-3 and leaves them in last place in USL First Division standings with Minnesota winning 2-1 against first-place Montreal. Toronto is 3-1-1 in their last five matches.

Toronto hopes to continue their fine form when they host the Portland Timbers on Saturday July 29th for the first match of their weekend doubleheader at Centennial Park Stadium next weekend.

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