North York Mirror: Offence hurts Astros
Offence hurts Astros (June 24, 2001)
By SAM LASKARIS Special to The Mirror
Early indications are the 2001 North York Astros will be much better than last year's squad.
But that doesn't entirely thrill Astros general manager Bruno Ierullo, who saw his club win just three of its 20 Canadian Professional Soccer League (CPSL) regular season matches in 2000.
So far this season, the Astros have played five games, with North York sporting a 1-2-2 record.
"I'm not pleased," Ierullo said. "I don't want us to just be better than last year. I want us to be in the thick of things."
With their current mark, the Astros sit in seventh place in the 12-team CPSL. But while North York has played five games to date, nine of the other league entrants have just three or four matches under their belts.
The Astros will be seeking their second win of the season today when they battle the visiting Glen Shields Sun Devils.
The contest will be held at the Astros' home field, Esther Shiner Stadium, 5720 Bathurst St. The opening kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
North York will be looking to capitalize on a frail Sun Devils team, which has lost its first three games and has yielded 16 goals while scoring four themselves.
"I don't mean to take Glen Shields lightly," Ierullo said. "On any given day, anybody in our league can beat anybody. But we're hoping to break out of our scoring malaise and hopefully in a big way. Our team needs some confidence on offence."
The Astros have yet to score more than two goals in a game this season, despite generating a handful of excellent scoring opportunities every game.
"We can't find the net," Ierullo added. "Our forwards are not efficient enough."
The Astros lack of scoring punch was demonstrated last week when North York was edged 2-1 by the Scarborough-based Toronto Olympians.
The Astros' next home game will be July 8 when they face the expansion Toronto Supra at 7 p.m.
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