Finishing Strong
Lynx head into play-offs on high.
from the Lynx

CLARKSTON, GEORGIA-- Tuesday, September 5-The Toronto Lynx ended its 2000 regular season campaign of 28 games with a 2-1 win over the Atlanta Silverbacks at the DeKalb Memorial Stadium here last night for the team's
best finish since its A-League launch in 1997.

The A-League regular season came to an end last night, the Lynx finishing with a 13-11-4 win, lost, tie record for 59 points and third in the Northeast Division, nine points ahead of fourth place Montreal Impact with a 12-13-3 record and 54 points. The Northeast Division was won by the Long Island Rough Riders (16-9-3 for 76 points) with last year's U.S. champions, Rochester Raging Rhinos, in the runner-up position (17-9-2 for 75 points.)

The Lynx win last night dashed the Silverbacks' playoff hopes, the home team needing a win to jump in front of Raleigh Capital Express of the Atlantic Division  for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Following a scoreless first half, Lynx  midfielder Nikola Vignjevic opened the scoring for the Lynx  at the 63rd minute with a picture goal on a free kick from 25 yards. It was Vignjevic's sixth goal of the season. Atlanta tied the game on a goal by Brian Piesner, his seventh of the season at the
70th. minute mark and Lynx forward Aaron Benjamin slotted the game winner after 78 minutes following a free kick by defender Mauricio Vincello.

Atlanta outshot Toronto, 16-7, with Lynx goalkeeper Theo Zagar making 13 saves compared to Silverbacks' David Winner with six saves.


The Lynx will now travel to Long Island this Friday, September 8 to meet the Rough Riders in the first round of the playoffs for the A-League Championship. This first round one-game elimination will be played at the Mitchel Athletic Complex at Uniondale, N.Y.  Kickoff time is 7.30 p.m. Lynx
fans needing directions to Uniondale and the stadium location can receive assistance by calling the Toronto Lynx office between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

This is the first playoff for the Toronto Lynx in three years, having won a berth in the team's inaugural 1997 year, to be eliminated in the first round.

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