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Lynx Lose to Long
Rough Riders clinch first place.
David Bailey, Staff
|The Toronto Lynx,
playing in their final home game of the 2000 regular season, were defeated
by the A-League's Northeast Division leading Long Island Rough Riders by a
score of 1 nil in front of 2,602 on a steamy Friday night at Varsity
The Lynx were the first to threaten when in the 12th
minute, Marcello Vincello sent a 30 yard pass up the left wing to a
breaking Francisco Dos Santos. The Brazilian curled a 20 yard shot
past the keeper but just wide of the far post.
The Rough Riders
took the lead in the 23rd minute on a superb individual effort by Edson
Buddle. The Long Island striker took control of the ball in
the corner of the Lynx crease but looked to be well covered by defender
Adrian Serioux. Somehow, with a fine display of ball control, Buddle
juggled the ball off his knee to his head before slotting the ball past
shocked Carmine Isacco.
The Lynx goaltender commented, "I
relaxed as I thought Adrian was going to clear it and (Buddle) took a toe
poke and it caught me flat footed."
Coach Pinizzotto said,
"Adrian had the chance to clear the ball (but) missed it. I don't
know what he was trying to do. It's one of those things. It
was one mistake but you pay when you play good teams."
came close to equalizing in the 37th minute when Milan Kojic got on the
end of well placed corner from Nebojsa Vignevic but the subsequent header
flew just over the bar.
Long Island came inches away from
doubling the score line in the 45th minute but Chris Pozniak was able to
clear Joe Ragusa's shot off the goal line.
The Lynx threatened the
Rough Riders goal throughout the second half but good opportunities by
Barolomeau, Kojic, Dos Santos and Arango could not be
Having already qualified for the play-offs, coach
Pinizzotto decided to sit some of his starters in order to give the
substitutes a chance to show what they could do and they impressed.
He commented "The players weren't under
the pressure of having to
win. They were loose." The Lynx appeared to achieve a much
more wing oriented, fluid style of play with Pozniak and Bartolomeau
starting. Pinizzotto explained, "Chris and Edgar give us a little
bit more speed and they were playing more into space. Whenever
Vignjevic or Lloyd Barker) play, they keep more possession of the
ball but don't penetrate as much."
Also playing well was the
maligned mid-fielder Nebojsa Vignjevic. Pinizzotto was very happy with the
play of Nicola Vignjevic's older brother, "He has all kinds of skill,
maybe not the pace but he has the experience. When he has possession
of the ball, he looks very good. That's his
Despite the loss, Isacco thought the team played
well. "A lot of the guys had a lot to prove and I think (the team)
proved that we can play with anyone in this league. (Long Island)
are a first place team. They're going to challenge for a
championship and by the looks of it, we are too".
concurred, "Overall, we have a team that can compete against
anybody. Whoever meets us in the play-offs is not going to have an
Notes: The Rough Riders locked up first place
in the Northeast Division with today's victory ..... Prior to the match,
the Lynx handed out their team awards. The winners were Lloyd Barker
(Public Relations), Brian Ashton (Fan Favourite), Adrian Serious
(Defensive Player), Francisco Dos Santos (Offensive Player) and Theo Zagar
(Most Valuable Player) ..... Pinball Clemons, Dick Howard and Gerry Dobson
were on hand to present the awards ..... Clemons was greeted with a
huge roar of tribute when he was introduced, probably the loudest crowd
noise heard at a Lynx match this season ..... the Lynx complete their
season on the road vs. Atlanta on Labour Day ..... their play-off game,
against an opponent yet to be determined, will take place next weekend on
the road ..... the atmosphere at Lynx matches has improved dramatically
over the past month since management decided to eliminate canned music
during play in favour of allowing the crowd to be heard. In the
past, the music broadcast through the stadium p.a. system usually
drowned out the cheers, chants and songs of the spectators .....
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