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Toronto Sun: Lynx Can't Bypass Catastrophic Play
by Winnipeg Fury

Lynx can't bypass catastrophic play

By MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

  The bruised and battered Toronto Lynx finally took a hit in the standings last night at
Varsity Stadium.

 With two of their best defensive players -- captain and defender Marco Reda and
midfielder Lyndon Hooper -- out because of injuries, the Lynx' season-opening
eight-game undefeated streak came to a halt as they lost 1-0 to the Hershey Wildcats in
an A-League soccer match before an announced crowd of 1,427.

 The 6-1-2 Lynx, who entered the game as the only undefeated team in the 25-team
league, sit in first place in the Northeast Division but hold a mere one-point lead over
the second-place Rochester Raging Rhinos (6-3-0) with the two teams meeting Sunday
at 7:30 p.m. at Varsity.

 "Eventually you have to lose, but you hope it's not at home," Lynx coach Peter
Pinizzotto said. "It definitely hurt not having (Hooper and Reda). It's never easy to
change your lineup."

 As the Lynx were short-handed on defence, it's not surprising that a breakdown at the
back was the back-breaking play.

 After getting away with numerous defensive errors early in the first half, an ill-advised
back pass in the 35th minute by Lynx defender Adrian Serioux led to Hershey's goal.

 Wildcats forward Steve Klein stole the pass and streaked down the left side of the
field. With Lynx goaltender Theo Zagar at the edge of his crease, Klein's shot bounced
off the right post and into the net.

 "It's not characteristic for us to give up goals like that," Lynx midfielder Brian Ashton
said. "Teams should have to work hard to beat us at home. We can't just give it to

 It was only the fifth goal allowed by the Lynx this season, the fewest by any team in
the league.

 After Hershey scored, though, Toronto was the dominant team.

 Hershey's defenders were on their heels as the Lynx buzzed around their goal late in
the game, but Wildcats goaltender Rich Sletvold made several outstanding saves.

 Ashton had a great opportunity to tie the game in injury time when he dribbled past
Sletvold, but his shot from a sharp angle just missed bouncing in off the near post.

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