From the CPSL site.
LONDON, Ontario—Tuesday, August 21, 2001
CPSL well represented at the
MEULEMAN AND MESANOVIC WITH ONTARIO
The CPSL is well represented at these Canada Games with players Pieter Meuleman of Durham Flames and Samir Mesanovic, a striker from Toronto Croatia, both playing for Ontario which is ranked high to repeat the gold medal success of Ontario's women last week. On the officials' side, the CPSL director of officials, Tony Camacho, was the soccer referee-in-chief for the Women's competition completed last week and Stan Adamson, the CPSL Director of Media and PR is here for the two weeks as the soccer information officer, often referred to as the media guy.
Meuleman looked sharp in practice this morning when the Ontario team worked out under head coach Danny Stewart and OSA director of coaching Jim Cannovan on a practice site on the east side of London. He is very much on his toes despite a grueling year that took him through the FIFA World Youth qualifiers followed by the finals in Argentina, then the Francophone games in Ottawa-Hull and several club games in a busy schedule with Durham Flames. The 6'3" 190 lb. 'keeper, who looks every bit the prospect for further honours in the next year or two, had a once-in-a-lifetime debut with Canada under 20 team when in the qualifiers for the world championship at the beginning of this year he earned a perfect three shut-outs in the two wins and a 0-0 tie at Victoria B.C. that got Canada through.
"It's been quite a year and I may be feeling it a little bit," said the first year Kinesiology student at Wilfred Laurier University when the scramble was called to a halt.
"But I love this game and I feel good about our games coming up this week." Ontario will meet Manitoba at 7.30 p.m. tonight and British Columbia at the same time tomorrow.
Hoping to put a few past Meuleman when Durham Flames host Toronto Croatia in the last week of the regular CPSL schedule on October 7 will be Semir Mesanovic, a striker who knows where the net is and he doesn't mind who is between the posts.
"Playing for Ontario, I once put two past my brother (Benjamin) when he was the goalkeeper for London City," said the Bosnian-born Mesanovic, who was transferred to Toronto Croatia from London recently. Mesanovic had all the moves during the morning workout. A former Bosnian National Team player, he won Rookie of the Year honours in his first season in the CPSL and was runner-up MVP.
Ontario defeated CPSL team London City 4-2 in an exhibition game at Cove Road last night and Masonovic struck one of the goals. Justin Dasah scored a pair for Ontario and Toli Dasteridis hit a single. Sandro Costintin and Steve Flatt were the marksmen for London.
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