Teamtalk; Olympians Move Clear of Pack
by Winnipeg Fury

Olympians move clear of CPSL pack

21 August 2001 (TEAMtalk) - Toronto Olympians moved six points clear at the top of the CPSL by beating closest rivals St. Catharines Roma Wolves.

Olympians saw off their Ontario rivals 3-2 in one of only two Sunday games to survive the heavy rain.

Their position was made even stronger when Toronto Supra, another of the main challengers for first place, lost 1-0 away to the Montreal Dynamites.

Striker Bayette Smith was the hero for Olympians, who were trailing to the Wolves with just four minutes left at Birchmount Stadium.

Smith tied the scores with his first goal of the game, then produced the winning goal in the dying seconds. It leaves Olympians on a 9-5-1 record while St. Catharines and Supra both lie six points behind.

Supra missed a big chance at the weekend to make ground on their city rivals, being held 0-0 by the Ottawa Wizards on Saturday before losing at home to Montreal the next day, where Jocelyn Roy scored the only goal.

A new name has joined the race for league honours, and the CPSL is set for an exciting finish to the season with seven of the 12 teams still in with a chance.

Durham Flames leapt into contention with their 2-0 win over Olympians at Birchmount Stadium in their last game. Flames moved into sixth place in the standings, just three points behind second-place Supra and Wolves. The Oshawa team shutout the table-topping Olympians, Craig Patton scoring his ninth goal of the season with the other goal coming from Des Humphrey.

Brampton Hitmen, who had looked like ending the season without a win, have suddenly spurted into life.

Winless in their first nine games of the season, the expansion team have now won three in a row and leapfrogged three teams. The last two wins came inside a week, 2-1 over North York Astros and 3-1 against Montreal Dynamites.

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