Aug 18, 2007 CSL Trois Rivieres vs Italia Shooters (from

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Trois Rivières, QC — Sitting in Café Morgane, on rue des Forges, it is easy to see why Trois Rivières is the self proclaimed “Capital of Poetry”. Rue des Forges is lined with Cafés, Bistros and terrace restaurants. On many of these you will find plaques with excerpts from poems.

Situated about half-way between Montréal and Québec City, Trois Rivières is the perfect stop-over for lovers. Besides finding a quote that fits your lover, you may find one that expresses your love for your favorite soccer team.

At Université de Trois Rivières where the Attak de Trois Rivières of the Canadian Soccer League play their games, the announced crowd of 1,541 was rather silent in their passion for their favorites. Maybe they could use some of those quotes as chants.

It is true that the Attak gave the team little to cheer about in a midfield battle that ended in a 0-0 tie. The first place team from the International Division the Italia Shooters were up to the challenge from the Attak, the first place team in the National Division of the CSL. While the game ended scoreless, it was the Attak who controlled play and had the majority of the scoring chances.

Veteran Darko Kolic who played several seasons with the Montréal Impact, spear-headed the attack, with several opportunities in the first half. Five minutes into the game, his run down the right wing and attempt at net caused a corner kick. At the twenty-seventh minute Kolic headed a clear chance at net over the cross bar. Sita-Taty Matondo had the best chance to score for the Attak however his goal was called back on a close offside call.

Kolic was again involved in the action when he picked up a yellow card in the first half. Kolic felt he was fouled, however the referee saw it differently, a few minutes later, Kolic’s revenge foul on a Shooters’ defender resulted in the yellow. Jon Paul Piques who had a trial with Toronto FC, and sat on the bench with the Toronto Lynx and the Montréal Impact finally made his professional debut in Canada. Piques picked up the shutout for Trois Rivières. Piques made an excellent save in the first half, to deflect wide a well taken strike from 20 yards out. Outside of that shot Piques wasn’t challenged all night.

The Attak’s leading scorer Nicolas Lesage came into the game at the 72nd minute of the game. After a listless second half the Attak’s attack came alive. They looked dangerous on a corner kick and had their best scoring chance a few minutes later before the Shooters finally cleared the ball after several opportunities in close. Nicolas Lesage looked like he was going to break though for a shot in the 93rd minute and Darko Kolic had a final shot on net from a free kick from 20 yards out in the 94th minute.

Trois Rivières :: Jon Paul Piques, Alex Suprenant, Cédric Joqueviel, Elkana Mayard, David Fronimadis, Joe Di Buono (Alpha Bah 88) Boubacar Coulibaly, Ibrahim Baldeh, (Jean-Philippe Etienne 70), Massimo Di Ioia (Nicolas Lesage 72), Darko Kolic

Italia Shooters :: Pablo Alvarado, Fitzroy Christie, Andre Stewart, Alex Ruhelescheke, Desi Humphrey, Alvaro Vaquesi, Carlos Medina (Danny Ramos 45, Craig Taylor 88), Chris Turner, Geron Duporte, Kevin Omouaka, Gladstone Richards

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