Result and details from the Sunday June 9, 2013 PDL game between Toronto Lynx and River City Rovers played at Centennial Stadium in Etobicoke at 4:00PM.

Toronto Lynx (gray socks and shirts, black shorts and numbers)

....................26 Adam Jansen
14 Taylor McNamara (cpt)...13 Jesse Andoh...5 Eric Crawford...2 Callum Home
20 Jon Parolini...9 Leigh Viedman...6 Stephen Hoyle...3 Lloyd Grist
............7 Macca Wilde...10 James Galvani

Subs:...1 Matt Silva (gk)...8 Sam Oritt (mid)...15 Eric Olazabal (mid)...17 Maksym Kowal (fwd)...21 Matt Osario (mid) ...22 Henry Moody (def)...24 Anthony Novak (mid)
team officials:...head coach Duncan Wilde...assistant coach Billy Steele...goalkeeping coach Glenn McNamara

River City Rovers (white socks, shorts and numbers, blue shirts)

....................00 Chris Hubbard
3 Hezekiah Weiss...6 Sebastian Henke...13 Peter May (cpt)...16 Sanjan Mehicic
18 Pierce Kiembi...4 Luis Ramirez...10 Asa Miller...2 Richard Ballard
.............5 Dylan Terry...9 Humberto Bertran

Subs:...0 Taylor Hafling (gk)...8 Callum Tychowski (mid)...12 Mustaf Warsame (mid)...14 Shaquille Hamilton (mid)...19 Walker Andriot (mid) ...22 Robertson Tarver (def)...23 Tim Jones (mid)
team official:...assistant coach Nathan Pitcock

Game officials:...referee Niquita Amirkhanian...referee's assistants John Elwin and Mike Obueen...no fourth official...(yellow shirts, (neon yellow shirts for referee's assistants) black shorts and socks)

1st Half:...game starts 4:09pm...Lynx defend south end on this warm and sunny late afternoon.
10 sec...RCR Bertran rush to ball on left and rolls 18 yarder that's smothered by goalie and is injured when he flips over sliding defender.
1 min...RCR Terry cross from right has RCR Bertran head 10 yarder that's caught by goalie on right post.
3 min...Lynx Wilde cornerkick from right has goalie leap at 8 yards to catch in crowd of players.
7 min...Lynx Grist long cross from 25 yards on left sideline finds Lynx Parolini on right of box who heads ball down and defender clears from 6 yards.
9 min...Lynx goalie beats RCR Bertran to through ball pass.
10 min...RCR Terry 30 yard freekick from left is just over net.
11 min...RCR Bertran cornerkick from left has defenders clear in box.
12 min...RCR Kiembi shoots 8 yarder wide left when an RCR player puts 20 yard ball into box.
14 min...Lynx Galvani leaves field for treatment for what turned out to be a cut elbow. He's off for 2 minutes.
14 min...Lynx Hoyle 35 yard blast from right is well over net.
18 min...RCR Mehicic long rush down left but pushes ball over endline trying to elude defender.
24 min...Lynx Wilde 35 yard chip from right bounces to goalie wide left of net.
25 min...RCR Bertran gets to 55 yard chip and blasts 20 yarder down middle that deflects high wide right for cornerkick.
26 min...RCR Terry cornerkick from right has RCR Bertran head ball wide left from 10 yards.
26 min...Lynx Wilde cornerkick from left has defenders clear on left post.
30 min...Lynx Grist gets to flicked header from teammate as he charges forward and blasts 18 yarder from left well over net.
30 min...RCR Terry cross from 22 yards on left has charging RCR Kiembi head ball wide left from 10 yards.
33 min...Lynx Wilde 40 yard freekick is low and goalie charges forward to catch ball between crowd of players.
34 min...RCR Terry 42 yard freekick from left has goalie punch ball away.
35 min...RCR RED card...Peter May (their captain) is given a direct ejection by referee Niquita Amirkhanian while waiting on the edge of the Lynx box for RCR Hezekiah Weiss to make a long throw-in. It looked like he must have punched or elbowed Lynx Lloyd Grist but the ref saw it. Dylan Terry takes over as captain.
36 min...RCR Weiss long throw-in from right has defender head ball away.
37 min...Lynx Wilde chips 35 yard shot over net.
39 min...RCR YELLOW card...Mehicic earns it for standing still at RCR 33 yard line and having Lynx Galvani flip over him.
40 min...Lynx McNamara boots 35 yard freekick from left that Lynx Crawford ducks but can't redirect ball.
41 min...RCR Terry blasts 20 yard shot into outside left webbing of net.
42 min...Lynx Galvani 7 yard cross from left has RCR Kiembi get foot to clear ball away at 3 yards.
44 min...RCR Terry sends in pass from 45 yards on right that charging RCR Bertran heads 12 yarder down middle wide right of post.
46 min...RCR Richard Ballard GOAL...RCR Hezekiah Weiss kicks low 25 yard cross from right sideline that has Ballard boot 12 yarder low and into left side of net with goalie Adam Jansen frozen in center of net.
47 min...half ends 4:56pm.

