August 25, 2007 CSL details of Friday's and Saturday's games (from CSL media release)

Saturday - August 25, 2007
Standings tighten

Trois-Rivieres Attak and St. Catharines Wolves, both bidding for the National Division title, fought to a scoreless but highly entertaining tie before 2,321 fans at the University of Quebec Trois-Rivieres late Saturday afternoon and this was followed by a 1-1 tie between Windsor Border Stars and Italia Shooters at Troy, Michigan Saturday evening.

These games followed a 2-1 Serbian White Eagles victory over Portuguese Supra and a 2-2 tie by Toronto Croatia at home to North York Astros on Friday night, to considerably tighten the International Division race as the CSL clubs approach the last complete month of regular league play and the playoffs in October.

A third game in the schedule Friday, London City vs. Windsor Border Stars, holds the distinction of being the first game postponed in the league this season. Heavy rains and lightning caused the game to be called off.

Trois-Rivieres Attak held most of the play as the Quebec team pressed for a winning goal throughout Saturday’s game. As play moved into the second half, forwards Darko Kolic and Nicolas Lesage came close on several occasions, but Wolves’ Matt Waddington and Tonardo Copeland, together with goalkeeper Claudio Perri, were outstanding to preserve the tie.

Trois-Rivieres Attak have a 6-3-7 WLT record for 25 points to lead the National Division, that’s one in front of St. Catharines with their 6-3-6 record for 24 points.

Following a scoreless first half between Windsor and Italia Shooters in another game with implications for the divisional title, Italia midfielder Diego Cardona opened the scoring almost immediately after the whistle kicked off the second half. With this lead, Shooters went on to dominate the game, but it was Border Stars who scored the next goal as midfielder Radek Papiez struck the equalizer after collecting a pass from Dominic Scicluna to slot the ball into the net during added time and the game ended a 1-1 tie.

Windsor are third in the National Division with a 4-8-4 record for 16 points following Saturday’s tie, while Italia Shooters remain on top with a 9-2-5 record for 32 points.

Serbia striker Alex Braletic opened the scoring at 22 minutes for the home side at Centennial Stadium in Etobicoke on Friday night, but Portuguese forward Helio Pereira tied the score at 1-1 from the penalty spot at the 41st minute. It was Pereira’s 8th goal of the season.

Two minutes later, just before the interval, Serbia’s Gabriel Pop struck his 9th of the season for a 2-1 score and what turned out to be the winner in a well-played entertaining encounter.

Serbian White Eagles now have a 9-3-1 WLT record for 28 points and closing quickly on International Division leaders Italia Shooters who were idle Friday but picked up the point on Saturday for 32 points. The Serbian team has played three fewer games than Italia.

Portuguese Supra now have a 3-9-3 record for 12 points.

Toronto Croatia held on to their unbeaten record with a 2-2 tie with North York Astros at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga also on Friday night. Tihomir Maletic opened the scoring for Croatia at the 8th minute mark for a 1-0 lead at the end of a hard-fought first half.

Diego Maradona tied the score for the Astros at 55 minutes, but Maletic scored his second at 80 minutes to put Toronto Croatia in front. Four minutes later, North York Astros tied the game when forward Selvin Lammie found the net, a 2-2 tie at the final whistle.

Croatia have a 6-0-7 record for 25 points, three behind Serbian White Eagles in the International Division, while North York Astros improve to 3-8-4 for 13 points and fourth in the National Conference.

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