October 10, 2009 CSL Semi-Final Italia Shooters vs Trois-Rivieres Attak (from CSL media release)

LATE RALLY GIVES ITALIA SHOOTERS A 3-3 TIE WITH TROIS-RIVIERES ATTAK IN SEMI-FINAL ACTION SATURDAY.....Attak’s Guillaume Heroux scores twice before being red-carded

An exciting rally by Italia Shooters while 3-1 down in the late stages of the game produced two goals for the York Region team and a 3-3 tie with visiting Trois-Rivieres Attak in the first leg of semi-final playoff action at Maple, the only game in the Canadian Soccer League Saturday.

It was the first of two first leg semi-final games scheduled in the CSL the Thanksgiving Day Weekend, a total points home and away aggregate semi-final series leading to the CSL Championship to be played at the BMO Field on October 24.

There were two quick goals in Saturday’s game, the first scored by Italia’s Johan Carrera after just 3 minutes and one minute later Guillaume Heroux struck the equalizer for the Quebec team.

Heroux scored a second to put his side 2-1 up at 25 minutes and Yannik Rome-Gosselin gave the visitors a 3-1 lead at the 38th minute mark.

Heroux was prominent again just before the half-time whistle when he was ejected by referee Matthew Arduini for violent conduct.

Italia fought to get back into the game during the second half, but lost defender Alvaro Yaques at 53 minutes when he was red-carded during an aggressive play with an Trois-Rivieres Attak forward.

Italia Shooters cut the lead to 3-2 when Jason De Thomasis drove the ball through the Trois-Rivieres Attak wall with his free kick at 81 minutes and the home side continued to persevere until Damien Pottindor found the net at 92 minutes for the 3-3 tie.

The return game will be played at Trois-Rivieres on Sunday, October 18, that’s a 3 pm kickoff at Complexe Sportif Alphonse Desjardins.

The second semi-final first leg game scheduled this Thanksgiving Weekend will be played Sunday at Centennial Stadium when Toronto Croatia hosts Serbian White Eagles at 4 pm. The following is a summary of the upcoming games in the CSL playoffs:

Return Game – Semi-final 2nd. Leg
Sunday, October 18, Trois-Rivieres 3 pm 
Trois-Rivieres Attak vs. Italia Shooters
Tomorrow’s Game:
Semi-finals – 1st Leg
Centennial Stadium 4 pm 
Toronto Croatia vs. Serbian White Eagles
Return Game – Semi-final 2nd. Leg
Saturday, October 17, Centennial Stadium 4 pm Serbian White Eagles vs. Toronto Croatia
CSL Championship – Final
Saturday, October 24  BMO Field  5 pm 
Trois-Rivieres Attak or Italia Shooters  vs.  Serbian White Eagles or Toronto Croatia

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