Halftime entertaiment:...there are some mini-games between some of the kids in attendance.

2nd Half:...starts 5:13pm.
halftime subs:...Lynx Oritt replaces Andoh.
.............Lynx Olazabal replaces Parolini.
.............Lynx Kowal replaces Galvani.
46 min...RCR Terry rush to left end line but pass along line has RCR Kiembi knock ball over end line from 5 yards.
49 min...Lynx Wilde gets to pass at 15 yards on left.
50 min...Lynx Olazabal 30 yard shot from left sideline is well over net.
51 min...RCR Dylan Terry GOAL...RCR Richard Ballard rushes to 15 yards down middle but holds possession when defenders block him. He taps ball over to left to RCR Humberto Bertran who rolls ball from 10 yards on left to Terry who kicks 5 yarder from right into empty net.
53 min...Lynx Kowal blasts 18 yarder from center after cutting over from left and goalie dives to push ball wide left of net.
54 min...Lynx Wilde cornerkick from left has Lynx Viedman head 8 yarder from right that goalie catches.
54 min...RCR YELLOW card...Kiembi earns it for tripping Lynx player at RCR 22 yard line.
55 min...Lynx Wilde is tapped over a freekick from 22 yards and his shot is blocked by defender.
56 min...Lynx McNamara charges to end line on left to fire 8 yarder that goalie smothers.
59 min...Lynx sub...Silva replaces Jansen in goal who is injured.
........Lynx sub...Osario replaces Hoyle.
60 min...Lynx goalie catches 55 yard freekick from left.
63 min...Lynx Home 35 yard blast is caught by goalie. Lynx players had some closer chances right before this.
64 min...RCR sub...Tychowski replaces Bertran.
65 min...Lynx Wilde cornerkick from right has ball partially cleared and Lynx Oritt stops ball and blasts 25 yarder down middle well over net.
67 min...Lynx Oritt cross field pass and Lynx Olazabal blasts 25 yard shot from left well high and wide right of net.
68 min...RCR sub...Andriot replaces Kiembi.
70 min...Lynx Oritt cross from 28 yards on right has charging Lynx Viedman flick header from 10 yards wide left of net.
71 min...Lynx sub...Novak replaces Wilde.
72 min...Lynx Oritt rolls shot that deflects wide left of net for cornerkick.
74 min...RCR Terry shoots ball wide right of open net from 4 yards when RCR player on left sends low cross from 15 yards on left post past goalie.
76 min...Lynx player's 2 yard tap-in goal is called offside.
78 min...Lynx Oritt rolls pass forward from 22 yards and Lynx Viedman turns and fires 8 yarder that goalie at 1 yard on right sprawls and deflects wide right of post.
79 min...RCR sub...Hamilton replaces Miller.
79 min...Lynx Home hits goal post on header from 12 yards on Lynx Kowal cornerkick from right.
79 min...RCR Hamilton 30 yard low shot down middle is just wide right of post.
81 min...Lynx Kowal cornerkick from right has Lynx Oritt midair 12 yard kick on left over net.
83 min...RCR Weiss and RCR goalie crash together when RCR goalie dives to smother at 7 yards a redirected kick by a Lynx player and RCR Weiss flies over him clipping his head with his knee.
84 min...RCR sub...Tarver replaces Ballard.
87 min...RCR YELLOW card...Tychowski earns it for sliding tackle at RCR 30 yards.
88 min...Lynx Oritt 35 yard freekick from right is wide left for goalkick.
88 min...RCR sub...Jones replaces Terry.
91 min...Lynx Novak 30 yard cross from left is over box unplayed.
93 min...Lynx Oritt cross from 30 yards has Lynx Viedman shoot 12 yarder that deflects wide right of net.
94 min...Lynx Oritt cornerkick from right is caught by goalie.
94 min...game ends 6:02pm.

