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Toronto Sun: Bulldogs Put up Fight
by Winnipeg Fury

Bulldogs put up a fight

By MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

  Maybe Toronto Lynx coach Peter Pinizzotto should consider watching every game from
the press box.

 Pinizzotto, banished to the Varsity Stadium press box last night to serve a one-game
suspension for being ejected from a contest against the Rochester Raging Rhinos last
month, watched his team put on a clinic at both ends of the field against the Boston

 Colombian striker Juan Arango scored his fourth and fifth goals of the season to lead the
Lynx to a 2-1 win before 2,711 A-League fans.

 "We started a bit slow, but we picked it up after the first goal," Pinizzotto said.
"Eventually, the boys did very well."

 The Lynx improved to 8-2-3. The Bulldogs dropped to 7-9-1.

 Player-manager Steve Nicol started on defence for the Bulldogs. The 38-year-old former
Scottish international played 466 games for Liverpool from 1982 to 1994, winning four
league titles, three FA Cups and the European Cup. He was England's player of the year
in 1989.

 After a dull start, the Lynx put together a crisp passing play to open the scoring.

 During the 30th minute, Lynx midfielder Lloyd Barker raced down the right side of the
field and sent a bouncing pass in front of Boston 'keeper Russell Payne to Arango, who
deflected the ball inside the left post.

 Thirteen minutes later, Arango scored one of the easiest goals of his career. Lynx
forward Francisco Dos Santos' hard shot was deflected by a diving Payne right into the
middle of the crease and Arango, left uncovered, tapped it home.

 Bulldogs midfielder Sullivan Phillips put a meaningless penalty kick past Lynx
netminder Theo Zagar during the 90th minute after Toronto was charged with a hand ball.

 "This was a big win for us," said Lynx defender Adrian Serioux, whose team is 6-1 this
season at Varsity.

 "It was a real battle out there, but we got the job done. We keep coming up with wins
when we need them most."

 The win wasn't the only reason for Pinizzotto to smile last night.

 Despite the physical play of the Bulldogs, who committed 36 fouls, no Lynx players
were seriously injured.

 While defenders Marco Reda and Milan Kojic were hurt during the rough game, both are
expected to return when Toronto travels to Connecticut to meet the 0-12-3 Wolves on

 Kojic has a mild hamstring pull, while team captain Reda, who missed the previous four
games with a pulled quad muscle, left the field during the second half so he wouldn't
re-aggrevate the injury.

 Still, Pinizzotto, whose team has been decimated by injuries this season, knows he
needs help at the back.

 "We've got to go out and sign a defender this week," he said.

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