July 15, 2007 PDL Toronto Lynx vs Fort Wayne Fever (from Lynx media release)
TORONTO LYNX GAME REPORT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESENTED BY CAW - THE CANADIAN AUTO WORKERS UNION
Lynx Shake Fever
Blank Fort Wayne 1-0
Date: July 15, 2007
Venue: Centennial Park Stadium, Toronto, ON
Kick Off Time: 4:00 PM EDT
Final Score: Toronto 1 Fort Wayne 0
The Toronto Lynx closed our their 2007 regular season home schedule and avenged Friday night’s loss with a 1-0 victory over the Fort Wayne Fever on Fan Appreciation Day this afternoon at Centennial Park Stadium in Etobicoke. Chris DeAbreu scored for the Lynx to lead them to their fifth victory of the season, raising the club’s record to 5-6-4 (19 points) on the season. The win also moves the Lynx to within one point of the third-place West Michigan Edge in the Great Lakes Division. Fort Wayne falls to 4-9-1 (13 points) on the year, sixth place in the division. The Lynx claim the season series between the two clubs with two wins and one loss in the three games between them.
After successive slow starts, Head Coach Duncan Wilde needed a quick start from his charges, and the team answered his call. DeAbreu netted his first career goal in the 6th minute when he found a loose ball that the Fever were unable to clear and slammed it into the open goal. The goal turned out to be all that the Lynx needed as the Toronto defense held the Fort Wayne attackers to minimal chances throughout the match, earning keeper Chris Baker his sixth shutout on the year. Fort Wayne mounted a small charge towards the end of the match after Lynx defender Erik DiLorenzo picked up his second yellow card of the afternoon in the 58th minute, banishing him to the sidelines. Baker made a number of key saves and kept the visitors off the scoreboard, and the game finished at 1-0 in favour of the Lynx.
In a ceremony prior to the match, the Lynx handed out their annual Toronto Lynx Player Awards. Midfielder Justin Hay, despite missing the entire playing season with an injury, earned the Public Relations Award for his dedicated work in the community. Defender Jamie Fairweather was selected by Lynx fans as the Fan Favourite Award winner, while Murphy Wiredu picked up Best Offensive Player and Erik DiLorenzo picked up Best Defensive Player. Kitchener’s Alex Ruhe Lischke, who missed today’s game after receiving a red card on Friday evening, was named 2007 Toronto Lynx MVP for his steady and rugged play in defense.
The Lynx close out their 2007 season on Friday evening with a trip to Michigan to battle the division-leading Bucks. Friday’s loss to the Fever eliminated the Lynx from post-season play, but the club will be looking to finish the year strongly, and claim third place in the highly competitive Great Lakes Division.
The Toronto Lady Lynx finish their 2007 home season with a pair of matches this week. The team hosts Rochester this Wednesday afternoon at 12:00 PM on the team’s annual Youth Day, before closing the regular season on Saturday afternoon at 4:00 PM versus the Laval Comets. With a pair of wins, the Lady Lynx will clinch second place in the Northern Division and host a W-League playoff game the following week. Tickets can be purchased through the Lynx ticket hotline at 416-251-4625 x 31or at the Centennial Park Stadium box office 2 hours prior to kickoff.
Final Score: Toronto 1 (1) Fort Wayne 0 (0)
Lineups: Toronto: Baker, Titus, Jonke, DiLorenzo, DeAbreu (Roberts, 17), Murray, Omokhua (Wiredu, 60), McNamara (Jeffers, 60), Medwin, Stedmond (Rios, 45), Revivo (Fairweather, 80) Fort Wayne: Howell, Peesley, Held,(Darvich, 80), Sommers (Bowman, 45), Heller, Tulloch, Jordan, Robinson, Bowden (Gillespie, 79), Bauer, Wilson Officials: Referee: Archie McPherson Referee’s Assistants: Bahi Ravi, Ben Savulescu
Cautions: Toronto: 2 (DiLorenzo, 17, 58) Fort Wayne: 1 (Wilson, 36) Ejections: Toronto: 1 (DiLorenzo, 58) Fort Wayne: 0 Shots: Toronto 12 Fort Wayne 13 Saves: Toronto 3, Fort Wayne 4 Fouls: Toronto 19, Fort Wayne 10 Offsides: Toronto 0, Fort Wayne 4 Corners: Toronto 4, Fort Wayne 3 Scorers: Toronto: 6’ DeAbreu Fort Wayne: None FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: ROB IRWIN, MEDIA RELATIONS 416-251-4625 ext. 23
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