Brampton Guardian: Hitmen Finding Ways to Win
by Winnipeg Fury

Hitmen finding ways to win


There was a time when it didn't matter how well the Brampton Hitmen played, they'd find a way to lose.

But that was the old Hitmen.

The new Hitmen can win even when they don't get a top performance.

Brampton's Canadian Professional Soccer League entry was wallowing in the league basement for the first half of the season. They didn't even pick up their first win until two weeks ago.

Now, they're finding wins coming much easier.

In fact, they're 4-1-1 in the past five outings-- including a 3-2 with over the York Region Shooters at Victoria Park on Wednesday evening

"We didn't play well," admitted coach Joe DaSilva, who is 4-2-2 since taking over the club. "We didn't play as well as we would have liked to but a win is a win."

But that didn't matter against the last-place Shooters.

Jeff Sousa's second goal of the season, with 12 minutes remaining, lifted the Hitmen to the 3-2 victory.

The win lifts the Hitmen to lofty heights in the 12-league. They now possess a record of 4-6-5 for 17 points- good for eighth spot in the standing.

Brampton never trailed in the contest, holding a one-goal lead on three separate occasions.

Phil Ionadi connected on a free kick to give the Hitmen a 1-0 lead but York Region pulled even before halftime.

Kurt Mella restored Brampton's one-goal margin early in the second half on to have the Shooters respond once more.

That set up Sousa's heroics. He pulled the goalkeeper out and tucked the game-winner home.

"He showed a goal-scorers touch," said DaSilva.

The Hitmen get a real test tonight when they host the first-place Toronto Olympians at Victoria Park Stadium. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

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