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Vancouver Province: 86'ers Light-Up Lynx
by Winnipeg Fury
86ers light up Lynx in second half
Stuart Hunter, Sports Reporter The Province
VANCOUVER 2 (OT)
Canada Place wasn't the only locale
were going off
Saturday night to celebrate our
country's 133rd birthday.
The 3,412 attending the
all-Canadian match at Swangard
witnessed a few flashes of
brilliance as the 86ers earned a
four points with a 2-1
extra-time win over the Toronto Lynx
in a battle
for national bragging
Burnaby's Dave Morris scored
winner from eight yards out in the
101st minute after a superb run,
and setup by Joe Scigliano, also of
did all the work,
turned the guy inside-out and did
well to get the ball
over off the
rebound," said an elated Morris, who
netted his second of the
both game-winners. "I just spun and
tried to get it on the net,
I knew the
goalie was out."
The win improves Vancouver's
5-5-3, while Toronto drops
Colombian Juan Arango, one
Toronto's stable of internationals,
opened the scoring on a header
the 48th minute, but Vancouver
struck back two minutes later when Steve
MacDonald headed home a Kevin Holness corner. It
was the veteran defender's
second goal of the season.
After an unfailingly Canadian first half --
polite, at times dull with only occasional flashes of
dash -- Vancouver coach
Dale Mitchell lit into his troops in a halftime locker-room rant. Luckily,
worked and the 86ers had the run of play in the more physical second half.
"It was probably the most upset I've been since I've been coaching the
team and the guys knew
it," said the normally reserved Mitchell. "Hopefully,
the guys get a boost from this and look to
Rochester on Friday (in Swangard
at 7:30 p.m.)."
Sixers keeper Paul Shepherd made a number of key saves
and earned the first star.
"We started off quite slowly and we had a
talking-to at halftime," Shepherd said. "(Mitchell) said
we had to step it up
and all the guys know that and responded."
Added Morris of the win:
"This gives us a bit of Canadian pride. It shows we can play and
the top teams."
With the win, Vancouver remains in last place, two
points behind the Bay Area Seals in the
A-League's Pacific Division and eight
points out of the final playoff spot.
CORNER KICKS: Three Stars -- 1.
Shepherd. 2. Morris. 3. Rick Titus. ...Vancouver has used 24
players so far
this year -- mainly due to injuries -- while Toronto has only used 17 -- the
number in the league. ...Vancouver was without injured players Chris
Franks (groin), Paul Dailly
(ankle), Domenic Mobilio (Achilles), Carmen
D'Onofrio (groin), Oliver Heald (foot) and Bobby
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