Final Score:......Toronto Lynx.....0..........River City Rovers......2......

Attendance was just over 200 on this warm afternoon with a bright sun in the west. The crowd was the biggest I've seen at a non-school day game for a few years. It was proclaimed the first Toronto Soccer Association Day and Bill Spiers president of the TSA took the ceremonial kickoff with the mascot The Lynxster (who was there his second game in a row).

There were lots of chances for both teams equally in the second half with the Rovers down a man. Best non-scoring plays were at 12 minutes when RCR Pierce Kiembi shot an 8 yarder wide left as an RCR player put a 20 yard ball into the box. 30 minutes had RCR Dylan Terry cross from 22 yards on the left and a charging RCR Pierce Kiembi headed the ball wide left from 10 yards. 44 minutes had RCR Terry send in a pass from the right from 45 yards that the charging Humberto Bertran headed a 12 yarder down the middle wide right of the post.

Lynx swapped three players a halftime. They had to switch goalies with Matt Silva replacing Adam Jansen when he was hurt at 59 minutes.

53 minutes had Lynx Maksym Kowal cut over the the left and blast an 18 yarder down the middle that the goalie dived to left to push the shot wide of the post. 56 minutes had Lynx Taylor McNamara charge to the end line on the left to fire and 8 yarder that the goalie smothered. 74 minutes had and RCR player on the left send in a low cross from 15 yards past the goalie on the left post and RCR Terry at 4 yards shoot wide right of the open net. 78 minutes had Lynx Sam Oritt roll a pass forward from 22 yards and Lynx Leigh Veidman turned and fired an 8 yarder that the goalie on right at 1 yard sprawled and deflected the ball wide right of the post. The resulting cornerkick had Lynx Callum Home hit the post on a header from 12 yards.

Chris Hubbard earned the shutout for the Rovers and had to be sharp towards at the end when the Lynx were pressing to score.

Referee Niquita Amirkhanian controlled this game well. Besides the Red card she gave out three Yellow cards that I counted, all to Rovers players in the second half for sloppy challenges when they were tiring out.

You would expect that with the Lynx having a 55 minute man advantage they would win this game but that didn't happen although they had plenty of chances--but the Rovers did too. The Rovers had played Thursday and Friday night and lost to London and Kitchener-Waterloo on this grueling roadtrip.

This brings an end to the Lynx season opening home stand. They hold a record of 1 win, 3 losses. Now they have to see what they can do on the road.

I could see the Lynx players weren't in a good mood and I was in a hurry to get to a CSL game that started within an hour in Brampton so I asked the Lynx stats lady some roster questions. Midfield sub Matt Osario is an older COUSIN (not brother) of MLS Toronto FC player Jonathan Osario. Midfield sub Eric Olazabal is a player who played for the TFC Academy in their first year in the CSL in 2008 with twin brother Eros. Both moved on to play for Milltown FC when they were in the CSL.

Rocket Robin

Lynx starters

Rovers starters

Captains Rovers Peter May (13) and Lynx Taylor McNamara (14) at coin toss.

Rovers Dylan Terry (5) and Humberto Bertran (9) take opening kickoff.

Lynx Lloyd Grist (3) on rush down wing.

Lynx goalie Adam Jansen safely clutches ball.

Lynx Leigh Viedman (9) swings into kick.

Lynx Taylor McNamara (14) sets up for freekick.

Lynx Stephen Hoyle (6) taps ball back after second half kickoff.

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