July 23, 2008 PDL Cleveland Internationals vs Toronto Lynx playoffs (from Lynx media release)


Lynx Eliminated in Cleveland
Fall 2-1 to Internationals in PDL Playoffs

Date: July 23, 2008
Venue: St. Edwards High School, Lakewood, OH
Kick Off Time: 7:00 PM EDT

Final Score: Toronto 1 (1) Cleveland 2 (0)

Match Summary:

The Toronto Lynx were eliminated from the PDL playoffs this evening, falling 2-1 at the hands of the Cleveland Internationals in Lakewood, Ohio. Cleveland now advances to the Central Conference Championships in Pontiac, Michigan this weekend where they will face the Thunder Bay Chill in one semi-final, while the Michigan Bucks will host the Kalamazoo Outrage in the other. Toronto ends the season with an 8-7-2 record overall, their first winning season in eight years, and are eliminated in their first post-season match since 2000.

Toronto opened strong, playing inspired soccer and controlling play throughout the first frame. The team threatened to score a number of times, but were denied by the Internationals, and by the post on a couple of occasions. The Lynx continued to press as the half progressed, and Damion Scott put them up 1-0 just before half-time, notching a goal in the 44th minute to send the Lynx to the break with a well-earned lead.

The Lynx could not hold the lead though, and conceded the tying goal nine minutes after the resumption of play. The team rallied, and again pressed to take the lead throughout the second half, but were unable to finish against a tough Cleveland defense. The hosts put the game away ten minutes from time, converting a cross into the box into a 2-1 lead, and deflating a game Toronto squad. The Lynx could not equalize as time expired, and they fell to defeat.

Final Score: Toronto 1 (1) Cleveland 2 (0)

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