Teamtalk : St. Catherines Chases Olympians
by Winnipeg Fury

St. Catherines chases Olympians

by Andy Morris

29 August 2001 (TEAMtalk) -- St. Catharines Wolves face a key home game with the struggling Glen Shields Sun Devils on Wednesday as they look to close the gap on Canadian Professional Soccer League leaders Toronto Olympians.

Wolves have to win their next three games to catch the defending champions, and a visit by 3-8-2 Glen Shields should provide them with a good chance of making up ground.

Olympians have been on an impressive run, and now stand 11-5-1, but are well aware that their main rivals are the expansion Ottawa Wizards. Both teams won twice over the weekend, with Toronto keeping its four-point lead over the Wizards but have played four more games.

Olympians had to work hard to beat London City 1-0, where Dave Mancini scored the only goal.

Toronto then defeated the North York Astros 4-2 at the Esther Shiner Stadium in North York. Olympians scored three goals in the first half hour to take a commanding lead with goals from Paul Moore, Sebastian Wodsazka and Dave Mancini. Jim Bridge added the fourth in the second half, with the Astros fnding some consolation with goals by Jose Aniekwe and Paul Sincini.

Ottawa Wizards had two single-goal wins to keep up the pressure on Olympians, beating Glen Shields 1-0 on a Kevin Nelson penalty, and outlasting York Region Shooters 4-3. Wizards have only lost once this season, a 2-1 defeat at Toronto Croatia on June 29.

Elsewhere in the CPSL there were plenty of cards issued in weekend games, with four players ejected in the 1-1 tie between Toronto Croatia and Toronto Supra at Memorial Park in Mississauga.

There was plenty at stake in the final qualifier in the OZ Optics League Cup between Croatia and Supra on Sunday, but they managed to finish with 11 players each. Supra won 1-0 on a Samuel Afriyie goal to clinch the last semi-final spot from Group C. Supra joins Ottawa Wizards, St. Catharines Roma Wolves and Toronto Olympians in the last four of the competition.

In the Dufferin Clark encounter between Glen Shields Sun Devils and Montreal Dynamites there were three red cards but no goals.

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