August 15, 2009 CSL details of Saturday games (from CSL media release)
TFC ACADEMY JUMP INTO SECOND PLACE WITH LAST MINUTE 3-2 VICTORY OVER ITALIA SHOOTERS........Toronto Croatia unbeaten in 11 following scoreless tie with visiting Trois-Rivieres Attak
Toronto Croatia preserved their unbeaten streak with a scoreless tie against Trois-Rivieres Attak at Centennial Stadium, while just to the north at Maple,forward Justin Maheu was scoring twice for TFC Academy, including the winner at 90 minutes for a 3-2 victory over Italia Shooters, two games in the CSL Saturday.
Trois-Rivieres Attak and Toronto Croatia lead their respective National and International Divisions and for this reason alone, the game had special importance for both teams.
There were few opportunities to break the scoreless tie as the game progressed, with the CSL leading goalscorer Reda Agourram with a chance at 75 minutes and Croatia forward Niko Pesa struck the post with just two minutes remaining in the game.
Trois-Rivieres Attak played with 10 men for the final 23 minutes when goalkeeper Simon Legard was shown the red card by referee John Oliva at 69 minutes following an attack on the Trois-Rivieres goal. The referee indicated Legard came down on an opposing player’s hand while the Croatia player was on the ground.
The 0-0 tie gives Croatia a 8-0-3 WLT record for 27 points, one point in front of Serbian White Eagles in the International Division, while Trois-Roivieres Attak now have an 8-4-2 for 26 points, nine points ahead of TFC Academy in the National Division.
The advantage went back and forth in the game between Italia Shooters and TFC Academy, with Italia taking the lead at the 35th minute mark on a goal by Kadian Lecky, his eighth of the season and team-mate Jordan Webb made it 2-0 after 57 minutes.
TFC Academy came back with a goal by forward Justin Maheu who struck at 75 minutes to reduce the lead to 2-1 and the Academy midfielder Daniel Calabretta tied the game 2-2 at 86 minutes.
With the game heading for a 2-2 deadlock, Justin Maheu, a forward with Ottawa Fury before being called upon by TFC, scored the winner from the penalty spot after Italia goalkeeper Camilo Benzi was shown the red card by referee Mike Lambert for a foul while preventing an obvious goalscoring opportunity.
The game ended 3-2 in favour of TFC Academy and they improve to a 4-6-5 record for 17 points, good for second place in the National Division, while Italia Shooters are at 6-6-2 for 20 points and fourth place in the International Division.
There is one game remaining in the CSL this weekend: Sun. Aug 16 Victoria Park 3 pm Brampton Lions vs. St. Catharines Wolves
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